During Chenrezig Institutes 20th Anniversary in 1994 Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the spiritual director of the FPMT, initiated the idea of a garden of stupas, a place where people can sponsor stupas for themselves or those who have passed away.
The main building has 13 separate shrine rooms containing stupas, paintings, a mandala and hundreds of sponsored gold tiles. On the roof of this building are the Eight Great Stupas commemorating the deeds of the Buddha. These stupas are dedicated to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the many kind residents and teachers who have helped Chenrezig Institute become the vibrant centre it is today. Around the main building is a veranda for circumambulation and many prayer wheels. The building inside and out is decorated in traditional Tibetan style.
Surrounding the main building are beautiful flower gardens with several water features and shaded seating. Within these gardens are many smaller memorial stupas. The surrounding area is natural bushland with many native birds and animals.
All of the work including the stupas, all of the decorations, the prayer wheels and art works were done by hunderds of long and short term volunteers working for over 15 years. The project reached near completion in June 2011 just in time for a visit from His Holiness the Dalai Lama who blessed the site before giving teachings to 4000 people alongside the gardens.
NOTE: Stupas in this project remain for perpetuity.
For more detail about how to sponsor a stupa for yourself or a loved one, or buy one for your own garden, follow this link: