Introduction to Buddha Amitabha Pure land
Buddha Amitabha Pure Land is located in the north east of Washington State, about 260 miles east of Seattle. The nearest large town is Omak 25 miles away. The property consists of 447 acres and is on a little known piece of rustic countryside bordering the Okanogan National Forest. The land slopes gently down from a high point of 4000 to 3000 feet above sea level and is mostly covered with sage brush and Ponderosa Pine trees.
The climate tends to be hot and dry in the summer with little rainfall and the winters are quite cold with occasional heavy snows. The average yearly precipitation is about 12 – 14 inches and temperature range is -15 in the winter to 105 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer.
The land was acquired by the FPMT Inc. in 2000; Lama Zopa Rinpoche has his own retreat house on part of the property and has done retreat there from time to time. Recently Rinpoche and FPMT kindly made available the majority of the land to use as a retreat centre in order to provide the opportunity for a number of retreat and retirement dwellings to be built. Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s wish is that this be a place for senior FPMT Sangha and longtime senior lay students to come to do long term retreat, or for those who are retired or approaching retirement and wish to spend the rest of their lives living in a community of like-minded people. A stupa and small gompa are also planned along with a workshop and caretaker’s residence.
The environment of Tunk Valley where the retreat land is located is ideal for meditation retreats. The air is pure and the only sounds are of birds and the wind blowing gently through the pine trees. The area itself is totally rural and used only for small scale agriculture and there are many apple orchards in the area. The elevation of the land allows for stunning views out over the rest of the valley and of the distant snowcapped mountains.
It is therefore our plan to develop a meditation retreat facility, which will provide the opportunity for senior monks and nuns and senior lay practitioners to live out their lives in retreat. FPMT Inc will be providing the cabins free of charge as well as all the infrastructure development. Retreatants will be responsible for the cost of their food, utilities, health insurance, and a small monthly fee to cover maintenance of the land and infrastructure, land taxes etc.
A Preliminary Outline for the Development of
Buddha Amitabha Pure Land
This is a basic outline of what is envisioned to be built at BAPL. This opportunity is being offered to senior FPMT Sangha and longtime senior lay students to come and live in lifetime retreat within a community of like minded practitioners. In the first phase this opportunity is only being made available to five students. In time we hope to expand the facilities to include more long term retreat cabins, a few retiree cabins, and a stupa.
Assuming that all Planning, Building and Utility authorities’ permissions are obtained and depending on adequate funds being available it is planned to start the first phase of the development in June 2015.
The first phase of the development will include:
• Locating a suitable well site in the retreat area and drilling and casing the well.
• Installing a water pump, water pipes and storage header tanks
• Extending electricity supply lines from the transformer on the land to the retreat cabin sites
• Earth works to install an access road to the retreat cabin construction sites and excavation work on house sites and septic tanks sites and an area to install 3x1700 gallon water storage tanks
• The construction of 5 retreat cabins and a caretaker cabin.