Stupas

Made from blocks of marble.


In 1986 I built a very large stupa using the brick and mortar method in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  At that time I realized that if stupas could be prefabricated, one could save a huge amount of time and money and achieve a very controlled result.  Later after studying the marble industry from the quarries of Carrara to the workshops of Pietrasanta, I came up with this solution.  I engineered the stupas to be made of nine interlocking pieces.  I can make them in four sizes perfect for an individual or a dharma community.   All eight types are available in this way, and one can assemble them in an afternoon.  Time and resources can be directed into the priceless relics that must go inside.  Furthermore, we have translated the two stainless dharanis, and created the mandalas that must go inside.