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Hosted by the Rocky Mountain Tibetan Terrier Club

Rocky Mountain National Park

Great Stupa of Dharmakay

Stanley Hotel
("The Shining")

 

Nearby Attractions

rockymtnparkPlan to spend a couple of extra days before or after the Specialty to enjoy some of Colorado’s spectacular attractions that are only a short drive from the hotel. These include the town of Estes Park and not to be missed Rocky Mountain National Park. One attraction of special interest to anyone interested in Buddhism and the culture of Tibet is the “Great Stupa of Dharmakaya,” located about one hour from the hotel via a scenic drive.

The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya is located in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, on a wooded hillside at the Shambahala Mountain Center. It stands 108 feet tall and is one of the most significant examples of sacred Buddhist architecture in North America. A“ stupa” is the oldest known Buddhist religious monument and was originally used to bury important kings in prehistoric times. It evolved from being used as shrines to the dead into places to honor the living. Construction of the Great Stupa was initiated in 1988 and took over 13 years to compl e te be c aus e of the complexity of the architecture. The cone shape is symbolic of solar worship and the square box at the top called a harmika is said to be the dwelling place of the gods. Stupas, which are sacred structures, are said to promote harmony, prosperity, longevity, good health and peace. To view the Great Stupa is a compelling experience, and provides an insight into Tibetan culture and Buddhism. The Center is open daily to visitors from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and a $10.00 donation is suggested. The Great Stupa is an easy and scenic 20-minute walk from the parking lot. It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes, bring sun protection and a water bottle. At the Center you can enjoy lunch and a beverage for a modest donation. There is a also a gift shop. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed so leave your TT in the hotel when you make this unforgettable visit to another culture. For more information and driving directions check out the website.

Bob Kreis

StanelyHotelThis large, Victorian hotel is the famous Stanley in Estes Park.
The inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining. The hotel looms over the little town, which sits at the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Since the hotel is only about 25 miles from the TTCA national's headquarters, it's a fun place to go for lunch or dinner when you have some extra time. Many say the hotel is haunted. Take a tour of the building and decide for yourself if ghosts really do walk the halls. Because The Stanley sits on a hill, it wasn't touched by the flooding in September. Though water gushed through the main street of Estes, the town is recovering nicely. The Christmas lights are up and the annual holiday parade attracted people from all over Northern Colorado. All the roads leading into the town are again paved and businesses are open.