Dhamma Pakasa Center Expansion Announcement
At the December Trust meeting for Dhamma Pakasa, the Board of Trustees approved a phase one plan for center expansion. This approval culminates a year’s worth of discussions, research and planning and is a major step forward for Dhamma Pakasa.
A little over a year ago the Master Planning Committee took on the task to develop a Master plan for the expansion of Dhamma Pakasa. During this period there were considerable discussions and several proposals put forth to the Board of Trustees for approval. The plan approved by the Trustees, is to expand Dhamma Pakasa to accommodate a total capacity 150 students/servers, up from the current capacity of 50 students/servers. Included in this expansion is a new Dhamma Hall and Pagoda, several new Dormitories, a conversion of the existing dormitory into a combination Dining Hall, Kitchen and Server Dormitory, conversion of the existing Dhamma Hall into a combination of center manager residences and long term server quarters, a conversion of the existing Dining Hall and Kitchen into office and meeting space, and necessary infrastructure additions and upgrades.
The expansion will be done in phases over several years and design of necessary infrastructure upgrades will start in early 2015, with construction of these upgrades to follow after the necessary permits are obtained.
After sufficient Dana has been raised, infrastructure upgrades needed to support all future construction will be started and the phase one expansion will officially start. The first phase plan includes a new Dhamma Hall with a capacity of at least 80 students and 40 individual meditation cells, and residences for Assistant Teachers. Also included will be a new Dormitory, expansion of the present Dining Hall and Kitchen, and conversion of the present Dhamma Hall. All of this will allow Dhamma Pakasa to take its place among major regional centers supporting students in a deeper practice of Vipassana on 10-day and longer courses.
The first phase for Dhamma Pakasa expansion is estimated to cost $2.2 million dollars, and the final cost for the total expansion of the center is estimated at $6.0 million. Due to the Center’s present debt structure, funding for the expansion will have to come primarily from Dana and long-term interest free loans.
Check in regularly to the Dhamma Pakasa website for updates on the center expansion as we embark on this new endeavor.
December 18, 2014