The Shambhala Mountain Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create a space for the ‘exploration of individual and social wisdom'. Located 8,000-feet above sea level in Red Feather Lakes, northern Colorado, the 600-acre retreat is nestled among mountain valleys, woodlands and meadows, which is an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
According to Tibetan Buddhism, Shambhala was a mythical kingdom that had leaders who were compassionate and wise. It was based on the ancient teachings of the Shambhala Kingdom that Tibetan meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche developed his vision for creating a better world through fostering a culture of kindness, generosity and courage. In 1971, he established the center as a refuge for participants to experience the Shambhala teachings and explore individual and social wisdom.
Today, more than 100 courses are held annually at the site, including mediation sessions, qigong classes and mindfulness workshops. Visitors can also pay a visit the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, which is the tallest stupa in North America. Built in the shape of the Buddha's body, the structure was erected in veneration of the center's founder as well as a visual reminder of the higher transcendental state embodied by Buddha.
2.Retreats and Getaways
3.Visit the Great Stupa
4.Accommodation and Dining
Best Things to Do in Colorado: Shambhala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes
- Retreats and Getaways
- Visit the Great Stupa
- Accommodation and Dining
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of Shambhala Mountain Center