The Great Stupa is 5 mi. e. on CR 68C (gravel road) to the Shambhala Mountain Center. Rising out of a ponderosa pine forest, this Buddhist shrine is the centerpiece of a 600-acre meditation retreat center. This monument to human kindness, said to be one of the world’s most significant examples of Buddhist architecture, features a 108-foot-tall gold spire and brightly painted facade. The interior features inlaid marble floors, an intricately painted ceiling and a towering gold statue of Buddha.
Note: Since visitors must walk two-thirds of a mile from the parking lot to the shrine, comfortable shoes are recommended. Some handicapped and family parking is available next to the shrine.