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Peace Pagoda - Vienna, Austria
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BakaGaijin
N 48° 11.472 E 016° 27.295
33U E 608127 N 5338575
Quick Description: The bell-shaped Peace Pagoda in 2nd district of Vienna is a monument rather than a temple and contains an almost 3m/10ft high seated statue of Buddha under a dome decorated with a band of ornaments and reliefs.
Location: Wien, Austria
Date Posted: 11/15/2009 11:06:15 AM
Waymark Code: WM7NW0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 36

Long Description:

The "Peace Pagoda" was erected nearby the Lindmayer's restaurant by the proprietor's daughter, who is Buddhist. In 1982 two monks of the Michidatsu Fujii Order visited her; members of their order had already erected some 70 peace pagodas in Japan, Sri Lanka, India and the U.S. during their pilgrimage for world peace. Elisabeth Lindmayer had the first peace pagoda in Europe erected on the banks of the Danube in 1983.

A stupa is the concrete expression of eternal Dharma. The intriguing procedure of cosmic manifestation and his reabsorption through mystic knowledge into supreme reality is symbolized in a stupa. Therefore, the shape of each part of a stupa is symbolic. The square base symbolizes the rigid ritualism and fundamental virtues.

On this square base is rested a circular dome symbolic of freedom from earthly bones. Circular rings on the top are called the wheels, each one signifying the mystical power.

The topmost focal point in a dimensionless form indicates the way of Nirvana heavenwards. The entire structural philosophy of the stupa is sanctified by inserting Dhatu (Relics of Buddha) in it.

The purpose behind the establishment of these Shani Stupas (Peace Pagodas) is to disseminate love and peace in mankind, a mission which Emperor Asoka had undertaken more then two thousand years ago by building stupas and erecting pillars and engraving thereupon the message of love and peaceful co-existence.

From the invitation to the 26th Anniversary of the Peace Pagoda, June 28th, 2009

Open to visitors?: Yes

Photography Permitted Inside?: Yes

Statue of the Buddha present?: Yes

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