Kunzang Palyul Choling's Wildlife Refuge

The following article is from the Winter, 1990 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

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Work in progress.

The sangha of Kunzang Palyul Choling, a Buddhist center for study and meditation in the Nyingma tradition, invite you to share in a very special vision. We have begun to create a 65-acre wildlife refuge, inspired by descriptions of the pure land of Amitabha, the Buddha of Limitless Light.

We are developing a wildlife refuge with guidance from the State of Maryland and a local conservation organization. It will be a safe haven for the many animals who in the surrounding countryside are being hunted and killed. Feed lots, specially prepared grounds and a large pond will draw upland animals and many varieties of waterfowl. Release pens and rehabilitation enclosures will provide shelter for wounded or harmed animals so they can be released back into the wild. Quiet paths will lead to secluded meditation and stupa gardens, where you are welcomed by the gentle sounds of wind chimes and images of the Buddha. Central to the land and resting on a ridge above meditation garden will be a statue of Amitabha Buddha, 75 feet tall. In the future, a small portion of this land will be home to a temple, a school for children, a monastery, a retreat center, and a hospice.

If this sounds like something you would like to participate in, please join us in creating this place of refuge for now and future generations. Your financial contribution will allow us to go forward with pond construction, small bridge construction, tree plantings, animal rehabilitation programs and the many activities required to realize our wildlife management plan. Your ideas and comments are also welcome and all contributions are greatly appreciated.

Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo and the sangha of Kunzang Palyul Choling warmly welcome you to visit our center and the refuge anytime. Bring your walking shoes!

Contact: Kunzang Palyul Choling, Wildlife Refuge, 18400 River Road, Poolesville, Maryland 20837. Tel.301-428-8116.

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