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Limited Edition Reproduction of Stupa Artwork by Jack Niland
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Tsa Tsa - Miniature Stupa
Made of plaster just like the ones being put inside of the stupa, along with your aspirations and other precious objects. Considered the most sacred and powerful aspect of a stupa and will be blessed by a Tibetan Lama.
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Featured Aspirations
  • I aspire to work hard & have fun in service to all sentient beings & our planet.

    It's a wonderful life, and there's no greater joy for any of us than using whatever our talents are to alleviate suffering.

    As Ginsberg said, "To ease the pain of living / Everything else, drunken dumbshow."

    Waylon Lewis
    Founder, Elephant Journal
  • I would like to live the rest of my life in such a way that it would enhance the lives of others, all others, other animals, trees, even the planet Earth Herself and in doing so catch the attention of Lord Krishna and be able to get to know Him better.

    Sharon Gannon
    Cofounder Jivamukti Yoga
  • May my actions be grounded in love for myself and all beings, and help cultivate peace.

    Sharon Salzberg
    Teacher, NY Times Best Selling Author & Cofounder of Insight Meditation Society
  • I aspire to remain in service to God, this planet, and each other in the name of peace, freedom, equality and love. I aspire to be fearless, shamelessly outspoken, and stay, every day, every moment, in infinite gratitude for the Mystery, the beauty, the humanity, the fragility, the perfect imperfection, of it all.

    Seane Corn
    Yoga Teacher, Activist and Co-Founder: Off the Mat, Into the World®
  • I aspire to read more poetry, to sing it in my sleep, to share it when I can.

    Gregory Maguire
    Author of many best selling books, such as Wicked and most recently Out of Oz
  • I aspire to take responsibility for the energy I bring to any circumstance and I aspire to always lead with love.

    Jill Bolte Taylor
    Neuroanatomist and author of My Stroke of Insight
  • We aspire to live spontaneously, free of wanting things to be different to how they are.

    Ed and Deb Shapiro
    authors of Be The Change
  • I aspire to live in a world where there are more school gardens than McDonalds franchises, where it's easier to feed our kids fruit than froot loops, and where we experience our profound connection to each other and the land through sharing work and sharing food.

    Josh Viertel
    President, Slow Food USA
  • I aspire to take on everything that this world has to offer and give everything it has yet to see, to work my hardest so that when you find my body at rest without its last breath you can bury me in the earth and let the state of the world be my only epitaph.

    Joshua Onysko
    Founder and CEO, Pangea Organics
  • I aspire to neither lead nor follow, but to simply meet whatever comes to me with firm feet, clear eyes and an open heart.

    Cyndi Lee
    Founder, OM yoga
  • May I and all human beings be liberated from narrow views of self, may we fully open our hearts to each other and to this world, and may we live from our deepest nature as love and wisdom. And may humanity learn to honor and protect this beautiful earth as our home, that life may continue to thrive and evolve on this planet.

    John Welwood
    Psychotherapist, teacher, and writer
  • My aspiration is to create the conditions for world peace in my lifetime, and to do so by creating the conditions for inner peace, inner happiness and compassion worldwide.

    Chade-Meng Tan (陳一鳴)
    Mindfulness Teacher at Google
  • I wish for the abolition of nuclear power and weapons.

    Joanna Macy
    Eco-philosopher
  • My aspiration is a nuclear, drone-free world, that takes care of its denizens and inspires artistic creativity in all directions of space.

    A Stupa wakes the world up to itself. It is an Archive of our psyche, our imagination, an inscription of creativity and humanity. It is a memory bank and also a kind of enlightened "time bomb" that may set off dharma activity in further and future galaxies. Consciousness exists on many levels, and we are reminded of this by an architecture that reflects the wisdom mind. Let's help create a world, a universe, without war and cruelty and torture and greed. Vow to help all sentient beings as well as ourselves. And the non-human ones — all that crawl, breathe and swim. It's a vow to sanity. I hope we can participate in the creation of this next Stupa with expansive poetry and music and scintillating images, a poeisis of our speech, body and mind.

