The holy dharma protectors publicly made their presence known at the Xuanfa Institute after plans were announced to build a stupa to commemorate the coming to this world of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. The stupa will be known as the Stupa of Vajra Manifestations and will include relics or sharira of the Buddha and other holy objects and images of American Bodhisattvas.

Find more information on the origin, function, and types of stupas in the world today on the website of the Xuanfa Institute. The Bodnath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal and the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Burma shown above are two of the most famous stupas existing in the world today. The slideshow also includes examples of other types of stupas from various countries including the United States.