Stupa Benalmadena

Buddhas, Butterflies and Donkeys

January 19, 2015

Part 1: The Enlightenment Stupa in Benalmadena

Possibly the most peaceful of all our Marbella Escapes tours, this guided day trip starts us at the Enlightenment Stupa in Benalmádena.

Sacred Buddhist Objects in the Stupa Benalmadena

Gloriously perched on the cliff edge and offering outstanding and panoramic views over the coast, the Stupa makes you stop, relax and breathe even before you enter. The whiteness of the building, the pure geometric shapes symbolising aspects of Buddhism, the Tibetan prayer flags fluttering in the trees, it truly as was intended to be the perfect place to learn, reflect, and meditate. To truly appreciate its beauty and power and absorb its positive influence, walk around the Stupa in a clockwise direction before entering.

Inside you will find numerous sacred objects and the meditation hall walls carefully decorated by Nepalese artists in the traditional style of the Himalayas. What you will not see however is its forever sealed treasure chambers, which contain a myriad of sacred objects, relics and teachings as well as the Tree of Life – a 17 meter long, elaborate tree placed vertically in the center of the Stupa, representing the Buddha’s spine.

Tibetan Exhibition in Stupa Benalmadena

Downstairs the Stupa houses additional space for exhibitions related to Tibetan Buddhism, the Himalayan culture and Stupas around the world. To find out more about the Enlightenment Stupa in Benalmádena visit their site here:

To view the full guided day trip, which also includes entrance to the Butterfly Musuem, located next door to the Stupa as well as a trip to Mijas Pueblo then view our Stupa Benalmadena, Butterfly House and Mijas Pueblo Tour.

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