    Anne Waldman
    Co-founder (with Allen Ginsberg) of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa University
    Distinguished Professor of Poetics, NU
    Chancellor, The Academy of American Poets
  • my aspirations.......

    that we may all

    realize the inter-connection of all beings through the greatest love
    in our hearts,
    hold no grudges,
    be open to offering our services to others in need,
    be smiling, willing and grateful
    feel joy in this and every moment
    feel sadness
    find our true humility
    share our happiness
    discover our basic goodness

    KiKi SoSo

    Michael Doucet
    Musician
  • I aspire to help all beings recognize their inherent goodness.

    Susan Piver
    Author, The Wisdom of a Broken Heart
  • Offering this body, this heart, this mind to the ending of suffering,
    may all beings be free from suffering, from want, from greed, from hunger, from hatred and fear;
    may all beings awaken to who they truly are, seeing that we are not separate from any being or thing;
    may we all come home to our true nature, the natural and boundless heart.

    Roshi Joan Halifax
    Founding Abbot, Upaya Zen Center
  • I vow daily to further the cause of peace in the world: to look within and unlock my own obstructions to compassion so that in each encounter, whether it is personal or professional, I can be appropriate and skillfully kind.

    Laura Simms
    Storyteller, Recording Artist, Teacher, Writer and Humanitarian
  • Jim Lord
    Author What Kind of World Do You Want?
  • I aspire to soar higher, inspire, retire and expire.

    David Nichtern
    Musician and Composer

Gathering 100,000 of our best intentions and radiating them to the world.

  • I aspire to believe,and grooming myslf to being able to face any life challenges Yesterday
  • I aspire to dream everyday to live. Yesterday
  • I aspire to be a dick sucker Yesterday
  • I aspire to see the world with out visas and passports- as if I travel in my native place. No checking, No frisking, No customs and No duty to be paid 28 Feb
  • I aspire to be happy and successful in life. 27 Feb
  • I aspire to be happy an not regret anything in my life 26 Feb
  • I aspire to be happy and never to regret anything in life... 25 Feb
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  • I aspire to focus on making myself more of a happier person and succeed in making my dreams a reality. 25 Feb
  • My aspiration 24 Feb
  • I aspire to live my life as a resemblance of god some other may see him though me 23 Feb
  • I aspire to serve others with my strengths and talents as a life coach. 23 Feb
  • I aspire to build a community of "superheros" where everyone will help everyone in need. 22 Feb
  • I aspire to make everyone around me smile 22 Feb
  • I aspire to be happy and a better person 21 Feb
  • I aspire to wake up so that all beings can be free and happy. 19 Feb
  • I aspire make it 19 Feb
  • I aspire for maintenance 19 Feb
  • I aspire to be myself d fulfill Gods purpose in me 18 Feb
  • I aspire to find a drug that can cure Alzheimer's disease 17 Feb
  • I aspire to stay human. To learn, help and share love. 14 Feb
  • I aspire that all children can experience the magic of arts. 13 Feb
  • I aspire to be successful in every thing i do and finish what i start 13 Feb
  • I aspire to make the world a better place 12 Feb
  • I aspire to be a makeup artist:) 12 Feb
  • I aspire to make someone smile every day 12 Feb
  • I aspire to not have hatred towards people who do me bad. 10 Feb
  • I aspire to see kindness in the world. 10 Feb
  • I aspire to let go of unhealthy attachments 8 Feb
  • I aspire to become who I am suppose to become, not the ghost of what others want me to be 8 Feb
  • I aspire to help others in need 7 Feb
  • I aspire to finish what i started 7 Feb
  • I aspire to become financially secure 7 Feb
  • I aspire to earn my first million 7 Feb
  • I aspire to be a better person 5 Feb
  • I aspire to do a different array of things in life. I want to believe in myself that I can grow and do anything I want. 4 Feb
  • I aspire to live my life with my heart wide open 3 Feb
  • I aspire to become a doctor and help people in need 3 Feb
  • I aspire to become a teacher 1 Feb
  • I aspire to have a world of peace and prosper. 1 Feb
  • I aspire learn to be kind and accepting of myself 30 Jan
  • I aspire to be a successful person in life. 30 Jan
  • I aspire to promote better living through technology 29 Jan
  • I aspire to make evryone smile evryday. Because happiness is important to all of us 29 Jan
  • I aspire to love. 27 Jan
  • I aspire to find who I really am. 27 Jan
  • I aspire that all people learn to love themselves. 26 Jan
  • I aspire to find the meaning of life 25 Jan
  • I aspire to get over myself so that I can help others share the love 23 Jan
  • I aspire to 22 Jan
  • I aspire to be somebody not just anybody in the community :) 21 Jan
  • I aspire to get into a college. 20 Jan
  • I aspire to complete what I've started. 20 Jan
  • I aspire to believe in myself 20 Jan
  • I aspire to accomplish my goals by the end of everyday 20 Jan
  • I aspire to travel the world, to help the poor and homeless and to help teenagers prevent and stop bullying 20 Jan
  • I aspire to see the world. 20 Jan
  • I aspire to become someone who everyone looks up to. 18 Jan
  • I aspire to finish what I start. 17 Jan
  • I aspire to be very hardworking but also make the most out of life :) 17 Jan
  • I aspire to be someone in life 16 Jan
  • I aspire to help stop children under 5 dying from malnutrition 16 Jan
  • I aspire to be successful and take care of my parents the same way they took care of me...no doubts, just getting what they need to be happy. 15 Jan
  • I aspire to tell the one I love how I feel 14 Jan
  • I aspire to be the best i can be. 14 Jan
  • I aspire to be a hardworking student and score well during exams 14 Jan
  • I aspire to be a ballet teacher 12 Jan
  • I aspire to grow everyday, and live a happy life with just being me 10 Jan
  • I aspire that, instead of erecting monuments to peace, people actually realize peace. Man continues to erect monuments about peace, create religions around peace, etc. but very few actually live peace! 9 Jan
  • I aspire to always be strong whatever i go through 9 Jan
  • I aspire to laugh daily. 9 Jan
  • I aspire to live 4 Jan
  • I aspire to live a less stressful life 3 Jan
  • I aspire that I can work at Big 4s 3 Jan
  • I aspire to be financial wizard who do wonder in stock market 3 Jan
  • I aspire to be happy... 1 Jan
  • I aspire guide the students for their better future. 1 Jan
  • I aspire to make an impact in any life I come across. 31 Dec 2014
  • I aspire for all people on Earth to realise we are ONE race, the human race. 30 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to help people and animals be joyous! 30 Dec 2014
  • I aspire that the homeless find homes 26 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to make everyone feel great tomorrow :) 26 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to be healthy, happy and make my parents proud. 24 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to be a millionaire 😉 24 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to help those around me and to die knowing that I did everything I wanted to and that I helped someone breathe a little easier. 22 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to be happy 19 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to be a role model towards the young ladies in this world. I want them to see that they should be fearless and shamelessly outspoken! I want them to care for each other and not be afraid to give back to others! 18 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to spread LOVE. 16 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to sex 16 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to be happy 13 Dec 2014
  • I aspire I will be the best Christian example to every one i come in touch with. Merry Chrisrtmas. 11 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to role model living an authentic, meaningful, connected, joyful and abundant life - and to help others find that for themselves, too. So that we may all live in greater physical, emotional and spiritual congruence, for the benefit of each one of us, and of our planet. 11 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to be happy. 10 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to do my utmost to eradicate stress in this world, through innovation, and providing support and guidance - as I believe 'no one is broken' and simply need the tools to help themselves - Gino Norris 8 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to be happy 8 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to be a dance teacher 7 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to become everything I've ever dreamed of being. 5 Dec 2014
  • I aspire find someone who makes me happy. 5 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to help all the homeless people around the world and make a difference to their life . 5 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to stop ebola !!!! 4 Dec 2014
  • I aspire that criminals should not violate the right of someone else living. Introduce the death penalty in the U.K! 3 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to be happy 1 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to help everyone 1 Dec 2014
