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Come visit the Dharma Sanctuary stupa in Moloa'a Kauai, Hawaii

The temple is open to pilgrims every day of the week from 8 AM to dusk. 6780 Koolau Rd.  Spin the prayer wheels, make flower offerings, meditate and light fragrant incense at the Tara shrine.

About The Dharma Sanctuary

The Dharma Sanctuary is a 501c3 non-profit religious foundation formed in 2004 to care for the Kauai temple grounds and stupa.


It is located in the middle of a residential community named Moloa'a Valley Gardens, in the geomantic navel of the Moloa'a valley.


Book a Tour

We hope you enjoy your visit and are inspired by the beauty and harmony of the temple grounds.

If you would like a one hour private tour with the founder, Andrew Fitts, an 'Airbnb Experience' is available. All proceeds go to supporting the upkeep of the temple.

Laura Bishop

"Awesome stupa,  We had such a great time with the kids.  They loved spinning the prayer wheels."

Dave Matthews

"I'm so inspired by this Tibetan Buddhist temple set in a beautiful, manicured landscape."

Betsy Morse

"I really feel an uplift from walking around the stupa. I come here often. We're lucky such a place exists."


The Moloa'a Stupa

A miraculous appearance

A stupa is a wish fulfilling gem, a representation of the enlightened mind of a Buddha. 


Stupas bring liberating energy to the world, helping overcome suffering and bringing benefit to all those who are fortunate enough to see one.

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    The Background Story

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    The Four Noble Truths

    A core Buddhist teaching

    1. All existence is dukkha. The word dukkha has been variously

    translated as suffering, sorrow, anguish, pain, or unsatisfactoriness.

    The Buddha’s insight was that our lives are a struggle, and we do not

    find ultimate happiness or satisfaction in anything we experience.

    This is the problem of existence.


    2. The cause of dukkha is craving. The natural human tendency is

    to blame our difficulties on things outside ourselves. But the Buddha

    says that their actual root is to be found in the mind itself. In particular

    our tendency to grasp at things (or alternatively to push them away)

    places us fundamentally at odds with the way life really is.


    3. The cessation of dukkha comes with the cessation of

    craving. As we are the ultimate cause of our difficulties, we are also

    the solution. We cannot change the things that happen to us, but we

    can change our responses.


    4. There is a path that leads from dukkha. Although the Buddha

    throws responsibility back on to the individual he also taught

    methods through which we can change ourselves, for example the

    Noble Eightfold Path.

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