The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion situated near Bendigo, Victoria will be the same size and design as The Great Stupa of Gyantse in Tibet. Currently rising 25 meters above Bendigo’s distinctive bushland, The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion has grown well past its halfway point. While a further 20 meters will be added to complete the exterior there is already a lot to see at this amazing project which is about to become the largest Buddhist Stupa in the Western world.
The Great Stupa is home to many holy objects. Foremost amongst these is the magnificent Jade Buddha for Universal Peace which is the largest Buddha carved from gem quality jade in the world.
The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace toured the world for 9 years and over 10 million people have seen it. The Jade Buddha has now come to its final home inside The Great Stupa.
Tours are run daily where you can explore the Visitor Centre, watch an introductory DVD, wander the Peace Park and see beautiful relics and artworks inside The Great Stupa. Learn about Buddhism, Asian culture and art. Treat yourself with an artisan gift from the shop or have a barista-style coffee and a bite to eat at StupaView Café. It’s a pet friendly site as long as your furry friend is kept on a leash.
Please allow 1.5 hours for your tour.
Large groups are welcome, for groups of 10 people or more please call ahead and book.
Do some mindfulness meditation or go on an exclusive tour to level 5 of The Great Stupa. Each weekday there is a different activity, check out more info on their website, here
Tuesday 12:30pm to 1pm – Meet the Builder
Wednesday 11:30am to 12pm – Discovering Jade
Thursday 10:30am to 12pm – Healing Body and Mind
Friday 2pm to 2:30pm – Ascend The Great Stupa
The Great Stupa also run three major annual events: Lunar New Year in February, ILLUMIN8 in May and Vegecareian Festival in October.
Phone: (03) 5446 7568