Karmapa Visits in 1980
Medical Institute, Monastery, Retreat Center
Karmapa foresaw the creation of a Tibetan medical institute, a monastery, a retreat center, and an entire lay community. At that time, he selected a site that would fulfill his vision and was given two hundred acres by his hosts, Hanne and Maurice Strong.
Western Students Gather
After His Holiness passed away in 1981, a small group of western students assembled to begin to carry out his vision. They bought a house to serve as a practice and residential center and a road was built to the land.
Request to Build the Stupa 1989
Stupa Consecration 1996
The Tashi Gomang Stupa was consecrated on July 6, 1996 in a ceremony performed by Bokar Rinpoche, Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, and other Tibetan lamas. The stupa represents the 84,000 paths taught by the Buddha to realize enlightenment. “Tashi Gomang” means “Many Auspicious Gateways.”
Retreat Cabins and More Property
KTTG has hosted many eminent Buddhist teachers, who have in turn given their blessings and support to the stupa. Four retreat cabins are located near the stupa and are well loved.
In 1998, Karmapa received a further 63.5 acres, including a small house and the Ziggurat in the valley below the stupa. His Holiness the 17th Karmapa named the house “Dheden Jong — Valley of Happiness”.
Rene Evenson, Director of KTTG, was living in Kentucky when she met her teacher, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, thru one of his books — The Myth of Freedom. She has been a student of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism since the 1970’s and moved to Crestone in 2016.
The Executive Committee is small but very dedicated. Most of the maintenance, enhancement design, daily upkeep and administration is done by this group — Jim and Harriet Campbell, Steve Winn, Ann Dancer, Njal Schold, Rob List, Zoe deBray and Barbara Falconer.