Friday, June 12, 2009

Trika Zamling Shide Chorten

From the Tibet Heritage Fund comes a photo essay on the construction of this stupa in Qinghai, from beginning to end.

I found the article inspiring for a number of reasons. First, that it was done at all; second, that it was done in the region; third, that it was done without a whole lot of hand-wringing. People weren't anguishing about the engineering, arguing about who does what, or paying themselves salaries to participate (you know... the American way).

This stupa is built of locally available materials -- stone and timber -- and stands over 50 feet high. When you visit the link, you will undoubtedly marvel at the speed with which they hand-laid the stone. This is no marvel; rather, this is experience, application, and devotion.

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