According to the Zi Ji, there are one hundred and twenty different kinds of physically manifested chorten (Sanskrit: stupa) within the Yungdrung Bön tradition. The ritual preparation, dimensions, materials, and ornamentation are all defined in great detail. Each of these aspects has multiple meanings. The chorten physically represents the path to enlightenment from the base to the flame of wisdom of absolute reality at the very top.
The Enlightened Teacher and founder of the Yungdrung Bön tradition, Tönpa Shenrap Miwoche, gave detailed instructions for the very first Elegant Chorten of the Yungdrung Bön to be built during the course of teaching the Fifth Way of Yungdrung Bön, The Way of the Virtuous Lay Practitioner.