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Dharma Practice on Sacred Land
When great beings with open minds and vast hearts come to a place, the land and elements are blessed. It is possible to sense or feel this when we practice at sacred places. The physical environment made of the elements is impressed by their energy and the elements then become part of the land and people living in a particular place. We can deliberately use our memory of sacred places and how they influenced our mind stream to recollect and reconnect to what the essential blessings were. We can make those present again to inspire our practice and stay connected to what was sacred. We can touch the blessings of masters who have practiced in certain places and train ourselves to keep recalling this experience. If we do this over time, we can develop pure vision so that our experience in the world is gradually transformed. We try to become more and more like their minds and hearts.
Retreat Opportunities in Crestone
Yeshe Rangsal and the high mountains of Crestone have been blessed by many great dharma masters over the last half century, a partial list which includes: Adeu Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, Choegon Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche, Gangten Tulku Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and the 16th Karmapa.
Also, this land has been a place of retreat, prayer and gathering of medicines for thousands of years by Native American elders, some traveling as far away as northern Canada and what is now Mexico City in the South. And it is a sacred home to many of the world’s great spiritual traditions who have established centers and monasteries here.