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Lama Zopa Rinpoche recently expressed a wish to share photos of some of the stupas at Kachoe Dechen Ling, Rinpoche’s house in California, to illustrate how stupas can be part of our daily life. The stupas in the photos were installed according to Rinpoche’s advice so that they can be walked around when talking on the phone and as part of the daily comings and goings.
Rinpoche shares the story of how he came to give this advice. One day, Rinpoche was talking on the phone and walking round “all the relics, pictures of Buddha, and tsa-tsas that I [had] piled up on a round table in my room.” Rinpoche had the thought that Ven. Roger (Rinpoche’s attendant) and Ven. Holly (Ven. Roger’s assistant) should have a stupa to walk around for the many hours they spend talking on the phone. Rinpoche then thought to extend this advice to all centers and the International Office.
“Arrange some small stupas on a table. It can be many tsa-tsas, but especially you should have some stupas that contain the four powerful mantras, as well as photos of Buddha, statues, texts, etc. It should be beautifully set up, very pleasing and inspiring. Make delightful offerings – flowers, water, lights and other offerings – around the stupas. The seven precious royal emblems and eight offering goddesses, carrying offerings, etc., can go around the edge of the table. The stupa could be either in the garden, in the middle of each room, or in the center of the building,” Rinpoche advised.
“Then, because people spend many hours on the telephone, they can take the opportunity to circumambulate as much as they can. Even if their speech is not virtuous, due to motivation, the action of their body becomes virtuous; not only virtuous, but the cause of enlightenment, the highest success, and, by the way, liberation from samsara and happiness in future lives.”
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