At a time when there is so much division, toxicity and intolerance in our world, we could all do a lot worse than just take some time out and reflect on what Bendigo's Great Stupa of Universal Compassion has to offer.
It's been the personal quest for Ian Green for more than two decades to fulfill the dream of establishing the incredibly impressive structure at Myers Flat.
Friday's unveiling of the final piece of the Stupa signals the realisation of that dream.
The opening event included a colourful and spectacular display, steeped in Buddhist tradition.
As chairman of the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Mr Green has never lost sight of what could be achieved on the parcel of land just outside of Bendigo.
His ambitious vision has long been shared with his wife Judy, and countless supporters from across the globe.
Their efforts have raised the overwhelming majority of the Stupa's estimated $20 million construction cost, and have contributed to the creation of a truly remarkable spectacle that towers over its surrounding environs at Myers Flat.
Together, they have helped establish the largest Stupa in the Western world, right here in Bendigo, and achievement both they, and our community should be incredibly proud of.
The dogged persistence and determination of organisers that has been the foundation of this project was perhaps best acknowledged with Mr Green's inclusion in the recent Australia Day honours list, where he was recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to Buddhism and to interfaith relations.
His ongoing work in this role, and as a founding committee member on the Bendigo Interfaith Council, has only assumed more importance as our world evolves and at times unravels.
Supporters of the Grand Stupa of Universal Compassion hope it will long remain a symbol of peace, harmony and inspiration, and one that draws visitors to our region from across Australia and the world, for a very long time.