Not only have the Native Americans found Crestone to be sacred, but many Tibetan lamas have also declared Crestone a sacred place. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Soknyi Rinpoche, Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche all have retreat centers in Crestone. Adzom Rinpoche and Tenzin Namgyal are also considering establishing centers in Crestone. In addition the Karmapa Tashi Gomang stupa representing the 84,000 collections of dharmas was built in Crestone to dispel obstacles for Buddhist practitioners.

To quote Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche: "A dharma center is an important place where many dharma practitioners practice together. . . .Crestone is a place where at your back you have the Rocky Mountains and in front of you there is an incredibly expansive view. It's a place where the earth is clean, the water is clean and the air is clean. So it's a wonderfully beautiful and secluded place, an ideal place to practice the dharma. It's a place where many tulkus, many emanations of realized masters are now gathering, have retreats or are building retreats. So this creates a very auspicious connection for the teachings of the Practice Lineage to flourish. Because we have so many different emanations of realized masters, so many different tulkus from so many different dharma traditions building retreats in the same place, teaching in the same place, then that really makes this place extraordinary.. Tibet has many sacred places because they are places where realized masters came and practiced, like Milarepa and Guru Rinpoche. Because these masters stayed in these places and practiced there, the places became sacred: Similarly because there are so many different emanations of masters practicing here and building retreats here, this place [Crestone] too will become a sacred place. All of these are signs that say the teachings of the Practice Lineage will flourish. So all of you, who are the pioneers in this, can stick it out and endure while you have to do the difficult work of building the place. ... In this world there are many places where there are retreats going on and there are retreat houses that have been built and constructed and people are practicing. Because of the tulkus in Crestone, out of all of the retreat settings in the whole world, this is the best! This is the most extraordinary! It is the retreat land of the emanations! And that's why in the future this will become an extraordinary place."

Thrangu Rinpoche locates Vajra Vidya Retreat Site
For many years Thrangu Rinpoche had asked Clark and Pat Johnson to find a place to build a retreat center. They traveled in New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado, but nothing was ever found. Thrangu Rinpoche suggested Crestone, but due to some mishaps nothing materialized. Then Thrangu Rinpoche asked in 2000 that Crestone be tried again and this time Clark and Pat Johnson were shown eight different pieces of land. Of these one seemed workable and Thrangu Rinpoche made a brief three day visit to Crestone to see the 35 acre site. On the day he was shown the land he walked on just the lower section of the land and then had to meet with Hanne Strong of the Manitou Foundation. Rinpoche said that he knew where the retreat center should be built and asked for a map.

Rinpoche marking the map for where the retreat center should be

He marked the location on the map and said that there were two mountains behind where the retreat center would go that looked like "sand poured on a table." He went to see Hanne Strong and his two monks ran up and found the spot that Rinpoche had marked on the map. They had a video camera and filmed it including the two mountains behind. That night Rinpoche was shown the video and said that the monks had located the correct place.We found out later that the boundaries of the map were located wrong and when this was correct the location chosen by Rinpoche was the only large meadow on the 35 acres and that it was also located right in the middle of the land.

When Thrangu Rinpoche visited the land in 2003, he explained that the location of the retreat center was to be in a position of what is called in Tibetan "the lap of the bear." The mountain on the left was the sacred mountain and coming down from each side of the mountain were small hills which were like the paws of the bear spreading on each side of the retreat center. This way the retreat center received the focused energy of the mountain. Rinpoche also suggested that a small fire lake be built in front of the center so that it could capture some of this energy.

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