Sunday, June 24, 2012

Crestone and the Baca Grande

You may find yourself in Crestone one day, perhaps because you are on a Buddhist or other meditation retreat. Wikipedia says there are 14 spiritual centers here, but I believe there are more. Quoting from Wikipedia,

A number of spiritual leaders have remarked upon what they perceive as special qualities of the area. The name of the nearby Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) mountains are one indication of the early impression the area made on settlers. Thrangu Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist lama, has stated that in part because Crestone is near the Continental Divide with waters that flow in both directions, it is a particularly auspicious place. According to Buddhist scholar Reginald Ray, another high-ranking Tibetan Buddhist lama, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, told him "Crestone is one of the two or three places on Planet Earth best suited for retreat practice."

I should mention that the energy is particularly powerful here, too powerful for non-practitioners to want to stay very long! Like Sedona, and Shasta, this place is wonderful for practice. With the stupas and all the prayer flags, it will remind some of Nepal and Tibet.

Crestone is a place to contemplate, both one's Enlightenment nature, but also the natural beauty of the place. The Japanese contemplative tradition Shumei places great emphasis on natural beauty, and they chose Crestone to build a multi-million dollar spiritual center.


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