Title: PSYCHO-COSMIC SYMBOLISM OF THE BUDDHIST STUPA
Description: Lama Anagarika Govinda spent many years living and traveling in India and Tibet. He has published numerous works detailing a rich understanding of Buddhist teachings and their application in personal experience. Among them are Way of the White Clouds and Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism.
Much of Lama Govinda'S knowledge about the Stupa comes from his personal pilgrimages to various stupas in Tibet, Nepal, India, and Ceylon. His discussions of the relationship of the Stupa to the chakras, or centers of psychic force, and to the traditional Buddhist stages of meditation are particularly significant in understanding our own development of consciousness.
Throughout the cultures of the Orient, the Buddhist Stupa has been perhaps the most pervasive and symbolic form of architecture. From earliest times, stupas have been symbols of illumination as well as memorials intended to inspire later generations to follow the path to Enlightenment. More than a repository for the relics of revered persons, the Stupa is a universal symbol that embodies all knowledge in a single architectural structure. The Stupa transcends concepts to reveal the harmony and perfection of the natural laws of the universe. It offers a key to awakening higher awareness.
This book contains 12 small essays on Stupas and features many high quality line drawings explaining the different sections and aspects of a stupa.
Author: Lama Anagarika Govinda
Introduction: Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Publisher: Dharma Publishing
Edition Print: 1976