The Peace Park

The Peace Park is a 65-acre oasis of walking trails and meditation gardens open to people of all faiths as a place for prayer, meditation and spiritual renewal. Open from dawn to dusk, entrance is free and leashed dogs are welcome.

The focal point of the park is the golden Migyur Dorje Stupa, a 35-foot tall sacred structure representing the mind of enlightenment, specifically dedicated to physical and spiritual well-being. The customary practice is to walk clockwise around a stupa, making wishing prayers for the benefit of all those, including oneself, who are suffering. Offerings may also be made on the altar bench in front. The Peace Park is also home to a Long Life Stupa Park, located in the northwest area of the property. This park consists of nine stupas. The central 18-foot stupa is dedicated to the long life of Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo. The outer circle of smaller stupas consists of a traditional set of eight, each slightly different and symbolic of a significant event in the life of Shakyamuni Buddha. Five other smaller stupas are sheltered in wooden shrines in five meditation gardens, located at the four points of the compass and at the center of the Peace Park: Center - The White Garden symbolizes the quality of the spacious mind, free of contrivances and concepts, the purification of ignorance, and is associated with the Buddha Vairocana. West - The Red Garden symbolizes discriminating wisdom, the purification of desire, and is associated with the Buddha Amitabha, Buddha of Limitless Light, whose practice is particularly important at the time of death. This garden is easily accessible from River Rd. South - The Yellow Garden symbolizes generosity, the purification of pride, and is associated with the Buddha Ratnasambhava. This garden is easily accessible from River Rd. North - The Green Garden symbolizes concerned activity for the benefit of all beings, the purification of envy or jealousy, and is associated with the Buddha Amoghasiddhi. East - The Blue Garden symbolizes mirror wisdom, the quality of the imperturbable mind, the purification of anger, and is associated with the Buddha Akshobhya. Also located in the Peace Park is a meditation garden in the Zen style, including a small meditation shelter with benches. This garden is also easily accessible from River Road. At present, the Peace Park is not wheelchair accessible. Plans include easier access to the Migyur Dorje Stupa to facilitate its use, in particular, by those most in need. The Migyur Dorje Stupa is currently reachable by high-clearance vehicles using a rough graveled road. However, vehicle use is generally discouraged in the Peace Park, and the Migyur Dorje Stupa is otherwise accessible by trail an easy five-minute walk.

Join us for an hour-long Peace Park hike this Saturday, October 4th, at 4pm! Dogs welcome! After the hike, we'll have pizza from Nick's and Mama Lucia. Your $10 donation will support the Wetlands Maintenance Project at Kunzang Palyul Choling (KPC) which, as the first constructed wetlands in the state of MD and Chesapeake Bay estuary, is a landmark initiative in dealing with crap (literally) in a sustainable eco-friendly way!

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[05/17/14]   Save the date...Mid Atlantic Hikers coming out to the Peace Park tomorrow, May 18th to work on trails...feel free to join us. We'll be having a BBQ after all the hard work!

[02/26/14]   Looks like winter outside, feels like winter outside, but Spring is about to pop up and soon! With that, comes mowing, trimming, planting, and trail clearing. If you're interested in helping the Peace Park stay beautiful with its amazing gardens, trails and Stupas! Send us a message. We'll be out and about in the park soon!

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In appreciation of Earth Day, we'll be having a guided hike throughout the KPC 65-acre Peace Park, providing conversation about the land, wildlife, and metaphysical aspects of the Park, and what this means for our Mother Earth. We'll enjoy peaceful trails that lead to meditation gardens and magnificent stupas, which are sacred monuments that are considered to embody the mind of enlightenment. "Stupas are like acupuncture for the Earth," says KPC Director, Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo. The Guide will offer information about these sacred monuments, the history behind building them, and answering questions. The hike will include important information about the land in general. The Peace Park is a certified Wildlife Habitat with many species of birds and animals. This educational hike will be offered at 10am and again at 2pm, $10 for adults, $7 for children 14 and under. Lunch will be served at noon in between the morning and afternoon sessions for $5 a plate.

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[03/11/13]   Mark your calendars! We are celebrating St. Patty's Day (Sunday 3/17) the greenest way we know how - by cleaning up the Peace Park! A local hiking group is coming out to lend a hand and we hope you will join us too! Going with the green theme, we'll be focusing on repairing a section of the Green Garden damaged by two downed trees, and trimming along all of the trails. We'll be starting around noon and at the end of the day we'll BBQ in the Red Garden. Hope to see you there!

