Funding is needed to complete the driveway, parking, water tower and fire hydrant, water supply system, landscaping, and irrigation before we will be allowed to open the temple in Sanger to the public. This will need to be finished before we can proceed too far with the second site in southern California.
You can continue to visit the Holy Vajra Poles and receive their blessings. You can continue to make offerings that will be installed in the “Walkway of Blessings” under the twenty-one prayer wheels that will be part of the Vajra Pole Pavilion. The requests that have been received to date are being stored in their gold, silver, or other appropriate colored envelopes in a safe in a secure location right next to the Holy Vajra Poles. You can also come and visit the Abbot who will continue to live at the temple and join her and the temple monastics in their daily chanting and meditation practice and listening to dharma discourses by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. The abbot also conducts seminars and workshops on these dharma discourses at various locations. Click for the current schedule.
Ancient Buddha Site-Southern California
We are still in the planning stage at the second site and will need to obtain the appropriate permits and approvals to proceed, but the following represents our thinking to date. Because we want to emulate the isolated hermit caves high in the mountains of Tibet and still orient this temple to its American roots, we hope to use natural materials and a style that is indigenous to the area. We also want something that is suitable for the extremes in climate that prevail in the high desert. Most auspiciously, the California Institute of Earth Art & Architecture (Cal Earth), founded by Iranian architect Nader Khalili (1936-2008), is dedicated to developing just this type of architecture. We hope to be able to use the ancient technology and techniques developed by Cal Earth, many of which are shown as prototypes on this website.
There are many ways you can help develop and participate in the Holy Vajrasana Temple & Long-Term Retreat Center at the site of the Ancient Buddha Temple. To help make it a reality, you can contribute to the cost of constructing the monastic residences, the Holy Vajra Pole Pavilion, the Stupa of Vajra Manifestations, and the new temple as well as the overall cost of site development. You can learn the art of building the adobe structures and help in constructing the temple and other structures. You can even build your own private meditation cave at the site. You may also want to build and operate a small shop on the banks of the river-canal that will connect all of the activities at the site to the Ancient Buddha Temple itself. And when the projects are complete, you can come and worship in the temple as well as attend long-term retreats and other events at the center to deepen your practice and meditation experience.
1-Build Your Own Private Meditation Cave
There are several ways that Members of the Xuanfa Institute can build their own private meditation “cave” at the site of the Ancient Buddha Temple.
2-Holy Vajrasana Temple at Ancient Buddha Temple Site
A small temple designed to serve the local community and the non-Chinese speaking disciples staying at the site will be built using ecologically proven techniques.
3-Monastic Residences at the Holy Vajrasana Temple & Long-Term Retreat Center
Both monks and nuns and dedicated lay people will be needed to operate the small temple and maintain the facility as well as support and monitor those who come to take long-term retreats. The plans call for separate double ecodome buildings for men and women with four small sleeping domes in each plus a small common kitchen and bath. A large common dome could also accommodate others for special events held at the Ancient Buddha Temple and/or the Holy Vajrasana Temple.
CLICK for information on how to donate to the temple and help bring the Buddha-dharma to America