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 land is deemed holy by native peoples. According to Lillian Too, world-renowned Feng Shui master, the land is perfect for its intended purpose—spiritual transformation and healing through the extraordinary sacred architecture and geometry of the stupa.
Kunzang Palyul Choling (KPC), under the direction of its spiritual director Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, has built two stupas here —The Amitabha Stupa and the Tara Stupa. The fully empowered and consecrated stupas sit majestically among the pinion and juniper pines, surrounded by a garland of crimson pinnacles of Sedona Red Rock.
This striking 36-foot enlightenment stupa gets its name from Buddha Amitabha, the Buddha of Limitless Light, whose bronze image is nestled in the faceplate of the stupa. Filled with hundreds of millions of prayers for peace, sacred relics and ritual offerings, the Amitabha Stupa is a vortex of enlightened presence and a beacon of blessings for all beings.
White Tara Stupa
A relief of White Tara, the female Buddha, who is the very embodiment of long life and compassion, graces this six-foot White Tara stupa. The stupa is dedicated to the long life of Venerable Gyaltrul Rinpoche.
*An emanation is considered to be a physical being who has come to earth to benefit beings exhibiting the qualities of that particular god or goddess.”
Jetsunma’s Vision of Peace
Every stupa begins with the vision and inspiration of an authentic spiritual master. In the case of the Amitabha Stupa that vision came from Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo who was recognized by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche as a reincarnate bodhisattva (tulku) and Palyul lineage holder in the Nyingma tradition of Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism.
She saw that the Amitabha Stupa, built in Sedona during these troubled and turbulent times, would ease the suffering of the world and bring tremendous blessing to those who visit and live in the region.
Jetsunma is the founder and spiritual director of Kunzang Palyul Chöling (KPC), and its worldwide centers for compassionate practice, activity and outreach. Jetsunma has built nearly three dozen stupas, bringing together the talents, resources, generosity and energy of hundreds of volunteers.
To oversee the building of the Amitabha Stupa, Jetsunma invited one of the foremost stupa builders in the world, Tulku Sang-nang Rinpoche. Rinpoche came to Sedona to manage the Stupa’s construction and to lead ceremonies that would create the most auspicious conditions for the building and empowerment of the Amitabha Stupa.
It took 18 months to complete the Amitabha Stupa. The construction culminated with a three-day consecration ceremony in July and August of 2004. Since that time, tens of thousands of visitors from around the world have come to the Amitabha Stupa looking for healing for themselves or loved ones, solace from sorrows, good fortune, long life, help for those dying or deceased, and, most especially, for the ultimate goal of spiritual awakening.
Mystery of the Inner Stupa
Most people have no idea that stupas are filled to the very top with hundreds of sacred objects. The Amitabha Stupa contains these offerings: sacred mandalas for prosperity, well-being and peace which antidote specific causes of suffering, close to a billion mantras for peace, compassion, and the pacification of negativity, precious medicines from around the world, and earth from every continent.
Within the Amitabha Stupa there is also a sacred relic from the Buddha of our time, Shakyamuni (Gautama) Buddha! There are numerous other extraordinary relics from past living Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. These relics give the Amitabha Stupa its profound potency to alter the karmic fabric for all who stand in its presence.
Visiting the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park
Every day dozens of visitors—spiritual seekers, families, people on quests and pilgrimages, the curious, local residents—hike the short distance from the entrance of the property to the Amitabha Stupa.Visitors are cordially invited to visit The Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park any day from sunrise to sunset. It is located at the base of Thunder Mountain, adjacent to Chimney Rock. From Highway 89A in Sedona, take Andante Drive north to Pueblo Drive. Turn left. Proceed 50 yards and park. Continue by foot on the short trail to the stupas.
“All of the sacred objects (placed in the stupa) activate the power of enlightened compassion embodied by Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, releasing pain and suffering, eliminating obstacles and bringing peace and contentment to the world.” – Thartung Tulku, renowned Tibetan Buddhist lama, founder of the Nyingma Institute and Dharma Publishing