Exciting Times for The Pure Land of the Indestructible Buddha, Inc. Posted 24 Jan 2019
Dear Friend of The Pure Land,
I hope that, in amongst the busy-ness of this time of year, that you find this news item!
My sincere thanks to you for your ongoing support. It means a lot to us to know that you are interested in this project to create a peaceful and virtuous place where one can focus on the spiritual and emotional aspects during the last weeks of life.
As you will see from the report below, we have had a very good year and achieved some important milestones.
There are of course more hurdles to jump and at the bottom of the report are listed some areas where we need specific help.
Please keep an eye out for announcements on the training courses we plan to run in 2019, in preparation for the opening of the facility in 2020.
Len Warren, Chairperson, The Pure Land of the Indestructible Buddha, Incorporated.
Report on 2018:
The Pure Land became an independent Study Group of the international organization, FPMT, which has 160 Centres, Study Groups and Projects around the world. The Pure Land is now a separate entity from its parent, Hayagriva Buddhist Centre. We are grateful for Hayagriva’s support in this process.
Anita and Len, representing The Pure Land, met with the Spiritual Director of the FPMT, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, in Bendigo. Rinpoche’s positive response gave us great encouragement. We felt blessed!
A private home was kindly offered as a possible site for the three-year Pilot Trial. It proved to be highly suitable. However, its availability from 2020 (when we plan to start operating) can not be assured at this stage. We may need to search for an alternative.
The Harp Concert, with harpist Shamarra de Tissera, was a huge success. Awareness of The Pure Land was extended to new people and places. We raised $3700. Also in July, the draft Constitution was adopted at a Special General Meeting of The Pure Land.
On 16 August, The Pure Land of the Indestructible Buddha Inc. was approved as an Incorporated Association in the State of WA. The Constitution was accepted without change. The Pure Land is now an independent legal entity.
The Pure Land received an Australian Business Number and a Tax File Number and opened a new bank account with Bendigo Bank.
From a presentation at the Dhammaloka Centre during the Rains Retreat, The Pure Land gained new ‘Friends of the Pure Land’ and a new Member. A video of the event was posted on the BSWA website. Also in November, plans to run basic training courses in 2019 for Pure Land volunteers were adopted.
Areas Where The Pure Land Needs Help
- Brand and logo
- Design and use of social media and website
- Fund raising
- Public relations and marketing in general
Also, The Pure Land Committee is seeking another committee member (currently we have six members)