|Vajrayana Buddhist prayer flags flying over Boudhanath, Nepal (Pete/Karnevil/flickr)|
America needs a great Buddhist stupa!
Xochitl, Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly
|Sedona's Buddhist Stupa, Sedona, Arizona (Glen_Carlin/flickr.com/collage)|
|Flags over Sedona Stupa (Glen Carlin)|
Pagodas, dagabas, chortans, mandala-mounds, and so on all house priceless reliquary objects -- either minute amounts of the historical Buddha's funerary ashes or relics (strange physical byproducts of enlightenment manifesting as beautiful glass-like beads and other formations that survive or are produced during cremation) or the remains of arhats, honored teachers, and world rulers (chakravartins).
|Then there's the great Tibetan stupa at SMC in Colorado, too (shambhalamountain.org)|Small side-chortan in Sedona
|Amazing Anasazi (Hopi) ruins at Tuzigoot, Clarkdale, Arizona (americansouthwest.net)|
|Wooden Buddha (Glen Carlin)|
But one already exists, built by Tibetan Buddhists in northern California. Across the USA there are small ones and plans, or at least dreams, for more.
|Buddha profile (Glen Carlin)|
Wisdom Quarterly visited with Xochitl and Dr. Rei Rei to visit the Anasazi sites and this amazing hidden gem hidden on the west side of the American Southwest's most beautiful town.
To visit, choose the cooler months. Sedona is amazing year round, with winter snows the blanket the red rocks. It is one of the most picturesque landscapes in the world, a lower extension of the once Buddhist Grand Canyon. (How could the Grand Canyon ever have been Buddhist? It was).
- VIDEO: Native Buddhist artifacts, Grand Canyon
- Were the Anasazi [Native Americans] Buddhists?
- Buddhist cave temples found in Grand Canyon
- AUDIO: Ancient Egyptians in the Grand Canyon
- Grand Canyon's secret underground Buddhist temple?
- Native American Buddhism and Tibet