  • I aspire to be best doctor in the world ! 22 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to be the best doctor ever♡ 22 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to be best engineer in the world 22 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to be the best I can be. 21 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to become a more assertive person. 21 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to make someone smile everyday! 19 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to be myself. It's hard to become the real YOU 'cause interruptions come and go unpredictable. We always want to be someone else. Just stop the habit. 18 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to be a master of many skills 18 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to live to the best of my ability 17 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to be amazeballs 17 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to be a loving person 17 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to be the greatest I can be 17 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to make a change in the world 17 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to succeed in life 17 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to end the killer disease Ebola 15 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to love and to be loved 13 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to follow my dreams. 12 Nov 2014
  • I aspire is to be happy 12 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to look back on my life and have no regrets. 11 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to grow up to be of benefit for all sentient beings. I'm 70 but still working on it. 11 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to be the most happiest being on earth 11 Nov 2014
  • I aspire treat the people in my life with love, kindness, and compassion unconditionally. 10 Nov 2014
  • I aspire be peace <3 10 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to meet 1D 9 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to being a better human being by showing more compassion, by being less critical and by caring for all living creatures in a more empathetic and helpful way. 8 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to give people happiness in life. 8 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to hold the happy moments in every breath I take, learn my life lessons in every tear drop, and travel every step my feet takes me. 7 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to inspire other people to be the best they can be by being the best I can be 7 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to be a nurse and to help people. 6 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to be a model 5 Nov 2014
  • I aspire 4 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to be happy.. With every part of my life 3 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to unapologeticly be myself 2 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to affect someones life in a dramatically positive way and start a chain reaction of saviors 2 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to develop a mind that cherishes others and not myself 1 Nov 2014
  • I aspire to go through life happily. 28 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to convince every human being on planet earth to buy ARTPOP on iTunes 25 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to contribute positively towards health equity 19 Oct 2014
  • I aspire To create Peace in every step ! 19 Oct 2014
  • I aspire Become Mindfull 19 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to be happy. What makes me happy? Family, friends, a joke, cool clean crisp sheets, a fall day, ease and surety. Knowing the world is right and nothing in it can bring me down. Things happen and sometimes you just cannot help it. But if you tend to yourself and don't get drawn into someone else's problems then the outcome can and will be happiness. 19 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to spread the message that your personal story is worth telling! 18 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to impact everyone in my presence. 16 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to be a pilot. 16 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to gather smiles 14 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to content with anything and everything. 13 Oct 2014
  • I aspire fudidsdsjhcsduhcdsuchshcs 12 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to help my family as much as possible, be a better person and don't take each day for granted. Try to live life to the full as best you can. 9 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to be successful in life and to make my parents proud 8 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to leave a footprint in the lives of those who know me that is celebrated when I am no longer here. 8 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to spread the word of Jesus Christ 7 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to live up to my potential. 7 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to make a difference. 7 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to become a successful business executive. 7 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to look forward to every day. 6 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to be at peace with myself 6 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to have an impact on others. 6 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to be a better mom than I was yesterday and an even better mom tomorrow...letting my kids know how much they are loved, how important they are and that they can do ANYTHING they set their mind to and put into action. 6 Oct 2014
  • I aspire that love is ample for all the people in the world, regardless of their status or position in society! 5 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to provide my children with resources to be successful. 3 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to find a cure for Dravet Syndrome! 3 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to see my child enjoy the success he deserves. 3 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to live up to my potential in order to make the world a better place. 3 Oct 2014
  • I aspire that everyone feels their worthiness 2 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to be an international model. 1 Oct 2014
  • I aspire to be a perfect writer ! 26 Sep 2014
  • I aspire to be a good professor 26 Sep 2014
  • I aspire to keep moving 24 Sep 2014
  • I aspire that i should be able to help those who are in need. 24 Sep 2014
  • I aspire to make a positive impact on the world by writing life changing books! 24 Sep 2014
  • I aspire to read more than 100 book in a year 23 Sep 2014
  • I aspire to be loved by the man I love and to live the life I want to have 22 Sep 2014
  • I aspire to make a positive difference in the world; small or big, as long as it's a positive change, I want to make it. 19 Sep 2014
  • I aspire to be someone better as each day goes by. 14 Sep 2014
  • I aspire to spread happiness to the world. 14 Sep 2014
  • I aspire peace, love, and happiness. 13 Sep 2014
  • I aspire Jessica Ennis 10 Sep 2014
  • I aspire to own a blue Dodge Viper with 2 white stripes down the middle 10 Sep 2014
  • I aspire to healing in body mind and spirit, and complete wellbeing. 9 Sep 2014
  • I aspire to be happy in life. 8 Sep 2014
  • I aspire teacher 7 Sep 2014
  • I aspire to learn to learn to be kind to myself 4 Sep 2014
  • I aspire get fit 3 Sep 2014
  • I aspire to sorrowless bliss and complete well-being. 3 Sep 2014
  • I aspire to be rich , travel the world, have a happy family, and help the less fortunate....♥♡ 3 Sep 2014
  • I aspire to be happy 2 Sep 2014
  • I aspire to be #5000 1 Sep 2014
  • I aspire to be positive 30 Aug 2014
  • I aspire to be the youngest female to launch an IPO 28 Aug 2014
  • I aspire that no one must suffer from hunger 27 Aug 2014
  • I aspire change the world in a way that no one ever saw coming 27 Aug 2014
  • I aspire to become a succesful prosecutor in the future 26 Aug 2014
  • I aspire to find God, to trust and know the plans that he has for me. 26 Aug 2014
  • I aspire to become an etrepreneur 25 Aug 2014
  • I aspire to become an entrepreneur 25 Aug 2014
  • I aspire to become a better human being every day. 24 Aug 2014
  • I aspire mdfns 22 Aug 2014
1/31/2012

