from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Buddhist arch., one of a class of dome-like edifices erected in honor of some event, or as a monument to mark a sacred spot.
  • noun Same as stupe.
  • noun In botany, tufted or matted filamentous matter like tow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A mound or monument commemorative of Buddha.
  • noun (Med.) See 1st stupe.

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  • noun a dome-shaped shrine erected by Buddhists


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  • Located next to the Stupa are a meditation centre and a monastery.

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  • The earliest representations of Buddha were mounds erected on the relics of Buddha, also known as "Stupa".

  • We decided to join them and ended up down by the river where thousands of people were taking boats over to a mud bank in the middle of the Mekong (as it's half empty before the monsoon comes) to watch the building of the 'Stupa'. Recent Updates

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  • Christopher Wise Spires atop That Chomsi Stupa After a swim (and a nap), I hopped on the bicycle again, making my way down the road closest to the Mekong and opted for a cold Lao Beer (try it over ice as the locals do) and an appetizer of grilled, sweet Lao sausage.

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  • Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters A monk walked past on the roof of a monastery during sunset at Swoyambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu Friday.

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  • Later, you'll visit the Jiva spa or the Sarnath Stupa (the site of Buddha's first teachings), take a carriage ride, or return to town to shop for brocade or visit the evening aarti (prayer ceremony).

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  • Great Stupa chief executive Ian Green said the temple would be 50m high, 50m in diameter and have 50 shrine rooms.

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  • The seven-storey Stupa will be the largest Buddhist monument in the Western world when it is finished in 2010.

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