The earliest monument in Buddhism, the stupa originally was a burial mound meant to hold relics of the Buddha. As time went on, the stupa began to symbolized the unwavering concentration of the Buddhaâ€™s mind and his presence in an iconic form. The stupa rests with the four corners of its base oriented in the cardinal directions with a long spire placed in the center jutting towards the heavens. The stability of the structure reminds practitioners of the ideal of concentration and how that particular trait can further oneâ€™s self along the path.
Image credit: Stupa, Tibet; ca.13th century or 14th century; Copper alloy inset with turquoise; Rubin Museum of Art, C2003.21.1, HAR65233
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About the Teacher
â€œEach of us has a genuine capacity for love, forgiveness, wisdom and compassion. Meditation awakens these qualities so that we can discover for ourselves the unique happiness that is our birthright.
â€” Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharonâ€™s latest book is Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace, published by Workman Publishing. She is a weekly columnist for On Being, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program (2010), Love Your Enemies (2013), Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (2002), and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995). For more information please visit: www.SharonSalzberg.com.