FACILITY – TARA MEDITATION CENTER
The proximity of the Tara Meditation Center to the woods and ponds of Earth Sanctuary provides meditators with a special opportunity to commune with nature, while focusing on spiritual practice. Retreatants are welcome to walk the peaceful and beautiful trails around Earth Sanctuary’s three ponds and through its forest. Sacred spaces, consecrated by H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya and H.E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya are excellent for meditation.
The interior & exterior of the Tara Meditation Center*
The Tara Meditation Center utilizes an entire single-family dwelling. Those renting it have the use of the entire house, as well as access to the Earth Sanctuary property, which is immediately adjacent. The building has electric heat which can be supplemented by the house’s wood stove. The area outside the house is carefully and elegantly landscaped and features a deck.
The Tara Meditation Center house has a combination meditation/living room with two Buddhist shrines, meditation pillows, a sofa, easy chair, a wood burning stove, and a variety of spiritual and meditation books. Ten meditation chairs are also available. The meditation/living room has a beautiful collection of Tibetan Buddhist art, a Tibetan Buddhist shrine, and Tara Shrine and a non-denominational shrine. A curtain is available for interfaith practices.
The house has two bedrooms with single beds for overnight stays, and a bathroom. You are responsible for preparing your own meals in the fully equipped kitchen*. The grounds are carefully landscaped.
To facilitate your retreat, Earth Sanctuary’s caretaker, Celia Sullivan, will meet you and orient you to the Tara Meditation Center and Earth Sanctuary’s sacred spaces and trails.
The house in which the Tara Meditation Center is located and the grounds surrounding it have been blessed and consecrated by H. H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya and H. E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya. The entire Earth Sanctuary property has been also blessed by Dagchen Rinpoche and Dagmola as well as spiritual leaders of other faiths. In addition, Earth Sanctuary has been energetically optimized according to Feng Shui principles and practices. Both Chinese and Tibetan Feng Shui systems have been used in determining design and placements.
In the Tara Meditation Center Earth Sanctuary House You Will Find:
- Two bedrooms, each with a twin bed for retreatants. The beds come with clean linens, down comforters and pillows.
- There is also a walk-in closet between the two bedrooms.
- A combination meditation/living room with three shrines, sofa, easy chair, and wood-burning stove.
- A variety of spiritual and meditation books.
- Nine zafus with zabutons (Japanese meditation pillows).
- Prostration Boards (for Ngon-dro practice).
- Ten chairs suitable for seated meditation.
- A fully-equipped kitchen and dining area.
A bathroom with clean towels and washcloths.
- A washer and dryer.
- A closet and storage area.
* There is no phone on the premises.*
H.H. J.D. Sakya, H.E. Dagmo Kusho and members of Sakya Monastery thank Chuck Pettis for his continued support of the Tara Meditation Center. Due to his compassionate and meritorious activities, may this peaceful site endure eternally for the benefit of all beings.
*Photos © Peter Raulerson