Bishwo Shanti Stupa – the Peace Pagoda in Pokhara, Nepal

May 20, 2011 | Views: 893

(By Tsem Rinpoche)

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Few aspects of Man’s nature showcase his ingenuity more clearly than his talent for cruelty and conflict. Fortunately, another of those aspects is his capacity for compassion and forgiveness. It is from roots borne of these two diametrically opposite traits that the Pokhara Shanti Stupa – and 79 other Peace Pagodas like it – stand at sites across the world.

A Peace Pagoda is a monument to peace dedicated to the entire human race. The idea of erecting these shrines came from a Japanese Buddhist monk, Nichidatsu Fujii (1885–1985) who founded the Nipponzan-Myōhōji Buddhist Order.

Fujii first discovered that his calling was to create a worldwide peace movement in the early 1930s, on a trip to India where he met Mahatma Gandhi. After returning to pre-war Japan, he spoke out against the nation’s militarisation at a time when it was exceedingly dangerous to do so. The monk redoubled his efforts after witnessing the aftermath of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended the war.

 

History

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Nepal may be the birthplace of Lord Buddha but seventy Shanti Stupas had been built around the world before the nation became home to its first, the Pokhara Stupa. The structure is known in Nepali as the Bishwo Shanti Stupa, which translates into the World Peace Stupa. Another Peace Stupa has since been built at Lumbini, where Lord Buddha was born.

Bishwo Shanti Stupa had a difficult gestation, facing repeated delays and roadblocks before and during construction. The foundation stone was first laid on 12 September 1973 by Fujii himself and he also used the occasion to consecrate the ground with relics of the Buddha.

However, it was only on 21 May 1992, seven years after the monk’s passing that the foundation was re-laid and construction began unencumbered. The building was finally officially completed on 30 October 1999 and consecrated the following week.

The tireless efforts of Nipponzan-Myōhōji monk Morioka Sonin, nun Dharmashilla Guruma, and Nepal’s former deputy defence minister Min Bahadur Gurung were instrumental to the fruition of Fujii’s dream.

 

Location

For most of us who live in cities around the world, it is hard to imagine that the city of Pokhara is Nepal’s largest in terms of area, second-largest by population and even considered metropolitan. However, it only gets that last tag as the hub of the nation’s tourism industry, which is overwhelmingly focused on nature and religion.

Location of Pokhara

Location of Pokhara

Pokhara is located 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of the national capital, Kathmandu and itself serves as the capital of Gandaki Pradesh province. The Pokhara Peace Stupa is built at the top of Anada Hill in Pumdi Bhumdi Village, approximately 7 kilometres from the main market. It looks out onto the world from an altitude of 2,100 metres above sea level.

And what a sight there is to look out upon! Across the Pokhara Valley, a mere 24 kilometres (14 miles) away, lies the snow-capped Annapurna Range. This majestic wonder is home to three of the world’s ten tallest mountains – Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu.

Closer to the hill is the serene, mirror-like surface of Phewa Lake (or Phewa Tal). Some visitors choose to come to Pokhara Stupa via boat across the lake, which lies over 1,100 metres below the crest of the hill. The sound of the water and the nearing sight of the mountains and the brilliant stupa can be an inspiring prelude to any visit.

You may also travel along the side of the lake to get there. Either way, there is a winding uphill track from this point so if you want to reach the stupa, be prepared for a moderately arduous climb. It takes about an hour to cover the route.

 

The Structure

You can tell you have reached the summit of the hill when you see a path lined on both sides with colourful Tibetan prayer flags.

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The Pokhara Peace Stupa complex is spread over 11,000 sq. m of land, a beautiful monument made even more so by the beauty of its surrounding. Painted in brilliant white, the building shines resplendently in the bright sunlight so common to mountainous regions. Some say that it resembles the peaks of the Annapurna range in the background when they wear their own veneer of white snow.

The building has a circular footprint and is three times as tall as it is wide: 105 metres (345 feet) in diameter and 35 metres (115 feet) high. From a wide rectangular platform at the base of the stupa, a tapering stairway of 37 steps leads to the central structure. Visitors can circumambulate the stupa either on the first level at the base of the stairs or on the balcony around the stupa on the second level.

