Sakya Kachod Choling has been celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the blessing of its land by Jetsun Kushok.  A traditional one-month White Tara retreat was held in July 2017, and the merit generated by the event was dedicated to the perfect health and long life of His Holiness Sakya Gongma Trichen and to the benefit of all sentient beings.  About forty-five students attended the initiation, and nineteen students received a week of teachings and entered into retreats lasting from one week to a month.

Sakya Kachod Choling began 30 years ago with the good intentions and devotion of two of Jetsun Kushok’s students who wished to build a retreat house for her.  Rinpoche advised them to find land on San Juan Island or Shaw Island.  After looking at a number of places for sale and consulting every step of the way with Rinpoche, the students purchased 10 acres of undeveloped land on Mt. Dallas.  It would soon increase to 20 acres when they later bought a neighboring tract. In April 1987, Rinpoche blessed the land in a ceremony memorialized in the photographs in the slideshow below.

1987 Blessing of the Land Ceremony

Celebration of past activities and the responsible stewardship of this precious environment as we move into the future are interdependent. . .

Your Help Is Needed!

Sakya Kachod Choling is the only Sakya retreat center in our country. Happily, our community is growing due to the rising demand for teachings, retreats, and the presence of teachers.  This summer we celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the blessing of the land with Jetsun Kushok’s kind offering of the White Tara empowerment and practice instructions and placing students into retreats lasting from a week to one month. Khenpo Pema Wangdak conducted a mind training retreat at Sakya Kachod Choling in October after giving a public talk in the town of Friday Harbor and teachings on Buddha, Dharma & Sangha, followed by a refuge ceremony.  Two students performed the one-month Vajrapani retreat in November with a fire puja at the conclusion, and other students have performed individual retreats of various kinds throughout the year. The next major retreat will be a three-month Vajrayogini retreat under the guidance of Jetsun Kushok beginning in July 2018.

At the same time that we have grown tremendously, we have an aging facility, and our infrastructure needs repairs and improvements. The basic structures and facilities that we need to operate – the buildings, roads, power supplies and the like – need to be brought up to today’s standards. The necessary repairs and improvements, to name a few, include new, insulated retreat huts; storage buildings; painting the gompa; road and asphalt driveway repairs; lighting and electrical system upgrades; and replacing the stairways to the second-floor kitchen and shrine room. We must preserve the only retreat center in the Sakya lineage in this country and serve a much larger community.

To do this, we need to raise $150,000 as soon as possible and certainly before next year’s three-month retreat.  Please use the following buttons to give at whatever level you can to help us reach our goal.

A recurring (monthly) donation is easy to set up, helps us with planning and implementation for the needed repairs and improvements, and you can stop the auto-payment at any time – or choose the 1-time general donation button to donate at whatever level you wish. All gifts at all levels are cherished and deeply appreciated.

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