Bret Norwood

Poet, Writer, Conlanger, Cartoonist

Category: Unexpected Holy Sites of the American West

Shambhala Mountain Center Buddha

The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya at Shambhala Mountain Center, CO

An American Buddhist Holy Site Near Fort Collins, CO

What is perhaps the largest Buddhist monument in North America is situated in the mountains outside of Fort Collins, Colorado. The monument, a stupa, was constructed between 1988 and 2001 to house a relic from Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa (1939-1987), whom the Shambhala Mountain Center celebrates as important for his role in advancing Tibetan Buddhism in the West.

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Witches' Circle, Sheridan, WY at Belleview Cemetary

The Witches’ Circle, Sheridan Wyoming (Bellevue Cemetery)

The young people of Sheridan, Wyoming, know the ruined monument in Sheridan’s old cemetery as “the Witches’ Circle,” and little else about it is common knowledge. The only additional information I have seen on the Witches’ Circle comes from an article in the Sheridan Press weekend edition dated March 10, 11, 2012, and titled “A Place of Rest” by Caitlin Addlesperger.

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