I had just traveled some 1,500 plus miles over the course of two days with my sister, her daughter and of course her shedding dog from no mans land Bismarck, North Dakota to Prescott, Arizona. Needless to say, I gladly traded them in for my amazing wife and son (#lilboo) to beat cheeks out of Dodge. Our first stop – Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park in Sedona Arizona! The Mrs. found an amazing gem hidden off the beaten track far away from the tourist hustle and bustle that is typically found in this spiritual seekers paradise also known as Sedona, Arizona.
Travelers both young and old alike have been flocking to Sedona’s Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park in Sedona Arizona as a unique place for prayer, meditation and contemplation since its inception in 2004. On any given day, dozens of visitors trek up the winding trails to the main attraction, a 36 foot Amitabha Stupa along with the smaller Tara Stupa. Even with such foot traffic, one can sit peacefully among the pinion and juniper pines surrounded by stunning views and tranquility. (Insert AwakenWithJP video)
Given that stupas are Buddhist structures, they are open to people of all faiths and non-faiths alike – see definition below:
Stupas are sacred monuments that embody the enlightened mind. The word “Stupa” is a Sanskrit word that literally means “to heap” or “to pile up.”
Visiting Amitabha Stupa in Sedona is quite simple and easily accessible. It is open every day from dawn until dusk and is free of charge. Directions to the Amitabha Stupa takes you through a residential area of Sedona (so please drive carefully) and is located on Pueblo Road, in the heart of West Sedona. From Highway 89A (the main road in Sedona), turn north on Andante Road beside the Circle K store. Proceed about a mile (toward Thunder Mountain) and turn left on Pueblo Road, the last left off of Andante. If the gate is open, turn immediately right onto the stupa land and proceed to the parking area. If the gate is not open, park on Pueblo. The stupa is a five-minute walk from Pueblo on well marked trails.
The Stupa is supported through donations, of which there is a donation box is located close to the main Amitabha Stupa. For more information please visit Amitabha Stupa on Facebook.
Be sure to put this on your next Arizona Day Trip Adventure!
Until next time, Peas Out!