||In 1995, members of
MSU Pureland Buddhist Association decided to form a more permanent
organization, and to seek a permanent study place. The Lansing
Buddhist Association was found in the same year.
Finally, in May
2000, an opportunity arise to joining the DhammaSala Forest Monastery
purchasing thirty some acres of country land with large forest area.
Members of the association approved to purchase five acres of the total 32
acres of proposed site. The purchase was finalized in June
2000. The funding for the land purchase was from member
contributions, and loan from some members.
retreat center of Lansing Buddhist Association, the Amitabha Village, will
be build on this five acres of beautiful land near Perry, Michigan.
The site was chosen for its peacefulness that is suitable for Buddhist
cultivation or simply relaxation.
In March 2001, the
association received IRS's recognition as a tax exempted non-profit
organization described in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue
Service code; therefore, contributions to the association can be applied
to federal tax exemption.
Current, the association occupies a 1200
sq. ft facility on DhammaSala's land. The facility includes a large main
hall for weekly group practices and a small dormitory/office area.
There are regular activities every Saturday and Sunday, and both Chinese
and English speaker are welcome.
Directions to Amitabha Village
14780 Beardslee Road,
Perry, Michigan 48872
From I-96, it
is about 7 miles north of Williamston (exit 117) following Williamston
Road north at the end of which becomes Beardslee Road.
From East Lansing, follow Haslett Road east to Williamston Road
north and then Beardslee Road. From I-69, use Perry exit (M52 South to Alt. I-69 west, and
then turn left to Beardslee Road.
Village and the DhammaSala Forest Monastery are locatd on the thirty some
acres of land encompassing forests, pounds, small streams, gardens and
prairie that paints a beautiful and tranquil nature picture.
You are welcome to the village to join our practice, relax your
body and mind, picnic and camp, or just to enjoy the nature beauty.
Lina Wu & Chungwen Chen
Lisa & Peter Kong
Nacy & James Jean
make check payable to Lansing Buddhist Association (LBA), and mail to 2001
Valley Brook Drive, Okemos, Michigan 48864.