The Enlightenment Stupa in Benalmadena, Spain

The Enlightenment Stupa

Driving alongside A-368, enjoying Costa Del Sol beaches and the panoramic scenery, your sight and breath are stopped by an extraordinary view.

The Enlightenment Stupa in Benalmadena, Spain Unexpectedly a huge and beautiful white building with a gold spire, standing proud and high above the Mediterranean Sea appears. Your heart and soul start feeling peaceful and kind. The unusual architecture, sharing out inner peace, calmness and harmony. Walking and closing it, you find it gets bigger and bigger, you feel the Goodness in your soul. That is the Enlightenment Stupa in Benalmadena, Spain - the Greatest Stupa in the Western World.

Stupas are the oldest and most prevalent forms of Buddhist architecture. They are also Buddhist shrines that came into existence after Buddha’s death. Wherever these monuments were built it was either to commemorate Buddha’s eight great deeds during his life or to enshrine the holy relics of Buddhism. You will find that the Stupas are built to represent symbolically the five elements of our universe – earth, water, fire, air and consciousness.

The presence of the Enlightenment Stupa in Spain is due to the great Buddhist Master from Bhutan, Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche. The project was supported by the local Government of Benalmadena City with its Mayor at that time, Don Enrique Bolin. The architect Wojtek Kossowski, who participated in the construction of 18 other Stupas, guided the project and whole process of building.

Inaugurated on 5th of October, 2003 the Stupa in Benalmadena is 33 meters (108 feet) tall with a base width of 25.8 meters (82 feet) and contains 100 square meter (1100 square-foot) meditation hall inside.
The Enlightenment Stupa in Benalmadena, Spain
Buddha Statue in The Enlightenment Stupa in Benalmadena, Spain It is completely filled with holy objects – there are around 6000 reliefs of Buddha, innumerable sacred objects and relicts brought from powerful Buddhist places in the Himalayas, Buddhist prayers printed on cotton paper and many others.
 
The most precious relict is a Buddha Kashyapa Relict - the previous Buddha before Buddha Shakyamuni’s times.

The paintings on the walls of the meditation hall represent the life story of the Historical Buddha Shakyamuni and have been designed by Nepalese artists in the traditional religious style of the Himalayas.
An additional space for exhibitions related to Tibetan Buddhism, the Himalayan culture and Stupas around the world, has been adapted underneath the meditation hall.

Wall Paintings in The Enlightenment Stupa in Benalmadena, Spain Wall Paintings in The Enlightenment Stupa in Benalmadena, Spain

There is an exhibition room under the meditation hall, related to Tibetan Buddhism, the Himalayan culture and Stupas around the world.
The Stupa and its activity are directed and administrated by the cultural association Asociacion Cultural Karma Kagyu de Benalmadena and its spiritual guide is H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje.

 

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A Model of The Enlightenment Stupa in Benalmadena, Spain

Official Website: www.stupabenalmadena.org

 

Map of The Enlightenment Stupa in Benalmadena, Spain

The Enlightenment Stupa in Benalmadena, Spain

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