A gift of land for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions

Lo­cal Bud­dhist nun do­nates 100 wilder­ness acres in act of en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship

The Victoria Standard - - Front Page - JEN­NIFER RI­P­LEY

Bud­dhist nun Mary Jane Ben­nett (or­dained name “Jangchub”, mean­ing Lov­ing Kind­ness) has do­nated 100 acres of wilder­ness land on Big Crook Cut Off to the newly formed non-profit, Karma Samadhi Ling.

Jangchub pur­chased the land in 2001 just op­po­site Rear Big Hill Road with the in­ten­tion of of­fer­ing it to the Karma Kagyu lin­eage of Ti­betan Bud­dhism to which she be­longs.

"I don't have any chil­dren, broth­ers or sis­ters, or any­body. At my age, you're al­ways look­ing to the fu­ture so I al­ways wanted it to be for (the Karma Kagyu)."

She orig­i­nally of­fered the land to His Ho­li­ness, the 17th Gyal­wang Karmapa, Ogyen Trin­ley Dorje. The Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu lin­eage of Ti­betan Bud­dhism as rec­og­nized by His Ho­li­ness, the 14th Dali Lama. He ac­cepted in 2014, but fol­low­ing much dis­cus­sion, de­cided it was best to form a non­profit to care for the land.

Jangchub has al­ways been drawn to the land. She joined the Bud­dhist faith in 1972 while home­steading in the Yukon and was or­dained five years ago.

Three years ago, Jangchub bought a small cabin in Cape Bre­ton.

"I want(ed) to go some­where where peo­ple are gen­tle and kind. That was my thinking and that's what brought me here".

The land will be home to a med­i­ta­tion cabin and fea­ture off-grid tech­nol­ogy as well as per­ma­cul­ture to pro­mote en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity and re­spon­si­bil­ity.

"Where will we be in 500 years? Land is some­thing sa­cred and use­ful, par­tic­u­larly wilder­ness land,” says Jangchub.

Khenpo Karma Tenky­ong (left), res­i­dent teacher and Pres­i­dent of the Karma Triyana Dhar­ma­chakra (KTD) in Wood­stock, New York, is seen June 5 in Big Hill, near Baddeck. The spir­i­tual teacher and North Amer­i­can rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Karma Kagyu lin­eage of...

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