The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion Ltd
The Great Stupa being built near Bendigo, Australia will be 50 metres (164 feet) square at its base and nearly 50 metres high. This will make it the largest stupa in the Western World. The Great Stupa will be a place of pilgrimage for people of all traditions as well as a place of worship for our fast growing Australian Buddhist community. The architecture, engineering and construction of the Great Stupa are based on the requirement for the Great Stupa to last for 1,000 years. Expected to cost over $20 million the Great Stupa is funded entirely by donations. The Great Stupa has a vast collection of sacred Buddhist relics that have been offered from many Buddhist traditions including Burmese, Chinese, Mongolian, Thai, Tibetan and Vietnamese.
The Great Stupa Exhibition centre houses a vast collection of sacred Buddhist relics which have been collected for the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion. Over 100 relics of Buddhas and Buddhist saints are included in the collection. Visitors will see the progress in construction of The Great Stupa. Other highlights include the 4 metre high Guru Rinpoche statue (blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama), a display of the Jade Buddha Project, a working Tibetan ritual artist.