Many come to Sedona hoping to have a spiritual experience among the inspiring beauty Sedona has to offer. On the “not to miss” list of places to visit and surround yourself with the energy and essence of Sedona is the Amitabha Stupa in West Sedona.

Amitbaha Stupa

Buddhist practitioners have built this sacred form of architecture for millennia “to promote spiritual deepening, healing, prosperity and peace.” In the beginning, stupas were often simple mounds of earth and stones which evolved to be the burial tomb for important kings, and then later were created as religious monuments to honor the living and remind people of the seeds of enlightenment they carry within.

A stupa serves to represent the entire Buddhist path, and is a receptacle for offerings and support where people can express connection and devotion to the Buddha mind. Stupas are rare in the West, so being able to visit Amitabha Stupa, which sits like a jewel on the Sedona countryside is a rare experience for visitors to the area. Graced with a bronze image of Amitabha, the Buddha of Limitless Light, the Stupa is filled inside with hundreds of millions of prayers, ritual objects and sacred relics.

If you have come to Sedona for spiritual discovery, plan to spend some time at the Amitabha Stupa. You don’t have to understand Buddhism to enjoy your time here, where the gentle sound of distant wind chimes will lull you into the magic of the place. All are welcome to visit this very peaceful site: explore, meditate or pray for yourself or for loved ones, for peace and to end suffering in the world.

A focused breathing meditation works well to allow your mind to empty and to begin to experience the pure energy of peace that is palpable here. If you choose to circumambulate the Stupa, begin by standing and sensing the bottom of your feet as you connect to the earth as described in the chapter, “Whole Body Walking” by Ilchi Lee in the The Call of Sedona, “Stand with both feet and feel your body, which connects heaven and earth.” He adds, “Slowly start walking with your senses opened to your body’s sensations and to the life energy in the woods.”

How to get to Amitabha Stupa:
From the Y in uptown Sedona travel Highway 89A west (toward Cottonwood) a short distance to Andante and turn right. Travel a few short blocks to Pueblo and turn left. Proceed 50 yards and park.

• Difficulty: Short hike on uneven terrain to arrive at the Stupa and additional smaller similar trails surrounding the Stupa.
• Please be respectful and quiet of others who are there praying, walking and meditating. No smoking or unauthorized activities.
• Usage: Moderate. This is a sacred site on private property that is open to visitors during daylight hours.
• For handicapped access or group tour assistance, please call 877-788-7229.
• Shaded meditation platform with chairs. There are porta johns available.
• Dogs allowed on a leash. Be mindful and watch for possible snakes on trails during the summer.

Lynn A. TrombettaBy Lynn A. Trombetta: A freelance web writer on topics of art, music, and wellness, Lynn is also a wildlife artist/photographer, professional flutist, recording artist, and published author.