We are moving into Autumn so quickly this year. The temperatures are cooling and there is the smell of change in the air. Fall colours in all their splendour will soon be on their way. It’s a beautiful time to be at the centre; no bugs, cool clean air and the natural quietude of the forest.
As I walk the land I stop to rest beside one of our stupas. We are blessed to have four monuments at the centre, all built by sangha members under direction of skilled master builders, each with their unique flavour and history. There has been considerable effort and joy put into the construction of each of them and they continue to be a source of inspiration and beauty as well as an aid to practice.
Stupa, a word derived from the ancient Sanskrit language meaning the crown of the head, are a representation of the human connection with the Divine. They have been likened to acupuncture needles on the earth, focusing the energies of the five elements; earth, water, fire, air, space into power points which spread the benefit for the awakening of all beings promoting world peace, harmony and healing. In the eastern traditions these are also elements that compose the human body and the stupas are a reflection of our subtle energy body read more on stupas- http://www.aung.com/spirituality/international-peace-pagoda-project-ippp
Like us these monuments are ageing and are in need of some tender loving care. We have the expertise available, but we do need your help to repair these precious monuments. Some individuals have already expressed interest in learning about these precious stupas and rupas and expressed interest in being involved in their renovation. You too could participate by donating some much needed funds to the project and of course your time if you have some to spare, would be most welcome.
We look forward to seeing you soon at the centre.
Dharma Centre of Canada