At The Amitabha Stupa, Sunday, Dec. 30, Noon- 3:00 pm
Sedona AZ (December 21, 2012) – Come celebrate the coming New Year with prayerful intentions at Sedona’s Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park, on Sunday December 30th from noon to 3:00 pm. The community and visitors are warmly invited to gather at the Amitabha Stupa for this second annual free event.
“If you love the Stupa, or have never been there, please come and offer your wishes for peace and unity in the world! Write your hopes and aspirations on handmade prayer flags or offer flowers that will be provided,” said Ani Miranda Coates, Buddhist nun and one of the caretakers of the Stupa. Free refreshments and gifts will be given to all who attend!
Two brief talks at 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm will take place on the history and power of stupas and their ability to bring more compassion, healing and virtue to individuals, the community and the world. Prayer flags, once written, will be hung throughout the Peace Park. “Last year hundreds of people came and wrote their prayers and wishes for a more compassionate and peaceful year. It was very moving and a way to really give some thought to what moves us to make a better world,” said Coates.The Story of the Amitabha Stupa book will be available, detailing the construction phases and the mysterious and beautiful ritual objects, mantras and mandalas contained within the Stupa.
Through the compassionate intention of Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo, spiritual director of Kunzang Palyul Choling (KPC), the Amitabha Stupa was constructed and completed in 2004. It was built as an offering to Sedona and the world.
Recently a “friendly” 30-year conventional loan was acquired after a year-long, multi-faceted fundraising effort was initiated to avoid foreclosure of the 14 acres. Although a large principle balance remains, through the generous support of many Friends of the Amitabha Stupa, local residents and business supporters in Sedona and around the globe, huge back due fees and interest penalties were forgiven by the former note holder, a new loan was acquired and the financial picture is much brighter. Donations of any size are still greatly appreciated at this time and many new community and fundraising activities are in the planning stages for 2013.
Directions to the Amitabha Stupa property at 2560 Pueblo Drive, in West Sedona:
From Highway 89A, take Andante north to Pueblo, turn left. Proceed 50 yards and park or be directed to parking on the property. For more information call 928-862-0600, or visit: