|Published:||April 02, 2001|
The stupa has had the longest continuous historical evolution of any religious structure in existence. The stupa architecture was evolved in all the nations where Buddhism had spread, although being based on the Indian template. In India and other Asian Buddhist nations, the stupa's structural shape underwent major changes over time. The current study, which highlights significant works discussing stupa architecture, demonstrates how Tibet came to be a treasure trove of Buddhist culture and literature. The eight basic varieties of Tibeto-Buddhist stupas and their primary structural elements are explained, along with a number of ritual events connected with stupa construction.