A blessing ceremony for a newly completed holy Buddhist stupa monument and Tibetan prayer wheels will be held on Saturday, October 8 at 10:30 a.m. at Earth Sanctuary, a nature preserve and retreat center on south Whidbey Island. The public is invited to the ceremony at 5536 Emil Road, Langley, Wash.. The ceremony will be held outside; attendees should bring a cushion or something to sit on. The ceremony will be held rain or shine.
A stupa is the most important Buddhist monument and is a sacred structure designed to bring peace and harmony to a community and the world. The blessing and consecration ceremony will be led by His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya, the Head Lama of Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle, Wash. H.H. J.D. Sakya will be assisted by Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya, Ven. Tulku Yeshi, Ven. Khenpo Jampa, and Lama Migmar.
Everyone is also invited to visit Earth Sanctuary and walk with reverence, prayer or meditation around the stupa. An ADA-compliant parking space and sidewalk to the stupa enable the disabled to easily access the site and enjoy the Earth Sanctuary landscape.
Directions to the stupa: From 525, turn onto Newman Road and drive for about ¼ mile and turn right onto Emil Road. Drive up the hill about 2/10s of a mile and turn left into Earth Sanctuary on the gravel road. The stupa is visible from Emil Road.