A gift of land for future generations
Local Buddhist nun donates 100 wilderness acres in act of environmental stewardship
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...