Did You Know this Huge Buddhist Temple is in Colorado?
It's no secret that Colorado is full of hidden gems. However, you may not realize that deep in the Colorado wilderness lies a huge Buddhist Temple known as the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya.
The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya in Colorado's Wildnerness
The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya is a huge Buddhist temple located at the Shambhala Mountain Center deep in the wilderness near Red Feather Lakes. In case you're not familiar with the area, this remarkable place is located just northwest of Fort Collins in Northern Colorado:
The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya has quite a history, as do the vast amount of stupas like it across the globe. In case you're wondering, here's a tidbit of information regarding the religious site that can be found on a plaque leading up to the site:
A spiritually empowered monument, a stupa symbolizes our inherently enlightened nature and provides us with a map for realizing it. Shortly before his passing 2,500 years ago, the Buddha instructed his students to cremate his body and place the remains in a stupa. People could then visit this shrine to venerate it, thereby renewing their connection to the Buddha’s teachings. Since that time, thousands of stupas have been built as Buddhism spread around the world. Their veneration is an essential part of life in Bhutan, Tibet, China, Japan, Nepal, Thailand, Sri Lanka and other countries where Buddhism is practiced. These shrines continue to be constructed to express the aspirations for peace, harmony and liberation from suffering that are the essence of the Buddhist tradition. The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya was built in honor of Shambhala Mountain Center’s founder, the meditation master, author and artist Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and his contribution in bringing the spiritual teachings of Tibet to the West.
The path to the Great Stupa takes you first to the Shambhala Mountain Center which is also filled with Buddhist items and buildings, and you'll keep following it until you reach the magnificent building.
In the meantime, take a virtual tour of Colorado's Great Stupa of Dharmakaya: