How to Use a Stupa

By prostrating before a stupa, we turn our face away from our egos and toward our enlightened nature. By circumambulating—walking around the stupa in a clockwise fashion and reciting prayers—we keep the image of enlightenment at the center of our […]

Poolesville Maryland Stupas

The Enlightenment Stupa This was the first stupa built at KPC Maryland.  It stands 36 feet tall, gleaming white against the backdrop of the lush Maryland forest.  Built in 1987 at the request of Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo and consecrated (empowered) […]

Sedona Arizona Stupas

Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park The Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park in the stunning red rock country of Sedona, Arizona, is a place for meditation and spiritual renewal.  Situated on 14 pristine acres at the base of imposing Thunder Mountain, the […]

Maryland Stupas

Maryland Stupas Members of KPC have constructed 25 Stupas of varying sizes in and around the Temple grounds and in the Peace Park in rural Maryland near the nation’s capital. The Enlightenment Stupa This was the first stupa built at […]


Symbols of Enlightenment Stupas are sacred monuments that embody the enlightened mind.  The word “Stupa” is a Sanskrit word that literally means “to heap” or “to pile up.”  The Monnier Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary says the stupa is “…a Buddhist monument, […]