Preserving the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya

The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya houses body relics of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and many speech relics, rupas, thangkas, and other precious items.

Help us to preserve the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya and its precious relics

The devastating forest fire in the summer of 2012, which came so close to the Shambhala Mountain Center, was a wakeup call for the need to protect the center as a whole, and it lineage treasures, many of them contained in the Great Stupa.

Many individuals came forward, providing donations of more than $12,000 to help with fire mitigation and disaster preparedness. The Shambhala Trust approved a grant of more than $5,000 to continue this work in 2013. Additional funds raised will be used for long-term planning and implementation of fire mitigation, improvement of visitor center and Stupa support building, conservation of art and lineage treasures in the Stupa and disaster preparedness.

Recent Efforts

  • Fall 2014: We helped support a gold leafing workshop. At the work week, we made progress implementing recommendations in the emergency plan and completed an inventory of the art in the Stupa and at SMC. The first floor interior was repainted, along with work on lighting, path upkeep, paving stone repairs, and landscaping — with much more needed in coming years.
  • Fall 2013: Read the latest news in our newsletter
  • September 2013: more than thirty volunteers gathered at Shambhala Mountain Center for the second work week, as described in the newsletter. Due to very heavy rainfall, which was associated with the devastating floods in Colorado, work priorities had to be shifted, and painting the Stupa, a high priority, could not be accomplished during the week. However, volunteers remained at SMC to paint the Stupa in the days following, a tremendous demonstration of commitment and exertion! Thanks to Greg Smith for videos.
  • Summer 2012: John Perkins, former director of the Shambhala Archives and an expert in preservation of cultural heritage, expressed concern about the Stupa and volunteered to travel from his home in Mexico to SMC to prepare the structure so that it could withstand the fire. The Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project, working together with SMC and Shambhala International, got involved and provided the funds. John travelled to the Stupa, where he worked with SMC staff, Bob and Lindy King, and others. Read More about John’s Efforts.
  • Workweek Fall 2012: A workweek at the Great Stupa addressed fire mitigation to protect the Stupa. Much-needed repairs and maintenance work  were done on the Stupa and Visitors’ Center. More than 15 volunteers participated, led by Bob and Lindy King,  and Joshua Mulder. They spearheaded the original construction of the Stupa and have invested many years in this work. They were joined by John Perkins, and members of the SMC staff. Read more about the workweek.


  • Click on the arrow to see next photo. Photos by Greg Smith.