Buddhists Plan Retreat in Area

May 1, 2007


Source: The Gainsville Sun


GAINESVILLE - Several years ago, one of the highest-ranking Tibetan Buddhists in the world envisioned a retreat, monastery and teaching and meditation center close to Gainesville.

After several years of fundraising and a $1.275 million land purchase on Lake Santa Fe, the 17th Karmapa's vision is well on its way to becoming a reality.

Some Gainesville Tibetan Buddhists have plans to build a part-time residence, a monastery and a Tibetan cultural center for His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, who some believe to be the second-ranking Buddhist to the Dalai Lama. The site is a 143-acre waterfront lot on Lake Santa Fe, off County Road 1469 near Earleton.

The Alachua County Buddhists who have led fundraising efforts for the project said when the Florida Tibetan Buddhist Center is built within the next several years, it will draw Tibetan Buddhists from throughout the world.