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The Eight Tantrayana Stupas at Himalaya


The Eight Tantrayana Stupas at Himalaya

Variations that do occur in Tantrayana Stupas at Himalaya follow the Tibetan belief that the Dharma mandated the construction of eight types of Stupa, corresponding to the eight great events of Buddha life and their associated pilgrimage spots. The principal differences among the eight types concern the stepped terraces between the lion plinth and the vase. Although almost always numbering four (occasionally three or five), the terraces may be circular, square-cornered, octagonal or even 20-cornered.


Tibetan texts agree as to the basic designs these eight stupa types should follow, but the various texts offer roughly 10 different explanations of what the eight represent.


Although the eight Tantrayana stupas at Himalaya occasionally appear side by side in one line or in two rows of four, most commonly they stand alone. In Himalayan lands today, the most commonly seen lone stupa of the eight types – the Mahabodhi, or enlightenment stupa – displays a plain, four-tiered base and a simple dome with no Buddha niches. Devotees typically whitewash the entire.


The most cited version of the eight Tantrayana stupa types at Himalaya are :

1. BIRTH : Round tiers decorated with lotus petals, one large Buddha niche on the dome.

2. ENLIGHTENMENT : Plain square tiers, no Buddha niche.

3. TURNING OF THE WHEEL : Square tiers with auspicious doorways (niches) along each level and each side of the base.

4. MIRACLES : Plain square tiers, one Buddha niche on each side of the dome.

5. DESCENT FROM TUSHITA  HEAVEN : Same as Miracles, adding a set of stairs leading from each niche.

6. RECONCILIATION OF THE SANGHA : Square (or occasionally octagonal) tiers decorated with flowers.

7. VICTORY : Round tiers decorated with Dharmachakra (Dharma Wheels).

8. PARINIRVANA : No tiers, no Buddha niche, dome is often bell-shaped rather than vase-shaped.


Indonesian Buddhist Stupa

Vajrayana Buddhist Stupa at Godavari, Nepal

The Pictures of Padmasambhava Stupa

Chimpu Meditation Cave ( Sangtok Pelreg ) in Samye – Tsedang, Tibet.



Chimpu Meditation Cave  ( Samye Chimpu )

Chimpu is the mountain where Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) ever do meditaion, known as Chimpu Meditation Cave / Sangtok Pelreg. There are many small and big cave for meditation in Samye-Chimpu. There are also many Stupas and some monastery which are built in Samye Chimpu.

Beside Padmasambhava there are many great masters have also meditated in Samye Chimpu  such as Mahacarya Atisha, Longchenpa, Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal and many others.

The Second Buddha, Padmasambhava said that the Chimpu valley is like an opened lotus, thus seen in its outer aspect, it is in the shape of the petals of an opened lotus, in its inner aspect it is Vajra-varahi’s original matrix comprising the three aspects of total liberation, and in its secret aspect it rests in the cosmic expanse of the Vajra Queen’s vulva.

Samye Chimpu is a holy place especially for meditation, there are many miracle happen in this holy place.


On the surface of a rock there is Guru Rinpoche / Padmasambhava’s footprint two Dom (approx 4 meters) in length.


There is also the footprint of Princess Yeshe Tsogyal one of the holy Dakini in Tibet who devoted her life to Padmasambhava.


Cave below the rock that has Padmasambhava’s footprint. There is Padmasambhava statue carved on cave walls.


There are also carved of Bodhisattva, Vajra and Stupa which arises by itself on the wall of the mount.



The meditation cave of Longchenpa in Chimpu Maditation Cave ( Sangtok Pelreg ).


This is a very sacred place where Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche)  gave the first Dharma Teachings to the king and the people of Tibet.

Samye Monastery – Tsedang, Tibet



Samye Monastery


Samye Monastery is the first Buddhist Monastery in Tibet.

Samye Monastery is located in Tsedang. The monastery was built in the seventh century by Guru Rinpoche ( Padmasambhava ).


The gate of the Samye Monastery that is bulit later.


Installation of the flag in front of yard monastery.


Dharma Brothers and Dharma Sisters from TharpaLing Jakarta took picture in front of Samye Monastery when visited Tibet last September 2013.


Samye Monastery is surrounded by four Stupas which are bulit in four different colours.


One of the Stupa was built and painted green colour.


SUTRA and TANTRA Buddhist scriptures both KAMA and TERMA Lineage are stored and organized neatly inside the Samye Monastery.

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