The stupa is located at the Solbo Buddhist retreat center north of Fellingsbro, Sweden.
The Stupa can be thought of as an exotic jewel in an ancient rural landscape – it is built in the traditional Tibetan style, 11 meters high and was inaugurated in 1988 by the Dalai Lama.
A Stupa’s function includes being a source of inspiration and a meeting place for people from all cultures: it is for this reason that it is called the Peace Monument.
The Stupa’s official name is You Khor Djangchub Choten Töndröl Chenmo – “Kalachakras and Enlightenment Stupa whose presence frees”.
The main building is a large temple room. There is also an altar temple for the Buddhist master Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) in that area.
Café Solbo provides information materials and refreshments for all visitors.
Having a Stupa is a common feature of the Buddhist culture. The Stupa has an artistically perfect form symbolizing Buddha’s pure mind, which is the union of universal love and wisdom. It reminds us that we humans can reconcile a good heart with intelligence within ourselves.
According to Mahaparinirvana Sutra, Buddha said that recovery makes:
‘Many people’s hearts become peaceful and happy’
Every part of the building has its own symbolic meaning. Inside the stupa is a prayer wheel within which are stored 350 million mantras. It is said that every circumambulation of the Stupa will help to spread peace and happiness throughout the world.
The stupa was built on the initiative of Venerable Lama Ngawang. It was inaugurated 1987 by His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and by the Nobel Peace Prize winner laureate the Dalai Lama at an inter-religious ceremony, 1988.
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