“Stupas: Meaning and Symbols” by Hanlie and Sunam
A stupa is something mysterious and beautiful.
While the overall shape of the stupa closely resembles the image of a seated Buddha, every part of it – inside and out – is infused with meaning and symbolism. The base of the stupa is fashioned in the form of a many-stepped square throne or plinth, known as a “lion throne.” Above this ascend the stupa’s hemispherical dome; a square reliquary chamber, or harmika; an upper spire composed of up to 13 umbrella wheels, and a crowning finial of a lotus umbrella, crescent moon, sun disc, and dissolving flame or jewel.
If you want to learn more about this fascinating structure join Sunam and Hanlie on their enthusiastic learning journey about the meaning and symbolism of stupas!