Build the Buddha Hall
Please join us!
Let’s make a continuous flow of merit
as we design, plan construction, and invite generosity
to build the Buddha Hall.
What is the Buddha Hall?
The Buddha Hall is the long-awaited temple space, the crown jewel of buildings at Sravasti Abbey.
No monastery is complete without its Buddha Hall. And while our beautiful log cabin Meditation Hall has served its purpose well for 16 years, it was always a temporary solution.
Now, with a resident community of 16 monastics and pre-Covid attendance at Abbey programs regularly surpassing 50 people, the Meditation Hall is just too small to contain all the Abbey’s Dharma activities.
When the Abbey opens up again, we expect an even greater surge of people seeking methods to cultivate peace.
The Buddha has been waiting for us, and now it’s clear: the time is coming to build the Buddha Hall
What’s the plan?
The Buddha Hall will be a two-story, 17,000-square-foot temple and library—a spiritual home for all beings.
It will support Sravasti Abbey’s daily meditation practices, regular sangha and chanting rituals, teachings, retreats, pujas, memorials, and special Dharma events.
The Buddha Hall will also contain a library, classrooms, and media room.
The Buddha Hall welcomes the sangha of the ten directions, and will be built to last for thousands of years.
Please help hold the vision
When Do We Start?
We had planned to start site preparation in the summer of 2020. Now, however, the coronavirus has slowed us down and we won’t break ground this year.
Plans are still going forward. Our building teams continue to meet—architect, engineers, contractors, designeers, and others—as we make detailed decisions about the building.
We are watching the coronavirus situation and global economy to determine how and when to move forward. We’ll be ready to go as soon as it’s feasible to start—hopefully in 2021.
Keep checking back for updates.
Meet the Building Team
Tim Wilson, of Momentum Architecture, is designing the building. He designed two previous buildings for us—Gotami House and Chenrezig Hall—and is creating a beautiful, spacious Pacific Northwest design with Tibetan touches.
Scott Pfeiffer at Threshold Acoustics will ensure that you can hear every word of Dharma spoken in the main hall.
Peter and Denise Griffin of Griffin Studios will make custom Buddha statues for the main hall altar—a 10 foot Shakyamuni Buddha flanked by his attendant, Ananda, and the first nun, Mahaprajapati Gotami, who was also the Buddha’s step-mother.
Young Construction Group, local commercial builders with over 25 years experience, will build the Buddha Hall. They’ve constructed many wonderful projects in North Idaho and Eastern Washington, including several churches. We’re happy to have them guide us through the next phase of the project.
The Sravasti Abbey Team includes abbess Ven. Thubten Chodron and Ven. Thubten Tarpa, who has overseen construction on most Abbey building projects, including Gotami House and Chenrezig Hall. Ven. Samten, who guided the building of Prajna Cottage, is especially concerned with acoustics in the main hall. Ven. Damcho is working on the altar design, and Ven. Semkye is involved with aesthetic decisions like choosing the lighting fixtures. They are supported by everyone in the resident community.
Project Update December 2020
Although the pandemic and related concerns have slowed the project down, the Abbey is still envisioning a new Buddha Hall in the not-too-distant future.
Vens. Chodron, Semkye and Samten met to decide the wall hangings, paintings, and so forth to put on the walls of the main hall, the Posadha Room, and the Tara Room of the Buddha Hall. With this information, the acousticians can design the acoustic panels to put in these rooms that will enable the teachings and chanting to be easily heard.
Vens. Tarpa, Semkye, and Samten are also working together with a lighting company to design the lights for the entire building. The team will continue planning and creating the causes for the Buddha Hall and we’ll keep you posted on our progress.
Project Update August 2020
The Abbey’s Buddha Hall team—Vens. Chodron, Tarpa, Semkye, Samten, and Damcho—are still working steadily.
The commercial contractor we chose needs every decision made before he bids the job out to his sub-contractors, so our team is going through the details of selecting lighting fixtures, carpeting, and sound diffusers, conduit, and so forth.
Meanwhile, the artists who will make the three statues for the main hall altar are continuing their work in France where they live. They may begin to make the two side statues in their workshop this summer. The central statue of the Buddha is so large that the artists may come to construct it on site at the Abbey.
The contractor will give us an accurate cost projection by the end of the year. He’s prepared to build any time with just a few months notice. Timing, of course, will depend on many things, including the situation of the pandemic and the Abbey having sufficient funds.
We will build as soon as the conditions are right, although we can’t predict when that will be. We are certain, however, that this project will be even more vital when the “Covid time” is behind us.
Thank you so much for your enthusiasm for building the Buddha Hall. Your gifts are welcomed—both your offerings of mantra recitation to sustain the project and financial offerings to build when it’s time.
Thanks for creating peace in a chaotic world!
Check back to follow project updates.
By your effort, may the Buddha Hall become the spiritual home of all sentient beings
and a refuge of love, compassion, and wisdom
to create peace in a chaotic world.
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