Taught as the physical representations of the Buddha's body, speech, and mind, statues, thangkas, texts, and stupas are the basic elements recommended to gather the beneficial conditions needed to enhance the stability and insight of one's meditation practice.
Kunkhyen Tenpe Nyima states in his instructions on meditation practice:
Start out by placing a painting or statue before you, using one made by a skilled artisan and with all the appropriate characteristics. Next, arrange offerings before it and begin with the preliminaries.
The Shakya family, one of the great artisan lineages of Kathmandu Valley, have expertly crafts our statues and stupas. Under the direct guidance of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, the Shakyas shaped several molds in accordance with the Chokling Tersar tradition. These same molds are still used to this day, ensuring that every detail of our statues are in accordance with tradition. Our statues and stupas are filled with the necessary mantras and substances.
This 4.5 inch stupa is made to the exact specifications of the old Kadampa tradition.
This particular style of stupa is believe to have been introduced to Tibet by the Kadampa teacher, Atisa, who carried with him a wooden stupa of this kind wherever he traveled. Representing the guru's mind and often associated with the mandala offering, this stupa is steeped in a rich tradition of devotion and dedicated practice.