Making the ornamentation
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Art students making the ornamentation on the chorten.
Sculpting in concrete by using a pattern.
Tibetan art students are finishing these stupas with traditional Tibetan Art.The Tibetan word is Chorten, which means "the basis of offering".
The Gyanak Mani Temple is famous in the northern Kham region of Tibet. Many pilgrims can be seen walking the kora around the temple each day. People around the temple sell carved prayer stones. The stones vary in size. Some are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, while others weigh more than 50kg / 110lbs. Each prayer stone is carved with the classic Tibetan mantra "O Ma Ni Pad Me Hum". During Losar (Tibetan New Year) many thousands of pilgrims and worshippers can be seen walking around the temple.
The Gyanak Mani Temple. This temple has the largest collection of hand carved prayer stones anywhere in Tibet. Well over 2 billion of these hand carved stones are stacked in a 1 square kilometer area. The stacked walls of prayer stones are 3m high and every day thousands of pilgrims come to worship at the temple. Pilgrims walk around the site prostrating to the ground every 6 steps. During Losar (Tibetan New Year), tens of thousands of Tibetans walk around this area. The Gyanak Mani Temple is one of the holiest sites in Tibetan Buddhism found on the Tibetan Plateau.
It is a symbol of enlightened mind, (the awakened mind, universal divinity) and the path to its realisation.
If you had to use just two words, the best definition I have seen is "Spiritual Monument"
The stupa represents the Buddha's body, his speech and his mind, but most especially his mind and every part shows the path to Enlightenment
"The visual impact of the stupa on the observer brings a direct experience of inherent wakefulness and dignity. Stupas continue to be built because of their ability to liberate one simply upon seeing their structure" - Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Every stupa contains at the very least a life tree and holy relics:
"When a great teacher passes away, his body is no more, but to indicate that his mind is dwelling forever in an unchanging way in the dharmakaya, one will erect a stupa as a symbol of the mind of the buddhas" - HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche