Two special places for prayer and meditation
So many people come to Sedona for spiritual reasons; retreats, meditation, spiritual quests, prayer, and healing. This area is well known for subtle energies, vortexes and new age activities. Two of the most well known and powerful spiritual destinations in Sedona are the Chapel of the Holy Cross and the Buddhist Amitabha Stupa. If a spiritual quest is the reason for your trip to Sedona, then we strongly recommend a visit to these two landmarks.
The Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park
Since 2004, visitors have been flocking to Sedona’s Amitabha Stupa for prayer, meditation, healing, and the experience of peace in a sacred place. (Some call the stupa Sedona’s newest vortex.) Sitting majestically among the pinion and juniper pines, directly under Thunder Mountain and Chimney Rock in West Sedona, it is a jewel to behold.
Sedona’s Amitabha Stupa was conceived by Jetsunma Akhon Lhamo, the spiritual director of Kunzang Palyul Choling, a Buddhist temple in Poolesville Maryland, and the first western woman to be recognized as a tulku, or reincarnate Buddhist lama. The stupa was built as a gift to the community and the world, and a place of spiritual refuge for generations to come.
Stupas are one of the oldest forms of sacred architecture on earth, dating back to the time of the Buddha, 2600 years ago. A stupa is considered to be the living presence of the Buddha and as such represent the Mind of Enlightenment. Stupas have been built to avert war, end famine, and promote prosperity and well-being. Their sole purpose is to bring benefit for all living beings, and the mystical accounts of the healing powers of stupas are well documented.
Visiting the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park
The Amitabha Stupa is open every day from dawn until dusk and your visit is free of charge. The Stupa is supported solely by donations, which are of course, gratefully accepted. There are donation boxes close to the Stupa.
The stupa 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 uphill walk from Pueblo on well marked trails.
Group Visits and Handicapped Access
To arrange group visits, or to make special arrangements for handicapped access, please call 1-877-788-7229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance.
The Chapel of the Holy Cross is stunningly beautiful Roman Catholic chapel built into the red rocks of Sedona. Designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, it seems to grow naturally out of the rock formations. Completed in 1956, the The American Institute of Architects gave the Chapel its Award of Honor in 1957 and since then it has become one of Sedona’s most popular and inspiring spiritual destinations. Simply being in the presence of the chapel inspires a peaceful and restful mood that inspires reflection, prayer and meditation. Because the chapel sites high in the red rocks, the photo opportunities are breathtaking in all directions.
“Though Catholic in faith, as a work of art the Chapel has a universal appeal. Its doors will ever be open to one and all, regardless of creed, that God may come to life in the souls of all men and be a living reality.”
Visiting the Chapel
The Chapel is on State Route 179 in the south end of the city of Sedona. It is open from 9am to 5pm daily and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, Good Friday and Easter. There is a steep walk from the parking area (less than 5 minutes) and a parking area at the top for the physically challenged. There is an excellent gift shop that that features unique religious articles, many of which are made by local artists. Visitors are invited to attend a brief evening prayer service on Monday evenings at 5pm.