The stairs lead to the stupa’s second tier and end at a large roofed alcove in the white wall within which sits a golden Buddha. There are four statues of the Buddha around the stupa, each placed at a cardinal point of the compass. Each of these statues is different and they each depict an important milestone in the Buddha’s life. The four statues were donated by four different countries.

The statue at the north is ‘Dharmachakra Mudra’, a gift from Japan. On the west of the stupa is ‘Bodh Gaya’, an idol of Buddha donated by Sri Lanka. Thailand gifted the 6-feet-tall ‘Kushinagar‘ statue that sits on the west. ‘Lumbini’ which is placed at the southern point was created by a local sculptor and donated by Nepal.

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Above the main hall is the Dharmachakra, a Sanskrit name that means the Wheel of Dharma. It is a symbol of the cycle of life, the teachings of Lord Buddha and the Dharma. Above it, at the very top of the stupa is the ‘gajur’, a golden structure shaped to a point. Within, it houses a crystal stone, a gift from Sri Lanka that represents grace and intellect.

On auspicious days like the birthday of Lord Buddha, rituals and pujas are performed within the stupa as well as in the Dhamma Hall, a prayer hall built alongside it. The Dhamma Hall also contains statues of the Buddha and has 12 guestrooms. It was the first building erected on the site, completed on 28 November 1973.

Adjacent to the stupa is a small bust of Min Bahadur Gurung, Nepal’s first deputy defence minister, who donated the land on which the stupa is built on.

 

Visiting the Stupa

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Admission to the Pokhara Peace Stupa is free, as it is at each of the other 79 Peace Stupas around the world. However, there are opening and closing times which vary by season.

In the summer months between April and September, the pagoda is open to the public from 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. In the winter months, this window is shortened to 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. because of the lower temperatures and darkening days.

Note that the blazing sun beats ferociously down on the hilltop from a nearly cloudless sky in the summer. This can make the platforms extremely hot and uncomfortable since footwear is not allowed beyond the base of the stairs. Visit in the earlier or later hours for an experience that features less hopping.

Give yourself about 3 hours to complete the entire trip from across the lake and back again.

 

Visiting Pokhara

The Pokhara region is one of the most popular tourist areas in Nepal. This is both because it hosts numerous cultural and religious sites holy to Buddhism and Hinduism, and also as it is a gateway to the imposing Annapurna Range. Besides the Peace Stupa, several temples and monasteries dot the area.

 

Getting There

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Over the years, the government has helped create a dense network of road and air connections between Pokhara and the rest of the country. Pokhara Airport is well served by domestic and international flights that operate regularly throughout the year.

Most foreign visitors arrive here via a flight from Kathmandu which takes approximately half an hour. A new airport currently under construction in the southwest of the city will soon give tourists the option of flying directly to Pokhara.

 

Accommodation

The Pokhara tourism scene is centred largely on the northern shore of picturesque Phewa Lake. There are literally hundreds of hotels and inns in the area, ranging from a couple of 5-star establishments (Phulbari Resort & Spa and Pokhara Grande) to an unending list of no-star choices.

The mid-range options will be to most visitors’ satisfaction.

 

Getting Around

Pokhara Peace Stupa is popular with local, regional and international pilgrims and tourists. Because of this, there is no shortage of transport options and the public transport system includes local and regional buses, micro-buses and metered taxis. There are also several informal businesses that rent out scooters.

Note that the uphill track to the Pokhara Peace Stupa can be a challenge for a spluttering 50 cc machine. While having your own transportation can mean freedom, maintenance standards for these vehicles are virtually non-existent and your ride may be an adventure or misadventure in its own right.

For visitors who want to balance convenience and affordability, the local private bus network is often the best option. If you wish to travel regionally, the nearby Purano Bus Park is the main regional interchange for routes that cover the country.

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In fact, there are services from Pokhara Airport directly to Phewa Lake and even straight to Pokhara Shanti Stupa. The first is convenient for those who wish to rest after their trip to Pokhara. It has the added advantage of an option to take a boat trip across the lake.

The downside is that there is still the uphill trek to the stupa and, although it is not very arduous, the journey will still take about an hour to complete. On the bright side, there is absolutely no shortage of restaurants and cafes along the route so you can replenish and rejuvenate.

