These mountains form part of the horseshoe of rocks that surround the Great Stupa and the Center.
- A Different Path
A view of the Great Stupa from somewhere off the beaten path.
- Grove of Aspens
This small grove of Aspens was outside the window of our room at the Shambhala Lodge.
Even the rocks on Shambhala Mountain seem to be meditating.
- My First View of the Great Stupa
The slow-rising slope of the path takes a sharp right-hand turn after the bridge, revealing the Great Stupa to me for the first time.
- Flags and the Great Stupa
The flags are a gentle reminder of the route to the Great Stupa.
- Approaching the Great Stupa
The blue sky was absolutely stunning.
- Wispy Clouds
Another look at the Great Stupa with the wispy autumn clouds and sun behind it.
- Ceiling Mandala
This is a mandala on the ceiling of the Main Hall of the Great Stupa above the Buddha.
- Buddha Vitarka Mudra
This statue of the Buddha also contains the skull relic of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, founder of Shambhala Mountain Center. Vitarka mudra is the "teaching gesture".
- View from Great Stupa
Looking back from where we came. After circumambulating (in threes, natch) for a while, we approached the Great Stupa.
- Thankful rodent
These little chipmunks (or is that chipmonks?) are all over the place. This one looks as if he is bowing. Namaste little monk.
- Sun Behind Great Stupa
The sun falls behind the Great Stupa.
- Tori & Great Stupa of Dharmakaya
The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya as seen from the path leading to the Kami Shrine.
- Part of the Mountain
The Great Stupa is built to last a thousand years, but it feels as if it has been there forever.