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Kagyu Mila Guru Stupa
Kagyu Mila Guru Stupa is
unusual for stupas, if not unique. It is a traditional Tibetan-style stupa,
built under the direction of Lama Karma Dorje of Santa Fe, NM and consecrated
by Bokar Rinpoche and Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche in 1995, but it was built in honor
of Herman Rednick, a Western meditation teacher and mystic.
The stupa is also
unusual in that it contains a shrine room rather than being a solid structure
as are so many stupas throughout the world. The shrine room was included at the
suggestion of children of Rednick’s students. Labor to build the stupa came
from students of Herman Rednick, their children, and students of Lama Dorje
from Santa Fe.
With its intimate shrine
room and beautifully painted Tibetan Buddhist deities, the stupa invites all
who enter to share in an atmosphere which is traditionally Buddhist yet
inclusive of the Western path.
Tibetan practices occur
here usually in the summer. The stupa is also used during Buddhist retreats and
may be visited anytime.
The Meditation Temple was constructed by Herman students while Herman was still in physical form. The land was donated, and the temple structure designed, by early students. It was constructed and completed by dozens of devoted students. The Temple was consecrated in 1983. There have been continual meditation classes and retreats held there throughout the years. A large collection of Herman's paintings are housed and shown in the Temple. The atmosphere is pristine and transformational. Check in Programs for a current schedule of classes.
Earth Journey Memorial Labyrinth
The Earth Journey Memorial Labyrinth is a 48ft Chartes style labyrinth. It was conceived and funded by students and family to honor those that are beloved and have gone on. The labyrinth is an ancient walking meditation tool, a fitting symbol for our journey upon the earth. One is born into a mandala, a labyrinth, and one exits it at death. In contrast to a maze, there is only one path in a labyrinth, you follow it to the center, and there are no dead ends or switch-backs. The labyrinth is a harmonious, mystical symbol that invites one to walk in prayer and deep contemplation. The community, as well as visitors, are welcome to walk.
Campground and Bath House
The campground sits next to the Kagyu Mila Stupa and has a couple dozen campsites. Summer camping is popular with larger retreats and also with those who are doing short-term individual retreats. There is a Kitchen-Bath House in the campground which has two bathrooms with showers, and a full kitchen. To do a personal retreat in the Campground and use the Bath House, arrange with Campground Contact.
Through The Lorien House, Earth Journey, Inc. offers a space for workshops and retreats which support a deepening of spiritual awareness, particularly for the two traditions with which it is associated. The Lorien House is not only available for spiritually oriented workshops and retreats, it is also open to our local community for gatherings and workshops of other beneficial, health oriented, and artistic events.
The Lorien House is a simply furnished home located beside Kagyu Mila Guru Stupa. A large living and dining area, kitchen, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms are available for retreats and workshops. There is also a spacious deck for sunset and star watching from which the stupa can be seen. Bedrooms are double occupancy and the main room has space for 4-6 sleeping bags, dormitory style.
Camping for summer events offers 20 camp sites with a communal kitchen and bath house near the stupa.
Arrangements for use of The Lorien House can be made in Contacts.
The Dharma House, Earth
Journey’s newest structure finished in 2003 with contributions and labor from
Tibetan Buddhist practitioners, serves as both a beautiful retreat space for
visiting lamas and rinpoches and as the year-round practice space for the Kagyu
Mila Guru Sangha.
practices are Green Tara, and Chenrezig.
In addition, The Dharma
House offers those wishing a short-term, private, spiritual retreat an
inspiring place to meditate and practice. Arrange your retreat with The Dharma House Contact.
Information for all Earth Journey meditation and Tibetan Buddhist practices can be obtained in Programs, also by checking the bulletin board in front of the stupa.