The Marble Stupa Project is a pilgrimage project led by Diamond Mountain Retreat Center. The goal of the Project is to bring healing and peace to participants with themselves and in their relationships with people and the world around them. This healing process is brought on through application of ancient wisdom.

But what is a stupa and how do these fit into Diamond Mountain’s culture?

In short, a stupa is a dome-shaped structure.  This ancient architecture is intended as a sepulchral monument, or a burial place and physical keeper of religious and symbolic items.  Diamond Mountain explains that there are five types of stupas:

  • Relic stupas
  • Object stupas
  • Commemorative stupas
  • Symbolic stupas
  • And votive stupas

Symbolism of a Stupa

DMRC explains that the process of building a stupa is thought to offer lasting lessons in compassion, wisdom and mindfulness.  Building and then owning a stupa offers the builder an awareness that illuminates through the experience. 

For more information on the Marble Stupa Project, visit DMRC’s official website.  And stay tuned for more blog posts featuring the Project.