The Size of the Stupa. (Research Note)
Kolver, Bernhard, Contributions to Nepalese Studies
At present, I offer a translation of a short account of a Buddhist caitya. It consists of just one page, and is interesting because in apportions the various parts of the stupa to various forms, of existence. The drawing itself is remarkable in that it owes much to Hindu doctrine. The umbrellas plus their finial belong to Buddhism (in spite of their odd name Brahmabhaga). Then, there is a second layer, called the World of Gods. The cupola with its six layers is assigned to the World of men (narabhaga), while the socle is the World of the Deceased (pretabhaga) --which are the forms of existence a Newar Buddhist will recognize.
The sequence, as it stands, is unexpected. Neither, as Edgerton's dictionary informs us, does brahmabhaga occur among the regular epithets of the Buddha. No doubt, this is one of the regular Brahmanical expressions of Buddhist doctrine, such as are so often found among Newar Buddhists.
lhasta kalasakrti kothu kut 13 anamtha kut 9 anamtha kut 10 anamtha kut 9 anamtha kut 9 anamtha kut 10 anamtha kut 5 kim (to be read from bottom to top) anamtha kut 3 la anamtha kut 3 ga galataki namtha 2 cakatsina 7 cudamani ku 1 lahamkampa 11
cakatsina: for a `normal' cakatsim. …