Dalai Lama to Bless the Largest Buddhist Monument in the US

September 10, 2006

Source: The Coloradoan


On September 10, 2006 The Coloradoan reported, "As the morning sun rises above the Shambhala Mountain Center near Red Feather Lakes on Sept. 17, 2,000 Front Range residents will be taking their seats for what, for some, will be a once-in-a-lifetime event. The 14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, is coming to speak at the Buddhist center. He is considered by many to be a living example of peace, compassion and religious tolerance. It is his first visit to Colorado in nearly a decade. Arriving by helicopter from Denver, the Dalai Lama will bless The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, the largest Buddhist monument in the United States, and speak about the importance of compassion. The sold-out event starts at 10 a.m. The visit to Shambhala Mountain Center is just one of several programs addressing the topic of compassion to be offered this fall by Colorado Buddhist organizations. Masonville residents Jennie Kiessling Michler and her husband, Andrew Michler, bought tickets to the event at the Shambhala Mountain Center as soon as they became available in the spring. 'He's interesting as a political mind and a spiritual mind,' Kiessling Michler said. 'He has a special presence as a political leader, of someone who has a very specific philosophy that permeates his being and also permeates his politics. Obviously, you don't have to be a Buddhist to want to see the Dalai Lama,' she said."