A stupa is one of the most recognisable Buddhist architectural structures. It symbolises Buddhist activity and according to tradition it is said to create peace and harmony and bring great blessing to its surroundings as well to those who encounter it.
In January 2018, Lama Ole Nydahl announced the construction of the Copenhagen Victory Stupa. “May the Victory Stupa of Copenhagen, the place which H.H. Rangjung Rigpe Dorje blessed to be the spiritual mother of all later sites in the West, be a constant inspiration to the whole world.”
Lama Ole has requested Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche, a highly respected Karma Kagyu lama, to direct the comprehensive construction of the stupa. The Polish architect, Wojtek Kossowski has made the drawings for the Copenhagen Victory Stupa. He is experienced in building stupas in Europe as well as elsewhere in the world, including the Enligthenment Stupa in Benalmadena in Spain.
Copenhagen Victory Stupa was inaugurated by Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and Lama Ole Nydahl on the 20th of July, 2019.
The inauguration of the Copenhagen Victory Stupa is a celebration of the historical moment in 1972, when Hannah and Ole Nydahl first brought the timeless transmission of the Buddhist Karma Kagyu lineage from H.H. the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje to Denmark and then during the next forty-seven years spread it to the West.
“Stupas are known in all Buddhist cultures in different ways. Their goal is to show us our nature and manifest the transformation of all ordinary disturbing feelings in a pure form. In a form that will inspire us and make us more able to be useful to others and to ourselves.” – Lama Ole Nydahl