Many, many thanks to all our generous donors towards the new Tara Cabin. We reached our fundraising target of £20,000 and we were able to complete the Cabin earlier this year with a dedication ceremony in February 2017. We hope that many of you have been able to visit Taraloka and practice within and enjoy this new sacred space.
Here’s an extract from our blog from earlier this year with some history around the building of the cabin....
The original Tara Cabin was opened and dedicated by Bhante in 2007. It was well used and much loved, but unfortunately the foundations sank. It was unrepairable, so the decision was made to burn it down – there was nothing else that could be done with it.
The new Tara Cabin is therefore somewhat like a phoenix: it has arisen from the ashes of the old Cabin, and perhaps too from other ashes – from Mokshapushpa's.
Mokshapushpa was a long-standing lover and supporter of Taraloka. She was a keen gardener, and her work shows itself everywhere in the landscape. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2014, and in August 2014 she was ordained here in the grounds with Suchitta as her private preceptor. Eight weeks later she died, but in her will she left Taraloka a substantial bequest of £21,000.That's what made it seem possible that we might once again build a Tara Cabin: this time, one that wouldn't sink.
In 2016 we began to fundraise for the remainder of the money, and received a very warm and generous response from women who felt a connection both with Taraloka and with the creation of a new Tara Cabin. In total 250 women generously gave another £19,550 between them, with donations ranging in size from £10 to £3,000.
Craig is one of the best tradesmen we've ever come across, and over the years he has done a huge amount of work at Taraloka. He's exceptionally hard-working, very reliable and friendly, and has a huge amount of skill, combined with very high standards. He was the ideal person to build the new cabin, and has thrown himself into the project. The timber building construction, fitting of oiled hardwood doors and windows, and cladding of the outside with waney-edged sweet chestnut was all done with a tremendous amount of care. A great deal of attention has been paid to insulation, to lighting, and to the quality of materials used. Most of all, the foundations are extremely robust – this cabin will not be sinking!
In February 2017 we dedicated this sacred space to Tara; to her qualities of compassionate action, to fearlessness, and to the depth and mystery symbolised by her dark green colour. We evoked Kadhiravani Tara – Tara of the forests and groves. The Cabin stands next to young woods that Maitrisiddhi and volunteers have been planting over the last seven years. It stands therefore at the edge of wilderness; the edge of the unknown; in that liminal space where we can choose to go beyond what limits and confines us into something much vaster. We also dedicated the Tara Cabin to the benefit of all beings: it is built from love and generosity. So when you next come to Taraloka, please visit Tara's cabin. Please feel free to sit quietly there, to meditate there, to enjoy the silence, the view of the woods, and allow yourself to be touched by the presence of Tara – the quintessence of Compassion.