Stupa and a Bodhi Tree Precinct

One of the main types of Buddhist architecture, is a particular round shape building called a stupa. A stupa is a structure which is usually round and originally shaped like an upturned bell. Sometimes these are solid, with no entrance, but has a central chamber.

The stupa was based on burial mounds which were built in India before the time of Buddha, 2,500 years ago. Stupas were built to house the remains of the Buddha which were divided and given to different regions. From that time on, the stupa has been an important Buddhist structure.

The most common use of a stupa is as a place for sacred relics, and as a focus for the devotions of a Buddhist community. Walking around the stupa in a clockwise direction is considered as an act of merit.

The Bodhi Tree also known as Bo a large and very old sacred fig tree located in Bodh Gaya, under which Siddhartha Gautama, the spiritual teacher who later became known as the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment. In religious iconography, the Bodhi Tree is recognizable by its heart-shaped leaves, which are usually prominently displayed.

On December 8, Bodhi Day celebrates Buddha’s enlightenment underneath the Bodhi Tree. Those who follow the Dharma greet each other by saying, “Budu saranai!” which translates to “may the peace of the Buddha be yours.

The Stupa and a Bodhi Tree Precinct is on the Goodna Temple grounds.

Bodhi-gara and Stupa opening ceremony