Here is a message on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Poolesville, Maryland.
If you have ever visited the Temple, attended a teaching, an empowerment, or a class at the Temple, if you have been deeply touched or healed by the Temple or value the Temple as a place of prayer, peace and refuge, please consider helping NOW. After almost 30 years of being open and available as a supreme place of Spiritual Refuge and Pilgrimage, as of March 1, 2013, Montgomery County has closed the Temple, effectively shutting the doors, until the building can meet compliance requirements with the current Montgomery County Building Use and Occupancy Code. This is an extremely urgent situation, and the Temple itself is at risk and may no longer be in existence if we cannot raise the funds to comply, as soon as possible. We are sending this urgent appeal to everyone.
How can you help?
Our goal is to begin the mandatory building renovations immediately, so that we can comply with the County Code, save the Temple and re-open our doors as soon as possible. This will require immediate funds. Our preliminary estimate is that it will take over $1,000,000 dollars to begin the massive interior upgrades to all systems, including drywall, electrical and plumbing work, and the installation of extensive sprinkler systems throughout the building, and much more.
To accomplish this as quickly as possible, we need YOUR help NOW. Please forward this email message to your friends, your family and your wider community and ask for their support and spread the word to raise the green love (aka money) and be a part of helping to bring the Temple up to code and re-open the doors. To make a monetary contribution NOW, to Save the Temple, please click on the donate button NOW.
Thanks to your past support, we have already secured the land on which the Temple and Peace Park reside. It is owned by us and can never be taken away. As such, the Grounds of Temple, the 65 Acre Peace Park and the amazing healing Stupas remain available and open to the Public.
24 Hour Prayer Vigil Continues and Peace Park and Stupas are Open to the Public
Additionally, the 24/7 Prayer Vigil will continue and we encourage you to continue to come to the Temple Grounds, partake in the peace & beauty of our walking trails, circumambulate the healing Stupas, make prayer requests and bring your friends and family to make offerings on behalf of all sentient beings.
Please remember this is your Temple and we are asking for YOUR help, so it can be here for generations to come. While a small community of monks, nuns and core lay sangha help to care for the Temple on a day-to-day basis, the beautiful Temple belongs to EVERYONE. The Temple is here to provide you, your community, your friends, your relatives and your loved ones a place of refuge, sanctuary, and untold blessings for generations to come. Its primary purpose is to be of benefit to all sentient beings, and without your help, it may no longer exist. To make a contribution and be a part of securing this precious Temple, please donate to our "SAVE the Temple" Fund by clicking on this donate button NOW.
We will continue to offer programs online, so please tune in for bi-weekly webcasts of our regular weekly dharma teachings online. Friday at 7p.m. EST and Sunday 11a.m. EST and New to Buddhism class at 1p.m. EST. You can view the webcasts here >>
We will be sending you, our community of supporters, regular email updates and progress reports. TO learn more about how you can contribute to "Save the Temple" please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-710-6259.
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