LATVIAN ENLIGHTENMENT STUPA - PEACE PAGODA

Development of the Latvian Peace Pagoda (Enlightment Stupa) was initiated by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. During the meeting in November 2007 His Holiness  encouraged the erection of Peace Pagoda with the following words: “I wish this building and your work become a necessary condition that will lead all living beings to mental and physical happiness”.

With the blessing of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and under the patronage of His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, the charity "Peace Stupa Foundation" was registered in Latvia.

His Eminence Nubpa Rinpoche gave his blessings and very important advice for the Peace Pagoda (Stupa) construction and also passed a great number of relics to be laid in the Stupa. Lama Yudra Rinpoche is the head of the Stupa construction project. Lama Sonam Dzhorpel Rinpoche, Lama Thrangu Rinpoche and many other Lamas have participated in this project.

The location for the place of the construction (Zemgale, Ozolnieki region, about 40 km from Riga towards Jelgava) and the size of Stupa (18 meters high) have been chosen so that its beneficial effects extend to the neighbouring countries: Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus and Russia. The selection of the land for Stupa construction has been happening in accordance with all the canons of determining the place for the holy object. This place was chosen by our spiritual Teachers out of other 12 proposed places in Latvia.

During the process of determining the central point of the construction auspicious signs have manifested indicating the Place of Power.

Construction of the Stupa  was started in 2007. In winter of the same year Venerable Yudra Rinpoche with the assistance of Lama Sherab carried out the first purification rituals and consecration of the land for construction. Specific recommendations were given by Kyabje Garchen Rinpoche who also kindly provided special ingredients to be laid in the ground before the construction.

Special rituals and interior fittings were carried out by the qualified Lamas from the Himalayas. Only most qualitative and durable materials were used when constructing the Stupa, and all the construction activities were coordinated with our Teachers on a weekly basis.

There are more than 2500 different relics and a large collection of Dharma texts laid in Stupa, all of them have been granted by the Teachers since 1992 .

Consecration and filling of the Guru Rinpoche statue for the dome of Stupa was held in 2011 by Lama Khenpo Thubten Lodru Nyima under instruction of Dza Patrul Rinpoche.

In August 2012 four qualified lamas from Nepal performed special rituals, carried out interior arrangements of the Stupa and fitting of the Sokshin, the ‘Tree of Life’.

In May 2013 Lama-yogini - Ani Dolma, a nun from Tibet, conducted filing with the relics and the rite of the ‘revival’ of the Maitreya statue for the ground floor of Stupa.

Lamas-painters from India and Nepal - Lama Dondup Rinpoche and Lama Kedrub together with Latvian painters skilfully accomplished temple wall paintings, which are traditionally done only in the Himalayas.

The opening of the Latvian Peace Pagoda was held on the 28th of June 2014. Stupa consecration ceremony was performed by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche and His Eminence Nubpa Rinpoche.