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Urgent: Temple is Temporarily Closed to the Public – We Need Your Help! | Kunzang Palyul Chöling

Please help! KPC Buddhist Temple has been closed to the public due to zoning issues (more info in the link). While the building itself has been closed, visitors are still welcome outside. We hope you will continue to visit our 65-acre Peace Park, including all of the stupas and walking trails. If you would like to help raise awareness and/or funds to reopen the temple, please contact us! Thank you - we appreciate your continuing support!

http://www.tara.org/2013/03/02/urgent-temple-is-temporarily-closed-to-the-public-we-need-your-help/

www.tara.org If you have ever visited the Temple, attended a teaching, an empowerment, or a class at the Temple, if you have been deeply touched or healed by the Temple or

The date is set! Mid-Atlantic Hiking Club will be at the Peace Park for a Grounds work day and BBQ on MARCH 17th. Come on out for the food and fun! Oh, and to get dirty!

Based on the most current weather report (subject to change within in the next 10 seconds, or less), we'll be on the grounds, cleaning, raking, pruning, cutting, sawing, burning, and whatever else is necessary on Thursday, Feb. 14th (what better way to spread the love?), Monday, Feb. 18th, Tuesday, Feb. 19th and Wednesday, Feb. 20th. As of this morning, "they" are reporting snow over the weekend, but we'll see. If you're interested in coming out on any or all of these days, contact Ani Sherab Khandro
and she can help coordinate your efforts.

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Losar Celebration – Maryland | Kunzang Palyul Chöling

The Tibetan New Year (Losar) is just around the corner, coming up on February 11th. It's in our tradition that the celebration of Losar actually continues for two weeks, each day accumulating merit by engaging in virtuous activities. You can see how we are getting Losar kicked off at Kunzang Palyul Choling here: http://www.tara.org/program/losar-celebration/ . All are welcome to join us.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to engage in the Peace Park during this time. The trails are open, and we welcome visitors to come and make offerings at the Stupas, or just enjoy a walk out in nature and enjoy the 5 color gardens and/or meditation garden. You're welcome to bring your dog as long as he or she is on a leash, and afterwards come on over to the Temple for a tour or join in the celebrations.

The Peace Park is designated as a Wildlife Habitat, and who knows who might pop out and say hello to you; a possum, or rabbit, maybe a fox or one of the many species of birds that have been spotted on the sacred land.

Follow us here for up to date activities that we'll be engaging in during this time of festivities. All are welcome to join in, Buddhist or not...the Peace Park is open to everyone year around.

tara.org Tibetan New Year 2140 Year of the Female Water Snake Losar is the Tibetan New Year, the beginning of the lunar year. The first fifteen days of Losar mark

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Losar Celebration – Maryland | Kunzang Palyul Chöling

The Tibetan New Year (Losar) is just around the corner, coming up on February 11th. It's in our tradition that the celebration of Losar actually continues for two weeks, each day accumulating merit by engaging in virtuous activities. You can see how we are getting Losar kicked off at Kunzang Palyul Choling here: http://www.tara.org/program/losar-celebration/ . All are welcome to join us.

There will also be plenty of opportunities to engage in the Peace Park during this time. The trails are open, and we welcome visitors to come and make offerings at the Stupas, or just enjoy a walk out in nature and enjoy the 5 color gardens and/or meditation garden. You're welcome to bring your dog as long as he or she is on a leash, and afterwards come on over to the Temple for a tour or join in the celebrations.

The Peace Park is designated as a Wildlife Habitat, and who knows who might pop out and say hello to you; a possum, or rabbit, maybe a fox or one of the many species of birds that have been spotted on the sacred land.

Follow us here for up to date activities that we'll be engaging in during this time of festivities. All are welcome to join in, Buddhist or not...the Peace Park is open to everyone year around.

tara.org Tibetan New Year 2140 Year of the Female Water Snake Losar is the Tibetan New Year, the beginning of the lunar year. The first fifteen days of Losar mark

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Wish Fulfilling Jewels

Have you ever wondered what the big golden structure is in the center of the Peace Park? It's called a stupa and represents the mind of enlightenment. This video gives an in-depth look at the intricate work of building a stupa, what goes inside (you may be surprised!) and how they work to magnify the power of prayer and promote peace in the world. You may recognize some of your favorite Peace Park spots near the end!

A slideshow and montage of the internal and external images of Kunzang Palyul Cholings many stupas. Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo has invited several stupa building l...

[01/31/13]   Hi everyone! Stay tuned for photos and updates on events and volunteer opportunities at the Peace Park. Please help us out by liking our page, recommending us to your friends, and sharing your Peace Park photos with us! May all beings experience peace :)

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