 

100K thanks to Sharon Gannon, co-founder of Jivamukti yoga who has joined 100,000 aspirations as an inspired supporter!

"I would like to live the rest of my life in such a way that it would enhance the lives of others, all others, other animals, trees, even the planet Earth Herself and in doing so catch the attention of Lord Krishna and be able to get to know Him better."

Keep Aspiring

1/11/2012

100K thanks to Gregory Maguire, author of many best selling books, such as Wicked and most recently Out of Oz, who has joined 100,000 aspirations as an inspired supporter.

"I aspire to read more poetry, to sing it in my sleep, to share it when I can"

 

 

1/6/2012

 

‎"I find that asking myself “What’s not wrong?” has the effect of instantly shifting my mindset, bringing me right back to a positive view, and softening fear…and from there, opening me up to answers we didn’t expect to the problems at hand."

Sally Schneider, creator of ‘the improvised life’

Keep Aspiring!
12/28/2011

Inspired supporter (and friend) Susan Piver on feeling our way to our resolutions/aspirations for the new year...

http://www.susanpiver.com/wordpress/2011/12/20/new-years-resolutions-2/

Keep Aspiring!

12/23/2011

Teacher Chuck Whetsell offers tips on dancing with our aspirations throughout the day.

Keep Aspiring!

12/21/2011

Shambhala Publications joins our community of generous sponsors and is offering a 25% discount to anyone who contributes $25 or more to the 100,000 aspirations project to build a stupa - a monument to peace in Vermont. We'll email the coupon code.

http://www.shambhala.com/

A big thank you to Shambhala Publications and Keep Aspiring!

 

12/16/2011

From a short interview (more to come!) with our inspired supporters, Ed and Deb Shapiro, authors of Be the Change...on the 100,000 Aspirations project:

‎"A message that is so meaningful is needed for this screwed up world. Like ripples in a pond, just put out the ripples, put out the message, wish all beings are happy and free from suffering, and then let it all take it’s own course." 

Keep Aspiring!

12/15/2011

Thanks to a donation from our wonderful media partner elephantjournal.com, 100,000 Aspirations now has a aspiration banner on each Ele page. Thank you!

Keep Aspiring!

12/15/2011

Calling all videos! Top 5 video aspirations with the most Likes by New Years receive Pema Chodron's "True Happiness" audio download from our sponsor Sounds True. See our Video Aspiration Blog for the details.

For hilarious (and helpful) video tips, see Kate Bartolotta's "How to make a video aspiration in 108 easy takes"

Also not to be missed, our media partner Elephant Journal's own Waylon Lewis's video aspiration out-takes.

Keep Aspiring!

12/6/2011

Karmê Chöling - the Shambhala retreat center in Vermont where the stupa, the monument to peace - is being built is in the NYTimes: Solo Retreats for Urban Professionals. Keep Aspiring!

What is a Stupa?

Stupas are sacred monuments to peace, tolerance and compassion that are at the heart of the Buddhist tradition.

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Make the stupa a reality by contributing and choose one of the gifts below in appreciation.

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Limited Edition Reproduction of Stupa Artwork by Jack Niland
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Sounds True audio download of Pema Chödrön's True Happiness
Tsa Tsa - Miniature Stupa
Made of plaster just like the ones being put inside of the stupa, along with your aspirations and other precious objects. Considered the most sacred and powerful aspect of a stupa and will be blessed by a Tibetan Lama.
Tsa Tsa,
Smile at Fear by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche,
and The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya Book

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