Retreat Center Dining Hall (Canteen)
at Natural Bridge, Virginia
Retreat Center Dining and Community Facility Fundraising Information
The 14th Shamar Rinpoche established a retreat center at Bodhi Path Natural Bridge. Rinpoche saw a need to provide facilities for students and teachers to practice his Lojong teachings.
Of course, facilities will be built in stages, but Rinpoche's plans provide for a dining hall/canteen, a bath house, camping and rustic residential facilities, residential cabins, dormitories, a larger meditation hall and a 35 Buddhas stupa. The first stage needed to implement any program is a dining facility. Then, residential facilities will follow.
The dining hall will have a commercial kitchen, inside dining facilities, an outside terrace for additional diners, restrooms, and an office/administrative center. When this dining hall is complete, along with the existing residential facilities and the existing meditation hall, Bodhi Path Natural Bridge will be able to institute an ongoing retreat program. Also, this facility will anchor larger programs that can currently be held in spacious tents on the enlarged flat area near the dining hall site.
Our proposed dining facility/administrative center will be about 2,500 sq. ft. of enclosed space distributed over two levels. Including required site improvements, the dining hall project is expected to have a budget of about $500,000.
Wisdom Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made online (see above) or by check. Checks should be made to Wisdom Foundation, and mailed to 12 Bodhi Path, Natural Bridge, VA 24578. Please write "Dining Hall" on the memo line for all checks to be designated for the dining hall construction project.
Thank you for your generosity!