JANUARY 2018 Lama Ole Nydahl announced the construction of the Copenhagen Victory Stupa.
FEBRUARY 2018 – JUNE 2019 Building process and preparations in all Diamond Way centres in Denmark.
JUNE – JULY 2019 Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche to prepare the stupa for the inauguration.
JULY 20, 2019 The Copenhagen Victory Stupa was inaugurated by Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and Lama Ole Nydahl.
The Copenhagen Victory Stupa manifests Lama Ole and Hannah Nydahl’s tireless work through almost half a century making Tibetan Buddhism and Buddha’s teachings on the nature of mind available for modern people in the West.
The Architect Wojtek Kossowski
The Polish architect, Wojtek Kossowski, now living in Darmstadt in Germany, has designed and built several stupas all over the world. He has founded the “Stupa Academy”, a non-religious, non-commercial organization having as its goal:
- Support of Stupas constructions world wide
- Preservation and restauration of existing ancient and modern stupas
- Creating a platform for exchange of information connected to stupas & modern Architecture. All activities of Stupa Academy are based on the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism and make every effort to follow modern architectonic principles.
Preparing the Garden
In the early summer of 2018 the garden preparations for the stupa began and soil analysis was made to ensure a solid foundation for the stupa.
The garden of the Copenhagen Buddhist Centre is going to accommodate several functionalities. The broad outline for the garden is that the garden surrounding the stupa, no. 56, will be a quiet area for meditation and contemplation, the garden at no. 54 will be an active garden and the garden at no. 52 will be a child-friendly familygarden.
Materials and Filling of the Stupa
It is the vision of Lama Ole Nydahl to build the Copenhagen Victory Stupa from the whitest possible type of granite, and furthermore to use local materials when obtainable. As such, the very beautiful white Tolga granite from Norway has been chosen. It is broken near Stören in Norway and is roughly cut before it is shipped to Denmark to be finalized.
The spine of a Tibetan stupa is the so-called “Tree of Life”. Traditionally a type of wood without poisonous fruits is used.
The Tree of Life for the Copenhagen Victory Stupa is a 111 years old larch tree, cut by Lama Ole Nydahl on the 12th of April 2018 in Lyngby Åmose, North of Copenhagen. This is the place where Lama Ole and Hannah met as children. After the Tree of Life was cut, it was transported to the Copenhagen Buddhist Centre and put into a water basin in order to avoid the tree from drying too fast and thereby develop cracks.
At the bottom of the Tree of Life a double dorje will be carved out. Dorje is the Tibetan word for “diamond” or “thunderbolt”. The dorje is a ritual implement used during certain Buddhist ceremonies and practices. The Copenhagen Victory Stupa will be filled with tsa-tsas, miniature stupas, mantra rolls and precious objects.