"Fifteen-years ago we had on Tibetan in Connecticut, now we have 100 in Old Saybrook," said Brown.
Jampa Tsondue was one of the first to move to Old Saybrook 15-years ago. He painted the snow lions decorating the stupa. He and his wife often come to the monument and recite their mantras. Until now, they would have had to travel to Middletown or Boston to find a Buddhist center.
"Anything like this close to your town is very good," said Jampa. "I like the idea very much because it brings the Tibetan community closer together."
As the Tibetan community grows in Old Saybrook, the stupa helps to educate people about the Buddhist religion. In the center of the stupa, a life tree has been placed. The life tree is a cedar pole taken from a nearby land with prayers written on it in silver and gold ink.
"It's the energizing force for the stupa but it's completely hidden inside," explained Brown.
And since peace is a big part of Buddhism, a gun, knife and spear point are buried underneath the stupa.