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The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion continues to rise from the bush of Victoria, Australia. The massive project has been captured in an impressive new video that shows the current development of the 50-meter [164-foot] stupa in Maiden Gully, near Bendigo.
The video was shot by a camera attached to a “mini-drone,” providing amazing aerial views of the grounds and stupa, which when completed will be the same size and design as the Great Stupa of Gyantse in Tibet and will house a gompa, many large holy statues as well as sacred relics. In addition to construction on the stupa, workers are busy with planting and landscaping the grounds. Rosemary and lavender are currently being planted.
The development of the Great Stupa began in the mid-1990s. Ian Green, a long-time student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, directs the $20-million project. In a 2011 interview with Mandala, he talked about the history of the site, its progress and his involvement with FPMT.
Reflecting on the project’s pace of development, Ian said, “Rinpoche has commented that the way the Great Stupa has been built is a good example for other major projects to follow. He described our careful, steady progress as being like an aircraft on a runway which takes quite a while to get to maximum speed before taking off and soaring to great heights. He said, and I agree totally with him, that the biggest danger is to leap into things before you are prepared. These leaps can lead to crashes which can set major projects back for a very long time. Unfortunately, first impressions really do last a very long time.”
Atisha Centre and Thubten Shedrup Ling share the large grounds with the stupa and are integral to the flowering of the vast long-range vision of a Buddhist community, which Ian describes in the interview and can be seen in a three-dimensional model of the master plan for the site, currently with the local Bendigo Council.
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