The Sangdo Palri Temple of Wisdom and Compassion is being constructed as a spiritual focal point for world peace and awakening. The Temple is the first of its kind in the United States. The Sangdo Palri Temple is located at Longchen Jigme Samten Ling, Mangala Shri Bhuti’s retreat center in Crestone, Colorado, where the rugged natural beauty and deep silence make an ideal setting for the mind to come into contact with its inherent longing for insight and peace. Many great teachers, such as HH 16th Gyalwa Karmapa and Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, have said that Crestone is an ideal location for spiritual practice. In this setting, the Sangdo Palri Temple will be a beacon of hope, a reminder of beings’ inclination toward the spiritual path, a modern pilgrimage spot, and a stronghold of aspirations and prayers.
The Sangdo Palri Temple is a traditional representation of the Copper Colored Mountain, or pure realm of Guru Rinpoche, who brought Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet, along with his consort, Yeshe Tsogyal. Guru Rinpoche foresaw much of the character of the present age of materialism and self-interest; out of his compassion he made a commitment that his enlightened mind would remain available to beings in need throughout time. Not only is the Temple a representation of his enlightened world, but it invokes his blessings to continue to be of benefit in the world today.
The Buddhadharma has been in the West for at least a generation. The Temple’s construction is another vote of confidence that dharma can be of great benefit to the modern era and particularly in the Western context. As practitioners, the Sangdo Palri Temple is our legacy, a statement of our commitment and devotion, one that can inspire generations of students of dharma as well as spiritual aspirants from all traditions.
All the world’s spiritual places radiate hope and possibility, optimism; they stand in contrast to mundane concerns; and quite possibly they point to the awakened mind itself. We envision the Temple as one such place and invite you to explore and make a connection.