Aussie first for peace 'stupa'
MONKS, spiritualists, peace-seekers, and the curious will flock to the Crystal Castle near Mullumbimby this weekend for the grand opening of the Kalachakra World Peace Stupa.
The vibrant structure, standing eight metres high, has been blessed by the Dalai Lama, and is the first kalachakra stupa in the Southern Hemisphere and only the seventh to be built in the world.
Owners of the Crystal Castle, Naren and Sono King, yesterday said the structure's purpose was to bring peace and balance to the earth and its people in times of war, chaos and environmental damage.
When the pair travelled overseas to meet the Dalai Lama a few years ago, and asked to build a stupa, the monks and the great man himself asked them to build this specific stupa in Australia, as they believed it was what the earth needed at the time.
And so exactly a year ago, construction began.
Mrs King said the whole experience was "a blessing" and they were so lucky to finally be able to see the finished product, after three years of planning and construction.
The ceremony and massive blessing will take place tomorrow, from 11.30am. It will be led by the Dalai Lama's Australian representative, Mr Sonam Dagpo, with the six Gyuto Monks staying at the Crystal Castle in attendance.
Mr and Mrs King said their daughter Ayla, will sing John Lennon's Imagine at the ceremony, by request of the Tibetan monks, who said the song is the Western equivalent of chanting for peace.
The structure stands as a huge "wheel of time" said Mr King, with its collection of prayer wheels framing the sides.
Mrs King said inside each prayer wheel were 130,000 prayers, and the Tibetans believe that when the wheel is spun, prayers are sent into the universe.
Inside the stupa, there was an array of contributed items, including more than 2000 plaster Buddha's made by local children, cherished objects from community members, Bibles and items for "every possible religious faith," said Mr King.
An assembly is to begin from 11.15am before a procession to the stupa starts.
Entry is free.