Vishwa Shanti Stupa- Let there be peace!

I have included three pictures here. The first is the World Peace Pagoda at New Delhi, India that I visited today. It was super gloomy, so sadly no good looking clouds in there. 🙁 The second is the world’s highest altitude Stupa of this kind at Leh, Ladakh, India. The third picture got me greedy. It was the view of the Leh Stupa from a distance. I just couldn’t resist putting it here. Notice the small white dot. :)⁣

There are 80-odd World Peace Pagodas(Vishwa Shanti Stupa), 7 of which are in India. Inspired by Gandhi’s emphasis on non-violence, and post the trauma inflicted by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese monk Fujii Guruji established the Nipponzan-Myohoji school. They set about establishing these serene Stupas all over the world (including Europe and North America), starting from Hiroshima in Japan and Rajgir in India in the 1960s. ⁣

Buddhist Stupas hold a special place in my heart. I love the rendering of the Buddha in many poses all around the stupa. To me these represent the Sagun Brahmana- the God with attributes and form, where the God is amongst us, can be seen, talked to, touched. On the other hand, these Stupas almost singularly espouse the cause of peace. To me this idea of a Stupa represents the Nirguna Brahmana form of God, one that can’t be explained by the five major senses, but can only be felt. It’s the highest form of consciousness.⁣

I love spending time by the Stupas- ancient and new, for the inner peace they offer me. I have been to four of these, all in India. Have you been to any, anywhere in the world? Let me know in the comments.⁣

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