His Holiness the XVIth Karmapa visited the Baca Grande Estate in the San Luis valley of southern Colorado in 1980. In this inspiring place, so reminiscent of his Tibetan homeland, with its high mountain peaks and vast empty plain, the Karmapa had a vision. He saw that this would be a place where the Tibetan Buddhist way of life and its unique meditation practices could be preserved and passed on to future generations. He foresaw the creation of a Tibetan medical institute, a monastery, a retreat center, and an entire lay community. At that time the Karmapa selected a site that would fulfill his vision, and was given two hunded acres by his hosts, Hanne and Maurice Strong.
Some time after His Holiness passed away in 1981, a small group of western students assembled in Baca Grande to begin to carry out his wishes. A house was acquired as a practice and residential center and a road built to His Holiness's land. In 1989, following a visit to Baca Grande by His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, one of the Karmapa's regents, the group was asked to build the forty-two-foot high Tashi Gomang Stupa to consecrate the land. This was constructed over a seven year period under the wise and loving direction of HE Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and the directors of KTTG, Venerable Bardor Tulku Rinpoche and Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. The stupa represents the 84,000 paths taught by the Buddha to realize enlightenment. "Tashi Gomang" means "Many Auspicious Gateways."The Tashi Gomang Stupa was consecrated on July 6, 1996 in a ceremony performed by Bokar Rinpoche, Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, and other Tibetan lamas.
Over the last 20 years KTTG has hosted many eminent Buddhist teachers, who have in turn given their blessings and priceless support to the center. Three retreat cabins have been built near the stupa. In 1998 a further 63.5 acres in the valley below the stupa, including a small house and the yellow ziggurat that can be seen from it (and from the stupa) were donated to the center . The small house was named "Dheden Jong" by H.H. 17th Karmapa and means "Valley of Happiness".
Tashi Gomang Stupa Consecration,
For more information on Karma Thegsum Tashi Gomang, please visit the donations page. Or you can call (360) 370-7770. The project is affiliated with Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, the Karmapa's principal seat in the United States. All donations to KTTG are fully tax-deductable.