Blessing planned for new stupa on South Whidbey

A blessing ceremony for a newly completed holy Buddhist stupa monument and Tibetan prayer wheels at Earth Sanctuary will be held early next month at the nature preserve and retreat center near Langley.

The public is invited to the ceremony, planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at 5536 Emil Road. The ceremony will be held outside rain or shine; attendees should bring a cushion or something to sit on.

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.

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.

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