GUHYALOKA

Guhyaloka was discovered in the mid-80s by Dolf in’t Velt, a friend of Subhuti’s living in the area. Following three eagles flying high above a track, he was led along a passage through the mountains.

This passage opened out into what we now know as the ‘Secret Valley’.

Guhyaloka was founded to host

men’s ordination courses, and as a

place of retreat for Urgyen

Sangharakshita. The first ordinations

took place on 7th September 1987

when Bhante ordained 16 men.

SINCE THEN,

almost 600 men have been ordained in the valley. Hopefully this is just the beginning.

FACING

MAJOR CHALLENGES

Guhyaloka is struggling to fulfil its original vision as a
place of ordination, and is no longer fully fit for purpose.

THERE ARE 3 MAIN ISSUES

INSUFFICIENT
CAPACITY

There’s not enough space in the shrine room, kitchen/dining room and accommodation blocks for an increasing number of Private Preceptors and Ordinands.

A need for repair and renovation

Due to weather erosion some buildings are liable to flooding and in danger of collapse.

Environmental inefficiency

Greater water and solar harvesting is becoming essential to meet the challenges of climate change.

BUILDING

FOR THE AGES

To secure Guhyaloka’s future as a place of ordination for generations to come, there will be:

• A new shrine room and a new kitchen/dining area, both with simple, elegant designs, in secluded locations away from the road and making the most of the beautiful views of the valley.

• Conversions of the old shrine room and kitchen/dining area into accommodation blocks and meeting spaces.

Repairs to the yeso huts to make them weather-proof.

New water tanks and solar panels to harvest natural resources.

These upgrades will also equip Guhyaloka to expand its activities and offer intensive meditation retreats led by senior Order members at different times of the year.

THE HANDS OF

AVALOKITESHVARA

Can you be a part of making Guhyaloka a place of ordination For the Ages?

We need to raise £850,000

“I brought Bhante up to see the valley, after looking at a few other places. We stood absorbed, on the spot where the Dhardo Stupa now stands, in a ringing silence. Without a word spoken, it was clear that this was to be our Secret World.

Guhyaloka was Bhante’s 60th birthday present from the Order, and most of us gave towards its purchase. Bhante loved it greatly, and he would certainly have wished for it to thrive far into the future.”

SUBHUTI


“Far from the roar of traffic
Far from the frantic crowd,
I feel my soul expanded
With dreams not disallowed.”

BHANTE

‘Guhyaloka, July 1998’

FOR MORE

INFORMATION

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