Help Us Build The First Permanent Vipassana Center In The Philippines
After a 10 year search, Dhamma Phala, the Vipassana Philippines centre, has found its final destination.
As you may have heard, we built a temporary centre in a mango grove belonging to an old student. She kindly let us stay there because renting retreat centres are very expensive in the Philippines and so it made financial sense to build a temporary centre. But now we have to leave and we found a 3 ha place in Tiaong, a 2.5 hour drive south of Manila in Quezon province. The place was designed as a clinic so it already contains 2 large Nipa houses (local building style) with 4 rooms and attached bathrooms, a solid house and a water tower. Water and electricity connections are already there. Plenty of coconut and other fruit bearing trees give a pleasant climate and shade. It is situated above the surrounding land, with a wide circle of hills in the distance. Mt Banahaw, a local 'holy' mountain, is close by. By moving some of the prefab buildings that we have to the existing site and re-erecting them over there, it would take only a few months before we could start 10 day courses in the new location.
At 6 mil. PHP (approximately 135,000 USD) it is a very good deal, the best we found in the last 10 years of searching, even though land prices have been steadily rising. The payment consists of giving half the sum right away, and the rest by postdated cheques over an 18 month period.
We had to give 500,000 PHP (approximately 11,000 USD) as ‘earnest money’ since other buyers may be interested, which we will lose if we cannot come up with enough money to pay for the entire price.
We cannot make it without some help from Dhamma brothers and sisters.
This is an outreach message. It is a great opportunity for you to participate in this endeavor. There are several ways to help:
- With dana in the form of a lump sum or a loan.
- With dana in the form of a commitment to contribute a certain amount regularly for the quarterly payments.
The cost of moving the temporary buildings, electricity and plumbing, is not included.