A stupa is a spiritual Buddhist memorial that is used to renew a spiritual connection to Buddha’s teachings. If I were to ask you where you might see a stupa like the one below, where would you guess?
I bet you would guess one of these places: Tibet, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, or Bhutan.
Not so! We visited this stupa located near Red Feathers Lake, about an hour from Fort Collins, Colorado. We were amazed. The stupa is located in a very remote area, with beautiful mountain views but nothing but a few houses and farms located nearby.
As we drove up to the compound, we were surprised that it was difficult to find a parking spot. There were a lot of people visiting on a Sunday afternoon. Once parked, it is about a mile hike to the stupa. People come to the stupa as a retreat and camp in the many tents inside of the compound.
The hike to the stupa is pretty easy, you simply follow the flags and cross several bridges along the way.
As you make your way to the stupa, you can hear the sound of nearby creeks.
Before long, you arrive at the stupa.
Once inside, you are greeted by a huge Buddha. As you walk clockwise around the room, you can see relics and donations left by other visitors.
Once you’ve visited the stupa, you are invited to watch a 25 minute movie that explains how and why it was built. It was built in honor of Shambhala Mountain Center’s founder, the meditation master, author and artist Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. It honors his contribution in bringing the spiritual teachings of Tibet to the West.
I’ll leave you with our view on our walk back to the car.
Brought to you by Flip Flop Software
Here are a couple of apps you may be interested in:
- Count Us Down – It’s fun to count down the days to big events like vacations, weddings, births, concerts, and sporting events. The really cool thing about the Count Us Down app is that you can share those big events with friends and family and you can count down together.
- aMemoryJog – Organize all of your passwords and other easy-to-forget information with the aMemoryJog app. aMemoryJog works on the web and on your iPhone and seamlessly syncs together.