世界和平吉祥宝塔SHANTI STUPA IN SINGAPORE
In the Karmavibhanga Sutra it is said:
The Buddha spoke to the young Brahmin Shuka: There are eighteen benefits of building a Tathagata Stupa. What are these eighteen?
1. One will be born as the child of a great king
2. One will have a noble body
3. One will become beautiful and very attractive
4. One will have sharp sense faculties
5. One will be powerful and famous
6. One will have a great entourage of servants
7. One will become a leader of men
8. One will be a support to all
9. One will be renowned in the ten directions
10. One will be able to express oneself in words and verses extensively
11. One will receive offerings from men and gods
12. One will possess many riches
13. One will obtain the kingdom of a universal monarch
14. One will have long life
15. One's body will be like a collection of vajras
16. One's body will be endowed with the major marks and the minor signs (of a Buddha)
17. One will take rebirth in the three higher realms
18. One will swiftly attain complete nirvana
These eighteen points are the benefits of building a Tathagata Stupa
In the Manjushri Mula Tantra it is said:
If one builds a Stupa with one's own hands in order purify one's body, one will be able to do so even if one has committed the five heinous crimes. If one builds one hundred thousand Stupas one will become the universal ruler of all knowledge-holders, completely understand all scriptures and be endowed with skills and wisdom. During an Abiding Aeon, after death, one will always be born as a king and never go to the three lower realms. Like the sun rising in a central country, one will be endowed with all sense faculties, retain what one has learned and remember one's former lives.
In the Saddharma Pundarika Sutra it is said:
Walls are built from mud and bricks.
And a Stupa of the Jina is made likewise.
Therefore, even if it is built from heaps of dust,
Whoever builds a Stupa for the sake of the Jina,
In remote places of suffering;
Even if it is made of a heap of sand
By children playing games,
(The builder) will reach enlightenment.
The benefit of presenting offerings to a Stupa are stated in the Sutra requested by Prasenajid:
If one washes white a Buddha Stupa : One will have a long life in the worlds of gods and men.
One's body and mind will be free from sickness. One will overcome all suffering, One will attain permanent happiness and will be wealthy.
If one rings a bell in front of a Buddha Stupa : One will have charismatic speech and great fame. One will gain the pleasant voice of Brahma and remember one's previous lives.
Whoever among the scholars turns his mala with a devoted mind in front of a Sugata Stupa,
will be well presented with many precious golden malas, will attain various ornaments And will become the foremost among the meritorious and fortunate ones.
Whoever offers to a Stupa of the Jina the sound of music, will gain perfect confidence in profundity and knowledge. One will have a perfect physical form and a pure mind and speech. One's speech will fill the world.
If people fix various beautiful banners at an essential reliquary (Stupa), which is the source of immaculate merit,
They themselves will receive offerings as they are now an offering field for the three worlds.
If one fixes streamers at a Sugata Stupa, one will become a glorious ruler of men, a powerful ruler of gods
and will experience great bliss. One will attain the special streamer of complete liberation.
If one cleans a Buddha Stupa,one will become beautiful and attractive.
One will have a noble face and the complexion of a lotus. One will be completely free from the defects of samsara.
Whoever cleans the dust around a Stupa In the spring time with clean water, will be pleasantly fanned by ladies
holding golden handled fans.
In the Saddharma Pundarika Sutra it is said:
Whoever joins their palms before a Stupa,
Whether with two hands or just one;
Whoever just one time bows their body,
Or even briefly bends their head;
Whoever prostrates or merely says "Buddha" with a distracted mind
Whether once or several times
Before places where relics are kept,
That one will attain supreme enlightenment.
In the Caitya Pradakshina Ghata it is said:
The qualities of circumambulating a
Stupa of the Protector of the World,
Cannot be described properly
With mere words.
Concerning the benefits of prostrating and circumambulating
a Stupa, it is said in the Avalokiteshvara Sutra:
If one pays respect kneeling before a Buddha Stupa,
One will become a heroic and powerful world monarch.
One will have an armor with golden emblems.
One will become a powerful teacher and take delight in the Buddhas.