Taxis, buses and other vehicles make their way up via Kalimati of Pumdi Bhumdi Village. A cable car service is about to be launched that will take visitors from the edge of the lake to the summit of Anada Hill. This will be very helpful for the elderly and those with mobility impairments.

 

What to Do

Pokhara is one of the stops on the Annapurna Circuit and, so, has long been accustomed to hosting religious pilgrims. Now, though, there is a new breed of tourists that are drawn to its rugged terrain for both mountaineering and adventure sports.

The region has a very rich landscape and there are a number of waterfalls and rapids in the vicinity popular with both locals and outsiders. Activities like skydiving, bungee jumping and paragliding have gained a lot of traction in recent years, too. The Phewa Lake area is especially conducive because of its steep topography and wonderful vistas.

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An International Mountaineering Museum, the world’s first, showcases the amazing achievements of Nepalese and other enthusiasts in the field. There is also a Gurkha Museum dedicated to one of the world’s most feared fighting forces.

Pokhara is one of the main stops along the route taken by Tibetan refugees fleeing the Chinese occupation of Tibet. There is a Tibetan refugee camp craft museum in the city that is worth a visit.

 

Working Towards an Elusive Goal

Many people had assumed that the nightmarish scenes broadcast around the world after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki would forever turn the human race off warfare. But how easily we forget.

Even in these ‘enlightened’ times, innocent people across the planet are killed every day for holding different religious beliefs, unpopular political opinions or even for having a skin tone too light or too dark.

Nichidatsu Fujii said that he wanted to build 100 Peace Pagodas around the globe. We are currently at 80 and worldwide efforts continue to bring that goal closer every day. In the meantime, the Pokhara Stupa and the 79 others like it across the planet were never more important to the spiritual sanctity of the human race than they are today.

 

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  1. Pastor Elena Khong Jean Ai on Feb 12, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Beautiful stupa! I think it is wonderful that such a large religious monument (for lack of a better word!) was being constructed as late as 1999. What I love about Nepal is that it is so openly spiritual. It is so easy to make offerings, so easy to get ritual accouterments, so easy to find a place to practice, so easy to collect merit, so full of temples and practitioners. For Buddhists, going to Nepal should not be treated as a holiday but as a retreat of sorts, a real opportunity to step back from our secular, everyday lives (where we only create more karma to keep ourselves in samsara) and actually engage in merit-accumulation practices.

    But I digress! This article is pretty short on stupas but there’s another on Rinpoche’s blog that’s more extensive. To learn more about stupas, check out this article (https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=31030). It covers the benefits of making a stupa, the different types of stupas, the scriptural basis for making stupas, and offers images and examples of various types of stupas around the world!

  2. Beatrix Ooi on Feb 6, 2016 at 3:22 am

    I visited Nepal with my family a couple of years back but sadly we didn’t get to visit this holy stupa. Nepal is a beautiful country and the culture is very beautiful, I really love some places in Nepal especially those areas that are close to mountains. I would definitely love to visit Nepal again, my favourite food would be paneer, somehow they have the BEST paneer! I just heard that an earthquake has just hit Kathmandu, it’s really sad to hear about the news, I hope that those people who are injured can recover swiftly and may everyone be safe.

  3. meiyin on Apr 20, 2014 at 12:05 am

    visited it in 2012.Morning,we arrived by car, the mist eddied round the Stupa, nothing can see. Same day afternoon, we walk 45 min to reach here, the mist already run away and meet a Tourist write a Special Note to witness the Doomsday, and wishing Peace & Happiness to everyone in the world. Same day, different ways to reach same place with same people, but also meet different people, view, and experience.
    Interesting thing is, still remember the 45 min journey, what are we doing along the journey.

  4. Pastor Yek Yee on Jun 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Something really make me open my mind, only a stupa…need spent ten years just can finish that is how much negative karma we have. I really pray for this stupa and hope everyone who have merit visit this stupa must pray respect to it. Respect not because of the physical but is the quality of mind stream.

