As of 2019, original plan of construction of the retreat center has changed a little bit as Khenpo Karma Wangyel saw that it will take too long time to obtain necessary funds to start building works. As of autumn 2019, the construction works are divided into two stages. On the first stage, small retreat houses with the surface of around 20m2 will be built. Also a kitchen including a maintenance room. As of September 2020, it has become clear that works cannot be continued without the road.
During second stage, a temple will be built.
An estimated cost of one retreat house is around 10 000 euros. To that amount the connection with electricity, installing of the heating system and water connection (there will be a small kitchen, a toilet and a bathroom in the house) should be added (detailed calculations are available here).
Construction works started in autumn 2018.
List of works:
- Electricity (completed in February 2019, cost: 4,000 Euros)
- Small retreat houses (initial number is 4), exact location is determined, a project of the house is done (in January 2020).
- September 2020: foundation works almost finished. Problems due to lack of the road (no access for heavy vehicles).
On the photo below, you can see the shape and precise location of the retreat center’s land. More information is found here. Look for “Läänetaeva” – the name of the land in the Estonian Land Cadastre (only names in Estonian are allowed in the cadastre. “Läänetaeva” means ‘Western Sky’ – so it refers to the direction of Amitabha’s pure land Sukhavati. Guru Rinpoche is a nirmanakaya emanation of Amitabha.