Sukhavati is the pure land of Amitābha Buddha. It’s also the name of a rugged meadow with a beautiful view on the Abbey property where people can spread their dear ones’ cremation ashes.

Prayer flags mark the entrance and a small Buddha statue presides over the area. Dharma friend Ken noticed that the statue was getting battered by the elements—wind, snow, ice, and hot summer sun.

Ken proposed to restore the Buddha and recruited the painting skills of his wife, Juliet. She refinished the surface and adorned the Buddha with beautiful colors to give him a proper splendor.

The Buddha will reside safely indoors through the winter. In spring, the Abbey community will build a small Buddha house at Sukhavati to preserve and protect it from the weather. Thank you Ken and Juliet for your support!