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Arising historically from the chaitya (funerary mounds) of early Buddhism and symbolically from the tope (ushnisha), bundle of hair, on the crown of the Buddha's head, the stupa is viewed as a physical representation of the unseen enlightened mind of a Buddha. Later the stupa became a symbol incorporating both the blueprint for the path to enlightenment and enlightenment itself (see an example).

Sanskrit: Chaitya Tibetan: Chorten

Topics, Medium:
- Painting
- Metal
- Crystal
- Stone
- Others....

Topics, Subjects:
- Chariot Ritual (Nepal)
- Eight Great Stupas
- Kadampa Style
- Others....

Architecture:
- Stupa: Architecture
- Densatil Tashi Gomang Stupas
- Gyantse Kumbum Stupa
- Jonang Kumbum Stupa
- Stupas in Amdo (Rob Linrothe)
- Baudhanath (Nepal)
- Swayambhunath (Nepal)
- Aniko Stupa (Beijing, China)
- Bodhgaya Stupa (Beijing, China)
- Behai (Beijing, China)
- Wutaishan (China)
- Others...

Jeff Watt 8-2005

Resources:
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