Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 11 October 2009.Phone: 970-881-2184
HistoryAlong with the increased immigration of Tibetan refugees in the United States, came His Holiness the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa, holder of the Kagyu lineage of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. After being forced to flee Tibet in 1959, Trungpa Rinpoche initially traveled to India and England. However, in 1970, he moved to the United States with his British wife, Diana Judith. After establishing many centers throughout the country, he established the Shambhala Mountain Center in northern Colorado in Red Feather Lakes.
The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya Which Liberates Upon SeeingAt the time of his death, Trungpa Rinpoche’s students began what became a fourteen year process of building a stupa at Shambhala Mountain Center in remembrance of their teacher and his life’s work. As one of the consistent practices of Buddhism since the time of the Buddha’s death, the act of building stupas is a significant Buddhist activity and tradition. Recently completed, the stupa became the pinnacle of Shambhala Mountain Center and it impresses those who see it and use it because of its grandeur and symbolic value.
DescriptionThe 600 acre property of Shambhala Mountain Center, includes open fields and forested areas, surrounded by peaks. Aspens not only please the visual landscape but they also fill the air with a sweet, refreshing aroma. Several ponds are scattered throughout the land and a stream runs near the Great Stupa. The serene atmosphere of the land creates a peaceful momentum that runs throughout the community Trungpa Rinpoche established on its land.
Shambhala BuddhismPart of the reason why Chogyam Trungpa’s mission to spread buddhadharma in the West was so successful was because he found a way to relate to the Western mind. While he found it important to pass on the knowledge of the Buddhist teachings he received in Tibet, he also found other ways to cultivate the basic goodness in human beings. When his son became leader, he divided the organization into three groups all which are part of the larger “Shambhala International”: Vajradhatu, Shambhala Training and Nalanda. By dividing the organization into separate groups, he reached more people. The Vajradhatu programs and teachings are specifically Buddhist while Shambhala programs and teachings are secular, appealing to a wide audience of Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
Activities and ScheduleFor upcoming programs and events, please visit the Shambhala Mountain Center's website. Call ahead to schedule a guided tour of the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya.