SOURCE: Earth Sanctuary

Earth Sanctuary

September 26, 2011 11:00 ET

New Buddhist Stupa to Be Blessed at Earth Sanctuary, Whidbey

WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA--(Marketwire - Sep 26, 2011) - 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.

Earth Sanctuary is a nature reserve and retreat center located South of Freeland, Wash. on Whidbey Island. Earth Sanctuary features a number of megalithic monuments and sacred spaces designed for meditation and prayer. These sites bring together ancient art forms, a profound connection with nature, and diverse global spiritual traditions. Earth Sanctuary is open to visitors every day of the year during daylight hours ($7/visitor fee). See the Earth Sanctuary web site for directions to the stupa parking lot. Earth Sanctuary's three ponds are recognized as a habitat of importance by both Audubon and Island County. Chuck Pettis can be reached at 360-331-6667 or at

Note to Editors: We invite you to attend the ceremony. Please contact Chuck Pettis if you have any special requests. A FAQ and flyer with details of the stupa are available on request.

Directions to the stupa: Once on Whidbey Island from the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry, drive north on the main highway, Route 525, for approximately 7.5 miles. Turn right 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.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Chuck Pettis
    206-930-2623 (cell)
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