Step back in time at Montezuma Castle and step forward into inner peace at Sedona’s Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park.
Located in nearby Camp Verde, Montezuma Castle is a magnificent cliff dwelling built by the Sinaqua (Native Americans) above the dancing Beaver Creek. Built about 1000 years ago and abandoned about 600 years ago when the Sinagua moved to another location, the legacy of these people continues to inspire the imaginations of past generations. This site is considered so important to the history of America that on December 8, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt celebrated the passage of the Antiquities Act by declaring Montezuma Castle as one of the first four sites of historic and cultural significance as our nation’s first National Monuments. President Roosevelt, a noted conservationist, identified as the Castle as “of the greatest ethnological value and scientific interest.” Roosevelt’s decision assured the continued protection of one of the best preserved prehistoric cliff dwellings in North America.
Wander along a well marked trail to explore the National Park Service’s educational displays detailing how the Sinagua lived along this small river and sought shelter from the heat and from their enemies in this dwelling built in the side of a cliff. Gaze up at the Castle and imagine yourself ducking through doorways and darting through passageways.
Understanding Arizona’s past and the people persistent enough to live here is part of understanding Sedona’s present and future.
Sedona’s Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park offers you a different opportunity: the opportunity to seek inner peace. Situated on 14 acres in Sedona’s stunning red rock country, the park is a place for mediation and spiritual renewal. Native Americans deem this land at the base of the impressive Thunder Mountain is holy and many who visit feel that spiritual transformation and healing expressed through the architecture and sacred geometry of the stupa.
There are two fully empowered and consecrated two here: the Amitabha Stupa and the Tara Stupa. Each sits majestically among the pinion and juniper pines, surrounded by a garland of crimson pinnacles of Sedona Red Rock.
Taking its name from Buddha Amitabha (the Buddha of Limitless Light), the Amitabha Stupa is a 36-foot enlightenment stupa. The Buddha’s bronze image is forged into the faceplate of the stupa. Graced with millions of prayers for peace, ritual offerings, and sacred relics, the Amitabha Stupa is an enlightened presence, offering a beacon of blessings for all beings.
The White Tara (or female Buddha) is the Earthly embodiment of long life and compassion. A relief of her graces the six-foot White Tara stupa.
Those of all faiths and those who seek enlightenment are welcome here. May you find peace here.