On Monday, September 5, 2011 at 9:00 am, a final blessing and consecration ceremony for the Earth Sanctuary Stupa and Tibetan Buddhist prayer wheels will be held at Earth Sanctuary (www.earthsanctuary.org), 5536 Emil Road, Langley, Wash. The ceremony will be led by His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, the Head Lama of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism (www.sakya.org) in Seattle, WA. H.H. J.D. Sakya will be assisted by Ven. Tulku Yeshi, Ven. Khenpo Jampa, and Lama Migmar.
The public is invited to this ceremony.
A stupa is the most important Buddhist monument and sacred space. Stupas are holy monuments designed to bring peace and harmony to a community and the world. According to Buddhist teachings, a stupa helps calm your mind, radiates spiritual blessings, amplifies prayers, promotes long life, attracts wealth, helps cure illnesses and disease, and plants the seeds of enlightenment.
Anyone can experience the Earth Sanctuary stupa. We invite everyone to visit Earth Sanctuary and walk with reverence, prayer or meditation around the Earth Sanctuary stupa in a clockwise direction (circumambulating) as many times as you like. There is an ADA-compliant parking space and sidewalk to the stupa, enabling the disabled to easily access the stupa and enjoy the Earth Sanctuary landscape.
Directions to the stupa: There is a new parking area at Earth Sanctuary that enables visitors to park near to the stupa. To get to the new parking area, turn onto Newman Road off of Highway 525. Go approximately ¼ mile and turn right onto Emil Road. Drive up the hill about 2/10’s of a mile and turn left into Earth Sanctuary on the gravel road. The stupa is visible from Emil Road.
Earth Sanctuary (www.earthsanctuary.org) is a nature reserve and retreat center located South of Freeland, Washington on Whidbey Island. Earth Sanctuary is open to visitors every day of the year during daylight hours ($7/visitor fee). Earth Sanctuary’s three ponds are recognized as a habitat of importance by both Audubon and Island County. Chuck Pettis can be reached at 360-331-6667 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.