A Kunzang Palyul Choling Stupa in Maryland

Maryland Stupa Park

Early morning at the Maryland Stupa Park.


Tara statue in Maryland Prayer Center
Face of a Buddha statue in the Maryland Prayer Center


Ngakpa Yeshe Dorje

Yeshe Dorje Stupa
The Ngakpa Yeshe Dorje Stupa

Sacred Buddhist Stupas of Kunzang Palyul Choling

Maryland Stupas
A Place of Pilgrimage and Peace

The KPC-Maryland temple is situated on 72 pristine acres in rural Maryland, just outside Washington, DC. Once wild forest has been transformed into a place of pilgrimage with over 25 stupas, walking trails, meditation gardens and Buddhist Temple. Open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, and free of charge to the public, it offers a place of serenity and spiritual refreshment for people of all faiths.


The Enlightenment Stupa

This was the first stupa built at KPC-Maryland.  It stands 36 feet tall, gleaming white against the backdrop of the lush Maryland forest.  Built in 1987 at the request of Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo and consecrated by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, it imbues the Temple land with its sacred power.  Because it is located near Washington, DC, thousands of people from around the world come to visit and make offerings and prayers. 

Enlightenment Stupa

The Stupa Peace Park

This beautiful park is set upon KPC’s 65 acres, which are a mandala of walking trails connecting the gardens of the five directions.  Situated halfway between the Red and Green Gardens, you come upon it suddenly, and your heart swells with surprise and joy.  KPC’s second stupa project, it is dedicated to Peace in the world and contains all 8 types of stupas which are remembrances of the 8 Great Deeds of the Buddha.

Maryland Stupa Park
At the center of this mandala of the 8 Great Deeds stands a central Stupa, 18 feet tall, dedicated to upholding the life of our teacher, Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo.  The entire park has been blessed and consecrated by Jetsunma, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, and many other Lamas of the Nyingma Lineage. HH Penor Rinpoche with Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

Migyur Dorje Stupa

Though Terton Migyur Dorje passed away at the remarkably young age of 23, the Nam Cho practices he gave to the world have brought an unbroken stream of enlightenment to countless beings for the past 350 years. Following his cremation, many lamas built stupas to enshrine his relics all over Tibet.

These stupas gained renown for the spontaneous physical and mental healing experienced by those who circumambulated them with faith. Since the Chinese Cultural Revolution these relics have become exceedingly rare, but due to the compassion and generosity of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, one of Migyur Dorje’s finger bones sits at the heart of KPC’s Migyur Dorje Stupa. It is because Jetsunma knew of these relics’ reputation that she dedicated this stupa to the eradication of diseases for which there is no known cure.

Migyur Dorje Stupa Consecration

Though anyone will benefit from circumambulating this sacred structure, those with stubborn physical and mental obstacles are particularly encouraged to do so.   Plans to landscape and construct a beautiful park with a waterfall around the Stupa are in progress.


To the left, you can see the consecration ceremony held for the Migyur Dorje Stupa.

KPC Peace Park

This sacred refuge, which is comprised of the 65 acre KPC Peace Park and the 7 acres of Temple Land, is a haven of woodlands, walking trails, meditation gardens and 19 fully consecrated Stupas. See how you can help contribute to the ongoing projects in Maryland.........Read more about Maryland's Contribution Opportunities.

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