Great Stupa of Universal Compassion
The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion is the largest Buddhist monument in Australia and home of the largest Jade Buddha in the world.
The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion is a not-for-profit organisation and major tourist attraction based in Bendigo in Central Victoria.
The idea to build a Great Stupa on the property in Bendigo was the vision of Lama Thubten Yeshe. The idea to base the design of the stupa on the Great Stupa of Gyantse, was the vision of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa were the founders of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition.
The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion is 50 metres square snd nearly 50 metres high. This makes it the largest stupa in the Western World.
The Great Stupa is the same design and size as the Gyantse Stupa (Kumbum) in Tibet. The Gyantse Stupa is one of the treasures of the Buddhist world. Professor David L. Snellgrove has said: 'The Stupa of Gyantse may well be accounted the chief wonder of the Tibetan Buddhist world in that it records iconographically in its interior practically the whole pantheon of Indo-Tibetan religion up to the time of its construction during the first half of the 15th century.'
The Gompa (temple) inside the Stupa will have many features of traditional large Tibetan gompas including large statues of Buddhas and deities. The Gompa will be used for pujas, meditation and teachings. It is also designed to present an overview of Buddhism to visitors.
Beautiful gardens surround the Stupa and the Peace Park showcases symbols from many faiths including Catholic, Sikh, Islam, Hindu and Buddhist.
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⊜ 25 Sandhurst Town Road Myers Flat | Map
✆ (03) 5446 7568
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