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artists rendering of the Sangdo Palri Temple

The Sangdo Palri Temple of Wisdom and Compassion is being constructed as a spiritual focal point for world peace and awakening. The Temple will also be a seat for the Longchen Nyingtik tradition of the Nyingma Lineage as transmitted by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche.  The Sangdo Palri Temple is located at Longchen Jigme Samten Ling, Mangala Shri Bhuti’s retreat center in Crestone, Colorado, whose rugged natural beauty and deep silence make an ideal setting for the mind to contact 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. Read more.

The Temple’s design follows a traditional four-sided mandala shape. On the interior three shrine rooms rest one on top of the next. This Sangdo Palri Temple departs from traditional Tibetan architecture, instead, while featuring Tibetan elements inside and out,  the style is more Japanese, where the use of wood, plain outer walls, curved roofs, and simple colors complement the natural setting. The blend of the Tibetan and Japanese elements make this Sangdo Palri Temple a unique vision, conceived by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, and executed by architect Kelly Smith.

front of the Temple december 2014

Inside the Temple’s three shrine rooms will continue to blend the simplicity of Japanese architecture aesthetic with the richness of the Tibetan tradition. Their purpose is to create a sacred environment that catalyzes our innate appreciation of the spiritual. The main floor is devoted almost entirely to a large shrine hall with a Guru Rinpoche statue as the central focus. With 14-18 foot ceilings, many large windows and a clear story, this shrine room will feature columns, colors and ornamentation drawn from classical Tibetan monasteries; this floor will also house a library, three protector rooms, cooking and tsok preparation facilities, and a sitting room for teachers. The second floor, with its lovely verandas, is entirely a shrine room, this one devoted to Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. The third floor shrine room, with an arched ceiling, will be a seat for Amitabha and many lineage statues. Including the basement, where various systems and facilities sit, the building is about 6,800 sq feet.


A sketch of the Main Shrine Hall.

Altogether the Sangdo Palri Temple represents the pure realm of Guru Rinpoche, a state of being completely free from ordinary perceptions and ignorance. The more open our mind is, the more this realm is accessible, yet for all who visit the Temple will be as a place of refuge and peace, prayer and aspiration, enlightened vision and compassion.

Once complete the Temple will have regular visiting periods each month, weather dependent during the Winter.