Saturday, May 1, 2010

In the Realm of Sedona's Red Rock

The Tara Stupa
Sedona, Arizona (built 1999)
Source: Kunzang Palyul Chöling's website

Kunzang Palyul Chöling, spiritually directed by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, follows the Palyul lineage of the Nyingma tradition and operates a temple in Maryland and a dharma center in Sedona, Arizona. The Arizona Center is the location for the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park, home to the Tara and the Amitabha Stupa, and is exemplary of the many types of projects driven by volunteer and sponsorship efforts and a sangha that is driven by a spiritual and socially engaged mindset.

Amitabha Stupa
Build 2004

Amitabha Park Project
Source: Kunzang Palyul Chöling's website

Among the other projects driven by the leadership of KPC and the sangha are a Prison Ministry program, founded in Maryland and a no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in Dakini Valley, AZ- Tara's Babies Animal Welfare. Tara's Babies was formed during KPC's animal rescue efforts after Hurricane Katrina, during which they partnered up with other animal rescue organizations nationwide to rescue and relocate hundreds of animals wounded and abandoned during the hurricane. Snow Lion Newsletter's published a great and touching article on the efforts. I for one always love to see when so much time and energy is spent to include non-human animals in rescue efforts.

Evacuated animals flown to Arizona, en route to KPC's retreat and refuge

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