Buddhist Stupa – Kadam Chorten

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Buddhist Stupa – Kadam Chorten

The Kadam Style is distinguished by a simple but top with a parasol and thirteen falling discs. A square balcony-like structure with a round -shaped bottom is placed in the center, all of which is above around double foundation.

Kadam are commonly used as reliquaries. Some include only connected , while others contain the ashes of a or other renowned person. They frequently contain numerous kinds of treasure, ranging from amber and coral to money and robe remnants from . Some stupas even include the itself, with passages from and remnants of artwork.

Kadam stupas, like other stupas and images, go through procedures regardless of their content. The stupas are enlivened by the presence of an being during these ceremonies. Kadam stupas are thus thought to embody a , both literally and intellectually, in addition to containing the dharma.

As a result, Kadam stupas can stand in for larger, architectural stupas. Kadam stupas, like all stupas, amplify the of a Buddha, creating a room filled with enlightened energy. During the consecration process, the enlightened presence is invited to remain within the stupa for the benefit of all sentient beings, creating this sanctuary.

The stupa’s shape emphasizes this holiness even further. The design of the Kadam stupa reflects the very heart intellect of an enlightened presence. All Tibetan stupas, in fact, exude this energy.

They are depictions of Mt. Meru, the internal world system of all who seek , and thus enlightenment itself. All stupas, by extension, represent the , the palace at the summit of Mt. Meru where the transcendent Buddhas live. As a result, all stupas, particularly Kadam stupas, invoke the sacred place of enlightenment by their form as well as their consecration.

As a result, each deed performed near a stupa, no matter how small, is considered to be accomplished near a Buddha and is multiplied tenfold. Kadam stupas, like colossal stupas, are objects of ceremonial devotion.

Because most Kadam stupas are portable, they are frequently revered when traveling, such as en route to pilgrimage places, when gigantic stupas are not available.

Kadam stupas, on the other hand, are distinguishable from other stupas not by their size or portability, but by their shape. Although Kadam stupas share the same fundamental parts as stupas in general, these pieces are arranged differently. The overall bell-like shape of this stupa style is perhaps the most clearly known aspect.

-form top piece, the pancaratha-form or stepped harmika, the conical arrangement of thirteen bhumis surrounding a central axis, and the row of doubled at the base are other key aspects.

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Origin of Kadam Stupas

This style originated in . It is based on a stupa brought to by Atisa, the renowned teacher of doctrine’s second promulgation. The stupa is, in fact, one of his characteristics.

As the name “Kadam” indicates, these stupas are still most strongly associated with this sect. At the Netong Drolma Lhakhuang , where Atisa died in 1054, relics of both Atisa and Dromdon are placed within huge Kadam stupas.

Representation of Kadam Stupas

Kadam stupas have had the same sacred form from at least the period of Atisa. Enlightenment is reaffirmed in this form through several layers of significance.

Kadam stupas are thus more than just reliquaries. As reliquaries, they only serve to honor great people. Stupas, on the other hand, invoke the Buddha’s heart .

The concept that all sentient beings are potential Buddhas and hold the seed of enlightenment is reinforced by this dual mission. Kadam stupas, like in general, function as into the heart and mind.

Stupa (Buddhist Reliquary) – Metal

This stupa is from a private collection. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is metal. This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Metal
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Private

Stupa (Buddhist Reliquary)

This stupa is from a private collection. The material used to make this stupa is metal. This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Material Metal
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Private

Buddhist Stupa from Tibet

This stupa is from a private collection. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Bronze. This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Bronze
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Private

Stupa (Buddhist Reliquary) – Bronze

This stupa is from a private collection. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Bronze. This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Bronze
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Private

Buddhist Stupa from Private collection

This stupa is from a private collection. The material used to make this stupa is Metal. This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Material Metal
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Private

Stupa from Tibet

This stupa is from a private collection. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Metal. This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Metal
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Private

Stupa from Private Collection

This stupa is from a private collection. This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Private

Stupa (Buddhist Reliquary) from Tibet

This stupa is from a collection of The Ashmolean of and Archaeology. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Buddhist Stupa from The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

This stupa is from a collection of The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Bronze. This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Bronze
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

18th Century Buddhist Stupa

This stupa is from a collection of the Museum of Fine Arts. The origin of this stupa is between 1800-1899 in Mongolia. The material used to make this stupa is Metal.

This stupa is from a lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Mongolia
Date Range 1800-1899
Material Metal
Lineage Gelug
classification Object/Concept
Collection Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts

Stupa (Buddhist Reliquary) from Mongolia

This stupa is from a collection of the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts. The origin of this stupa is between 1800-1899 in Mongolia. The material used to make this stupa is Metal.

This stupa is from a Gelug lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Mongolia
Date Range 1800-1899
Material Metal
Lineage Gelug
classification Object/Concept
Collection Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts

Buddhist Stupa from Margot and Tom Pritzker Collection

This stupa is from a collection of Margot and Tom Pritzker. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Metal. This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Metal
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Margot and Tom Pritzker

Stupa (Buddhist Reliquary) from Private Collection

This stupa is from a private collection. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Private

Buddhist Stupa from Dallas Museum of Art

This stupa is from a collection of the Dallas Museum of Art. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Metal. This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Metal
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Dallas Museum of Art

16th Century Buddhist Stupa

This stupa is from a collection of the . The origin of this stupa is between 1600-1699 in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Metal.

This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Date Range 1600-1699
Material Metal
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Rubin Museum of Art

Buddhist Stupa from Rubin Museum of Art

This stupa is from a collection of Rubin Museum of Art. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Metal.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Metal
classification Object/Concept
Collection Rubin Museum of Art

Statue of Buddhist Stupa

This stupa is from a private collection. This stupa is from a Kadam and Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Lineage Kadam and Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Private

Buddhist Stupa

This stupa is from a private collection.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
classification Object/Concept
Collection Private

Buddhist Stupa from Tibet House Museum, New Delhi

This stupa is from a collection of Museum, New Delhi. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Bronze.

This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Bronze
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Tibet House Museum, New Delhi

Buddhist Stupa – Bronze

This stupa is from a collection of Tibet House Museum, New Delhi. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Bronze.

This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Bronze
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Tibet House Museum, New Delhi

Buddhist Stupa Statue

This stupa is from a collection of Tibet House Museum, New Delhi. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Bronze.

This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Bronze
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Tibet House Museum, New Delhi

Buddhist Stupa Statue from Tibetan House Museum, New Delhi

This stupa is from a collection of Tibet House Museum, New Delhi. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Bronze.

This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Bronze
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Tibet House Museum, New Delhi

Buddhist Stupa Statue from Private Collection

This stupa is from a Private collection. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Bronze.

This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Bronze
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Private

Stupa (Buddhist Reliquary) – Crystal

This stupa is from a collection of Bachmann and Eckenstein. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is stone.

This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Stone
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Bachmann and Eckenstein

Stupa (Buddhist Reliquary) from Bachmann and Eckenstein Collection

This stupa is from a collection of Bachmann and Eckenstein. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Bronze.

This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Bronze
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Bachmann and Eckenstein

Buddhist Stupa from Bachmann and Eckenstein

This stupa is from a collection of Bachmann and Eckenstein. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Bronze.

This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Bronze
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Bachmann and Eckenstein

11th Century Buddhist Stupa

This stupa is from a collection of The . The origin of this stupa is between 1100-1199 in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Bronze.

This stupa is from a Kadam and Buddhist lineage. The size of this stupa is 24cm (9.45in) high.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Date Range 1100-1199
Material Bronze
size 24cm (9.45in) high
Lineage Kadam and Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

Buddhist Stupa from Newark Museum

This stupa is from a collection of the Newark Museum. The origin of this stupa is between 1600-1699 in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Metal.

This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Date Range 1600-1699
Material Metal
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Newark Museum

Stupa (Buddhist Reliquary) from Newark Museum

This stupa is from a collection of the Newark Museum. The origin of this stupa is between 1600-1699 in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Metal.

This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Date Range 1600-1699
Material Metal
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Newark Museum

Buddhist Stupa from Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art Collection

This stupa is from a collection of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Metal.

This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Metal
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art

Stupa (Buddhist Reliquary) from Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art

This stupa is from a collection of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Metal.

This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Metal
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art

Stupa Statue from Private Collection

This stupa is from a Private collection. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet.

This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Private

Buddhist Reliquary from Private Collection

This stupa is from a Private collection. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Metal.

This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Material Metal
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Private

Buddhist Reliquary – Metal

This stupa is from a Private collection. The origin of this stupa is in Tibet.

This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Private

17th Century Buddhist Stupa

his stupa is from a collection of the Rubin Museum of Art. The origin of this stupa is between 1700-1799 in Tibet. The material used to make this stupa is Metal.

This stupa is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Stupa
Tibetan Name མཆོད་རྟེན།
Chinese Name 佛塔
Origin Tibet
Date Range 1700-1799
Material Metal
Lineage Buddhist
classification Object/Concept
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
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