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) by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, it imbues the Temple land with its sacred power. Because it is located near Washington, DC, thousands of people from around the world come every year to visit and make offerings and prayers.
The Peace Park
The Peace Park, once wild forest, has been transformed into a mandala with walking trails connecting meditation gardens representing the five colors and five directions, The Stupa Park and the Migyur Dorje Stupa. It is a place of pilgrimage open 365 days a year and free of charge to the public. It offers a place of serenity and spiritual refreshment for people of all faiths.
The Stupa Park
Situated halfway between the Red and Green Gardens, is the Stupa Park, KPC’s second stupa project. It is dedicated to peace in the world and contains all eight types of stupas, which are remembrances of the Eight Great Deeds of the Buddha.
At the center of this mandala of the Eight Great Deeds stands a central Stupa, 18 feet tall, dedicated to upholding the life of our teacher, Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo. The entire park has been blessed and consecrated by Jetsunma, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, and many other Lamas of the Nyingma Lineage.
Migyur Dorje Stupa
Though Terton Migyur Dorje, the founder of the Palyul lineage, passed away at the remarkably young age of 23, the Nam Cho practices he gave to the world have brought an unbroken stream of enlightenment to countless beings for more than 300 years. Following his cremation, many lamas built stupas to enshrine his relics all over Tibet.
These stupas gained renown for the spontaneous physical and mental healing experienced by those who circumambulated them with faith. Since the Chinese Cultural Revolution these relics of Migyur Dorje have become exceedingly rare, but due to the compassion and generosity of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, one of Migyur Dorje’s finger bones sits at the heart of KPC’s Migyur Dorje Stupa. It is because Jetsunma knew of these relics’ reputation that she dedicated this stupa to the eradication of diseases for which there is no known cure.
Though anyone will benefit from circumambulating this sacred structure, those with stubborn physical and mental obstacles are particularly encouraged to do so.
Ngagpa Yeshe Dorje Stupa
Ngagpa Yeshe Dorje was known as The Rainmaker, weatherman for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He visited KPC Maryland and everyone who met this extraordinarily joyful Lama fell in love with him. After his passing a portion of his precious relics was given to Jetsunma, for which she had this Stupa built.
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