Tags : stupas


Leaving behind the transitory world

Benoy K Behl In ancient Buddhist temples, Jaina and Ajivika edifices, the simplest form, the stupa, was placed in the heart of the sacred space. In Hindu temples, it was the linga, or symbol, the mark of the formless eternal (nirguna) that was made in the sanctum sanctorum. These took us closest to the truth […]Read More


Liberation from attachments

Benoy K Behl Stupas are amongst the earliest Indian monuments which survive both of the Buddhist and Jaina traditions. Recent excavations near Nalanda have also unearthed a large stupa made between the 8th and the 10th centuries BCE. In Indic thought, the final truth which is sought is formless, arupa or nirguna. The concept of the stupa (of Buddhist, […]Read More

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