  5. wong kok thai on Sep 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    saya penah melawat Nepal beberapa kali dan megalami suasana yang tidak sama, Nepal adalah satu negara yang penuh dengan tempat lawatan agama, satu daripadanya adalah pokhara stupa, stupa ini di siap bina selama 26 tahun walaupau pengajur menghadapi masalah kewangan, rakyat di sana bersopan santum dan cuaca di sana pun baik untuk melawat sepanjang tahun, saya megucap terima kasih kapada tuan blog ini kerana dia memberitahu bahawa stupa yang cantik ini dan saya ingin melawat tempat ini secepat mungkim , terima kasih, wong kok thai

  6. Paul Yap on May 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Very nice stupa, i wish i can have the merit to visit this place too!

  7. kwan yee on May 23, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Nice stupa, i been there twice before!! Good experience for me to take an hours walk up to the peak. You can view the himalaya mountain surrounding the stupa. The people there are so nice and friendly, i brought them some old clothes and stationary for the kids. Good memory for me.

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    Tuesday, Feb 18. 2020 04:32 PM
    Amazing architecture of a small village Toyuq, located 50 km east of Turpan in the Flaming Mountains. Amazing ancient Buddhist caves dug into the hillside dated as far back as 3rd century AD. Well….they are the oldest in Xinjiang. With an interesting history behind this village. Buddhism spread here from India along the ancient Silk Road but declined after the Turkic Muslim conquests in the late 13th century. Many then converted to Muslim and a number of caves of ancient painting were destroyed. Amazing pictures of ceiling panels with standing Buddhas, and Thousand-Buddha motifs in the post . Its indeed a treasure trove of stone carvings and mural paintings .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/toyuq-village.html

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For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. To receive the blessings of Loma Gyonma, the Goddess of Healing and Epidemic Diseases, and to pray for all who are at risk from the novel coronavirus to be healed and protected. -photo credit Cynthia Ng - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
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Back during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Rinpoche advised everyone to quickly accumulate 25,000 recitations of Loma Gyonma’s essence mantra ASAP, combined with daily recitation of both Loma Gyonma and Shize’s mantra. In view of the current situation with the global spread of the novel coronavirus, you are invited to a special prayer session in Kechara Forest Retreat where we will be collectively accumulating a minimum of 25,000 Loma Gyonma mantras, combined with circumambulations and 108 candle offerings each to Loma Gyonma and Dorje Shugden. DATE: Saturday, 15 February 2020 TIME: 3.00pm - 6.30pm VENUE: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mr. Chan Weng Khong & Yee Mun released the birds after the mantra recitations. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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KISG has carried out monthly Animals Liberation activity at DR Park, Ipoh. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children are all excited to the Kids Camp. Lin Mun KSDS
Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
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Kids Camp 2019 - Visiting Kechara Farm. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning to do water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Painting Vajrayogini tsa tsa during Wesak Day 2019. Lin Mun KSDS
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Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Beautiful red lanterns around Vajrayogini Stupa at Kechara Forest Retreat. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 weeks ago
Thank you very much for the beautiful calligraphy artwork. shared by Pastor Antoinette
The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The rain may have doused the fires but the embers of pain still linger in our hearts. Sending Australia our love & prayers. Let's continue to #PrayForAustralia. ❤️ shared by Pastor Antoinette
Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Auspicious red decorations at Tsongkhapa shrine. Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong. shared by Pastor Antoinette
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here's to new beginnings and better endings with this Year of the Metal Rat! shared by Pastor Antoinette
Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback KSDS Graduation - All kids were so excited with to perform. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback WOAH camp 2016 - DIY soap. So interesting. Lin Mun KSDS
Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children learning the method to make water offering to Buddha. Lin Mun KSDS
Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
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Monthly animal liberation in Kechara House. KSDS have opportunity to participate in the meritorious activity every mth. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - Wonderful volunteers. Lin Mun KSDS
Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
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Throwback Kids camp 2019 - The nature of KFR is expressed on this drawing. Lin Mun KSDS
Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
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Special thanks to Hue, one of our dedicated members in Kechara Penang Study Group. Thanks for helping out during our bird liberation. ~Jacinta
Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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Animal Liberation is one of the great ways to show empathy, kindness and compassion to kids. Start them early! ~Jacinta, Kechara Penang Study Group
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