Together we’ll build the Buddha Hall
A spiritual home for all beings.

What’s the plan?

Buddha Hall will serve as a practice and teaching center for monastics and lay followers for hundreds of years.

The Buddha Hall will support daily meditation practices, teachings, retreats, pujas, memorials, sangha rituals, and special Dharma events.

Construction begins July 2022. The Abbey has sufficient funds to complete the Buddha Hall envelope, the exterior or shell of the building that repels the elements. With sufficient funds, we can continue construction without interruption and complete the building in 2023.

Total project cost is an estimated $6.7 million, and nearly half the funds have been raised.

Sravasti Abbey needs $3.5 million in gifts and loans to finish the project in 2023.

Read how you can help.

Project Design

Building and Environmental Issues

Faswall

The Buddha Hall will be built from Faswall, an attractive, long-lasting, green building material made of insulated wood chip and cement blocks. Faswall makes a sturdy structure that is both fire and pest-resistant. Two previous Abbey buildings—Chenrezig Hall and Prajna Cottage—are Faswall buildings.

Geothermal Heating & Cooling

The Buddha Hall climate will be managed with a geothermal system, which takes advantage of the natural constant temperature of the earth, which leads to higher efficiency and lower energy use. Both Chenrezig Hall and Gotami House use geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Infrastructure

Because we are in a rural area, building also includes bringing in the necessary infrastructure: power, water, septic, and road improvement are all included in the constructions plans.

Metta Cabin

In conjunction with the Buddha Hall, Young Construction will also build Metta Cabin, a one-bedroom cabin for our second resident teacher, Venerable Sangye Khadro. Metta Cabin is privately funded and will be owned by Sravasti Abbey.

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Function & Benefits

The Buddha Hall will:

  • Contain Sravasti Abbey’s teachings, daily meditation practices, regular sangha rites, chanting rituals, retreats, pujas, ordinations, memorials, and special Dharma events.
  • Create ample space for practitioners and visitors to hear teachings, to practice cultivating love, compassion, and wisdom, and to integrate these qualities into their lives.
  • Greatly improve the quality of streamed and video recorded teachings to share on YouTube and other platforms.
  • House an extensive library of precious Buddhist texts in English, Tibetan, and Chinese, together with facilities for study, translation, and teachings to enhance sangha education.

Building Team

Tim Wilson of Momentum Architecture, designer for the Abbey’s Gotami House nuns’ residence and Chenrezig Hall, has designed a building that complements the existing structures and landscape.

John Young Construction is a commercial contractor with decades of experience building in the Pacific Northwest. John has a professional team that takes pride in making their clients’ goals and needs as their top priority.
Scott Pfeiffer at Threshold Acoustics will ensure that you can hear every word of Dharma spoken in the main hall. Threshold is also designing the audio-visual systems for streaming, Zoom-ing, or recording teachings and discussions.
Peter Griffin is creating the the custom Buddha statues for the main hall altar. See more here.
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.

Funding Plan

Since our founding in 2003, Sravasti Abbey has offered the Dharma without charge. Courses, retreats, books, food and lodging are freely offered. In turn, support for the community, programs, and capital projects has come through the kindness, generosity, and merit of countless living beings.

We know that people support Sravasti Abbey’s values and mission, and will join us in constructing the Buddha Hall.

Throughout 2022 and 2023, the Abbey will invite gifts, personal loans, and prayers to raise the remaining necessary funds.

The $300,000 Ground-breaking Challenge paves the way for the next wave of support. See How Can I Help? to learn how to join in.

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More Buddha Hall Info

What is the Buddha Hall?

Long-awaited temple and library

Can I help?

Many ways to give

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Sravasti Abbey

692 Country Lane
Newport WA 99156 USA
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509-447-5549