Last week a fellow yogi friend and I took a drive up to Sedona, AZ. We are fortunate here in Phoenix, as the drive to the magical red rocks is only a little over an hour away. If you’ve never visited Sedona, I highly recommend it! In fact, the Sedona Yoga Festival will be held in February 2014, which would be a perfect reason to come visit! Don’t you think? http://sedonayogafestival.com/
Last year, my husband and I were married in Sedona and we had the pleasure of visiting the Amitabha Stupa, where we marinated in the healing energy while walking clock-wise around the beautiful structure chanting in gratitude and love.
Being near a stupa is like finding an oasis of peace. Many visitors to the Amitabha Stupa find themselves deeply moved, even changed, by the experience. As a result, some would like to create a permanent connection to the stupa for themselves or their loved ones, which you can do by contributing to the Path to Peace.
The Path to Peace comprises beautifully engraved brick pathways close to the Amitabha Stupa. The bricks are inscribed with the names chosen by the contributors. You can dedicate a brick to a loved one or a pet, or you can have your own name or a personal message inscribed. Each brick will become part of the Path to Peace. All you have to do is download the pdf form, fill it out and send it with your contribution.
As if Sedona isn’t magical enough in all that it is, the Amitabha Stupa in Sedona is a place that is a must visit for all spiritual seekers. The 36 foot Stupa sits majestically among the pinion and juniper pines, surrounded by a landscape of stunning crimson spires, and of course, the famous red rock.
What is a Stupa?
The stupa is one of the oldest forms of sacred architecture on earth, dating back to the time of the Buddha, 2600 years ago. Stupas are mostly found in the East, where Buddhism first took root and flourished. They are indeed rare in the West.
A stupa is considered to be the living presence of the Buddha and as such represents the Mind of Enlightenment. Stupas have been built to avert war, end famine, and promote prosperity and well-being. Their sole purpose is to bring benefit for all living beings, and the mystical accounts of the healing powers of stupas are well documented.
Learn more about the history of stupas.