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The Late H.E. Chogye Trichen Rinpoche Noble Aspirations

H.E. Chogye Trichen is best remembered for installing an extremely beautiful image of Maitreya Buddha (about 10 metres) in Jamchen Lhakang Monastery, Kathmandu. According to Rinpoche, "The entire living beings of the present world have not been fortunate enough to meet the Lord Shakyamuni Buddha directly and Maitreya Buddha is the Buddha of the future. Therefore, I founded the statue of Maitreya Buddha for others to make an auspicious connection with Him and therefore be fortunate enough to meet Him when He appears in this world."  
"Cakranath Vajradhara His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche's generation of inconceivable holy aspiration gave birth to the Monlam of Sakya Tradition. It is aimed at the temporary and permanent happiness and benefits of all sentient beings. It was first held in Lumbini, in 1993, the birth place of Buddha Shakyamuni, the fourth emancipator, along with the unflinching support of  H.E. Venerable Dharthang Tulku Rinpoche, illuminator of the Nyingmapa tradition. Though His Eminence's kindness in not reimbursable... " His Holiness Sakya Trizin's message at the 16th Monlam, Nov 2008.

A Huge Memorial Stupa of H.E. Chogye Trichen Rinpoche

Jamchen Lhakang has acquired about 2 acres land near late H.E. Chogye Trichen Rinpoche's retreat house in Narayanthan, Kathmandu. This is where a Huge Memorial Stupa (105 feet tall with a 54 feet diameter dome) and Retreat Centre are being planned.
The Stupa will be constructed in according to procedure described in the Sutra text. The main body ("vase") of the Stupa will contain Holy Relics and Tsatsas of His Eminence and thousands of holy texts and statues. On the ground floor of the Stupa, is a hall where to enshrine images of Buddhas, Dharma Protectors and other deities.

What are the benefits of building a Stupa?
The following ten benefits of a Stupa were explained by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche in Chenrezig Institute, Australia, in September 1994.

"The Stupa represents Buddha's holy mind, Dharmakaya, and each part of the Stupa shows the path to Enlightenment. Building a Stupa is a very powerful way to purify negative karma and obscurations, and to accumulate extensive merit. In this way you can have realizations of the path to Enlightenment and be able to do perfect work to liberate suffering beings, who equal the sky, leading them to the peerless happiness of Enlightenment, which is the ultimate goal of our life.

1. If you make 1,000 Stupas, you will become a great 'Wheel-turning Holder of the Wisdom Teachings' (Mahayana Secret Mantra) and have clairvoyance knowing all the Buddhadharma.
2. After death, without being born in the lower realms, you will be born as a King.
3. You will become like a sun, rising in the world, with perfect senses and a beautiful body.
4. You will be able to remember past lives and see future lives.
5. You will be able to extensively listen to the Dharma without forgetfulness.
6. The "Stainless Beam" sutra states - 'All negative karma and obscurations, including the five uninterrupted negative karmas, are purified even by dreaming of a Stupa, seeing a Stupa hearing the sound of the bell of a Stupa and even for birds and flies etc, by being touched by the shadow of a Stupa.
7. The sentient beings will always be protected by the Buddhas, who always pay attention to guiding them to achieve complete pure Enlightenment. They abide in the irreversible stage.
8. It is explained by Shakyamuni Buddha in the Sutras, that it is extremely powerful to build a Stupa for those who have passed away, as it immediately changes a suffering rebirth into a fortunate rebirth with the opportunity to meet the Dharma.
9. It can also heal those with serious diseases.
10. There is no question that it accumulates extensive merit and brings success and happiness. Therefore, dedicate for your ancestors, family members and friends who have passed away or who are sick, and for the happiness of yourself and your family in this and future lives. "