Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Ven. Yarpel outside Heruka Pure Land Retreat Cabin.

Out of control wildfires ravaged many parts of the United States’ Pacific Northwest during the Summer of 2015. Several fires occurred in Okanogan County, Washington, where Buddha Amitabha Pure Land (BAPL) is located. Among the damage done, a retreat cabin on BAPL land was partly destroyed, making it unusable. In addition, all of the contents of the kitchen, bathroom, and sitting area were destroyed.

We are very happy to report that the retreat cabin has now been fully rebuilt. Parts of the cabin that were not destroyed were utilized in the rebuild, contents of the previous cabin were replaced, burnt trees cleared, and repairs were made to the deer fence.

The new cabin is now 561 square feet with 433 square feet of living space. The new building was designed, partly built, and fully supervised by Ven. Yarpel (who is a retired builder and also long-term retreatant).

With the new building some essential upgrades were added, such as bringing a larger water storage tank up to the cabin (the previous one required pumping each day) and also joining the kitchen and bathroom to the existing cabin. Before there were separate buildings and this meant that a retreatant would have to go out in the snow to use the kitchen and bathroom. These upgrades have made the retreat cabin safer and more useful.

The finished cabin is 561 square feet with 433 square feet of living space.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche recently visited the cabin and was very happy with the additions, blessed the new retreat cabin, and gave it the name: Heruka Pure Land Retreat Cabin.

It has been the ongoing wish of Lama Zopa Rinpoche for retreat places to be established around the world where senior Sangha and longtime senior students of the FPMT can live in retreat or retirement. In order for this wish to become a reality in the United States, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the FPMT have made available a great majority of the land at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land for the purpose of establishing such a place. 

The Practice and Retreat Fund provides grants and sponsorships for students engaged in retreats such as 108 nyung nä retreats, 100 million mani retreats, recitations of sutras and long term retreat.