His Holiness Dalai Lama
His Holiness visited The Great Stupa in 2007. His Holiness has said “This stupa will be very significant for Buddhist Spirituality and Tibetan culture. Support for such noble work is a good method to create virtuous karma.”
Lama Thubten Yeshe
In August 1981 Lama Yeshe, the founder of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, came to Bendigo and selected the site for The Great Stupa. He said: “This will be the place for a BIG stupa with a BIG gompa (temple) inside.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Rinpoche has said:
“Just by holy objects such as the Great Stupa existing in the world it makes it so unbelievably easy for us sentient beings, whether we are in this world or will be born in this world or are from other universes, to purify the obstacles for happiness, peace and realisations on the path, and also to achieve liberation and enlightenment…So now you can see the importance of this Great Stupa…how (it will) illuminate the world and bring inconceivable peace and happiness, and by building this holy object it prevents the destruction that is happening so much in the world, including war.”
H.E. Kyabje Choden Rinpoche
“Keeping a relic the size of a grain of sand, creates immeasurable merit – but you maintain a great collection of relics, therefore your merit is inconceivable.
Making a statue the size of a toothpick, creates immeasurable merit – but you have large statues, therefore your merit is inconceivable.
Building a stupa the size of a thumb-nail, creates immeasurable merit – but you are building a Great Stupa, therefore your merit is inconceivable.
I cannot even begin to calculate your merit. I rejoice again and again in your merit and activities, and was very pleased to visit the Exhibition Center and the Great Stupa today.
In the future it will bring incredible benefit to all sentient beings. Again I rejoice.”
His Holiness Sakya Trizin
“I am so happy to visit this important stupa.”
“It is wonderful to hear about this project which is so important for the well-being of our planet.”
Khensur Lobsang Thubten Rinpoche
The site for the stupa was consecrated by Venerable Khensur Rinpoche, his attendant and Thubten Donyo in November 1994.