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6/4/2012 8:01:00 AM
Celebrate Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park with fine art, music, and food

Dozens of artists, artisans, and collectors are celebrating and supporting the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park by donating wonderful works of art for the Sunday, June 10, art gala fundraising silent auction at Tlaquepaque, sponsored by Rene Restaurant.

The event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Proceeds will go to secure the Amitabha Stupa and the land it rests upon.

In addition to art, the evening will feature live music and delicious light fare and wine hosted by Rene Restaurant on the Upper Terrace; the art will be displayed in the adjacent Sala de Milagros Ballroom, thanks to Tlaquepaque General Manager Wendy Lippman.

"Everyone is warmly invited to attend," says artist and sculptor Dave Carroll, one of the co-chairs of the event, who is also donating several pieces of his own work.

Singer/songwriter Adalia Tara and pianist Bill Miller will provide musical entertainment throughout the evening. Tickets are $30 at the door or by advance purchase at 1-888-862-0433.

A community landmark

The Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park has become a beloved community landmark, embraced by locals, and an inspiring pilgrimage destination for spiritually oriented travelers to Sedona.

For many people, the Amitabha Stupa has become "their stupa," a personal oasis of peace and comfort. They depend on the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park to be there for them, their families, and even their pets.

Located on Pueblo Drive, adjacent to Thunder Mountain and Chimney Rock, this 14-acre scenic property offers an unspoiled setting, spectacular views (especially at sunset), and a palpable feeling of peace.

It is an official wild bird refuge as well. In 2007 Keep Sedona Beautiful awarded the Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park its "Award of Excellence" for "Harmony with the Environment."

The guidebook Lonely Planet mentions the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park as a "must-see" site for anyone coming to Sedona -- right after a Grand Canyon day trip and Pink Jeep Tour's signature Broken Arrow Tour.

But the real jewels of this sacred site are two stupas -- the 36-foot Amitabha Stupa and the smaller Tara Stupa -- that represent and embody wisdom and compassion, radiating blessings to all without exception without ceasing. According to Buddhist masters, one doesn't have to understand stupas or even believe in them to receive their blessing -- just as you don't have to believe in the rain; it will come down naturally. Stupas also harmonize the land and are said to prevent environmental upheavals.

100,000 visitors since 2004

The Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park was built in 2004 by Kunzang Palyul Choling (KPC), a Buddhist community, under the direction of its spiritual director Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, a Palyul lineage master in the Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana tradition.

Since then, an estimated 100,000 visitors have come to enjoy the property. The stupas have become focal points for people praying for themselves, loved ones, and world situations.

The fundraising gala is one effort to secure this beautiful property for visitors now and in the future. "During this uncertain financial time, we are committed to securing this property for generations to come," says Jane Perini, a co-chair for the art auction gala.

"It is so important to have powerful places like this in the world -- places of peace and comfort we can go to, where we can meditate and pray, and just find a peaceful sanctuary."

For more information about the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park, visit: or call Wib Middleton at 928-862-0600.

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