The Benefits of Building a Stupa, Offering Prostrations, Presenting Offerings, Circumambulating It and Making Aspirations

Kyabje Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche

Homage to the Three Jewels!
I will explain briefly the benefits of building a Sugata Stupa and the benefits for the faithful ones prostrating to it, presenting offerings and circumambulating it. Assembly of fortunate ones interested in the genuine scriptures that I have quoted here as witnesses, accept these with joy!

In the Karmavibhanga Sutra it is said:

The Buddha spoke to the young Brahmin Shuka: There are eighteen benefits of building a Tathagata Stupa. What are these eighteen?

  1. One will be born as the child of a great king

    Photo 3.53 Stupa at Godavari
  2. One will have a noble body
  3. One will become beautiful and very attractive
  4. One will have sharp sense faculties
  5. One will be powerful and famous
  6. One will have a great entourage of servants
  7. One will become a leader of men
  8. One will be a support to all
  9. One will be renowned in the ten directions
  10. One will be able to express oneself in words and verses extensively
  11. One will receive offerings from men and gods
  12. One will possess many riches
  13. One will obtain the kingdom of a universal monarch
  14. One will have long life
  15. One's body will be like a collection of vajras
  16. One's body will be endowed with the major marks and the minor signs (of a Buddha)
  17. One will take rebirth in the three higher realms
  18. One will swiftly attain complete nirvana These eighteen points are the benefits of building a Tathagata Stupa.


In the Manjushri Mula Tantra it is said:

If one builds a Stupa with one's own hands in order purify one's body, one will be able to do so even if one has committed the five heinous crimes. If one builds one hundred thousand Stupas one will become the universal ruler of all knowledge-holders, completely understand all scriptures and be endowed with skills and wisdom. During an Abiding Aeon, after death, one will always be born as a king and never go to the three lower realms. Like the sun rising in a central country, one will be endowed with all sense faculties, retain what one has learned and remember one's former lives.

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