Since the 1960s, Tibetan Buddhist stupas (monuments) have been built in various parts of the United States as a blessing for the country and its people, and a planting of the Buddhadharma in a new land. North American stupa building continues to this day.
Recently Lama Sean Jones of Chicago Karma Thegsum Choling and Lama Kathy Wesley of Columbus KTC visited the site of a future stupa to be built in honor of His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa just north of Chicago. The photos accompanying this article are from their visit to the land.
Plans call for the stupa to be built a few miles away from the hospital in Zion Illinois where His Holiness 16th Karmapa passed away in 1981.
The property is 10 acres and has a house and barn and pond. Out in the field are prayer flags in the shape of a circle, outlining the circular three-level building that will house a beautiful stupa dedicated to His Holiness 16th Gyalwang Karmapa.
The Karmapa 16 Center will be a place of pilgrimage for people and will contain relics as well as artifacts from the extraordinary life of the great Karmapa who visited America in the 1970s and 1980s and brought dharma to the land.
Board members Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche, Lama Phuntsok, and Damayonti Sengupta, advised by the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, now are working on the first phase of the project, raising the $600,000 needed to purchase the property.
If you would like to help make the stupa a reality, you can contact the Karmapa 16 Center through its website: http://karmapacenter16.org