There is great merit in building a Stupa, and also in seeing or walking around one in meditation. It may not be possible to put into words why this is so, but many people have an intuitive sense of it. When we look at a building or statue that was made in the past, we are inspired and touched by the devotion, energy and dedication that are present, and think of it as a holy place. This inspiration does not last long, unless we ourselves let it redirect our lives and use it to strengthen our practice. In this manner there is a continuous stream of merit, flowing from generation to generation and helping all beings to look up and be reminded that there is something greater than our day-to-day ups and downs.
Sometimes it is good to be practical and sensible, doing things such as upgrading our guest accommodations, and at other times it is good to make a gesture of pure faith and do something that has no immediate measurable value in the eyes of the world. This is why we have built a stupa, and invite everyone to visit the temple and sit in meditation in the Stupa Mandala. To do so will support the practice of Buddhism and increase our own blessings and wisdom.