What We’ve Have Accomplished So Far

2020

  • Repaired dry rot and replaced old roof over library, office, garage and shrine room
  • Build one well insulated kuti ~ finished by end of the year
  • Installed 18 solar panels
  • Installed new hybrid-electric water heater
  • Installed waterlines with a spigot at each yurt, at the new kuti and two additional spigots close to the house
  • Regraded driveway

 

2019

  • Painted & upgraded the dorm
  • Installed mini split in steward’s room & loft for efficient heating & cooling
  • Installed 2 passive solar hot water heating tanks
  • Installed insulating blinds & floor covering in steward’s room
  • New Aloka Vihara sign at the entrance
  • Constructed fire wall in the garage
  • Finished hallway outside the office
  • Replaced chimney for increased fuel efficiency
  • Made road into our forest
  • Woodland fuel mitigation ~ great progress made, ongoing project

2018

  • Upgraded steward’s room
  • Removed exterior concrete slab in back of the house
  • Moved trailer to a more suitable location on the land
  • Installed vents in roof of house to aid cooling in the summer
  • Installed vents & attic fan in guest building to aid cooling
  • Landscaped back of the house
  • Researched converting the house to solar
  • Built woodshed
  • Built carport over trailer for weather protection
  • Installed mini-split in dorm for energy efficient heating & cooling

2017

  • Converted the master bedroom & sun-room into four private bedrooms to accommodate growing number of nuns
  • Installed low flush toilet & two sinks in existing nuns’ bathroom
  • Converted a storage closet to half-bath for women guests & residents
  • Brought existing house up to code.

2016

  • Provided AC in our guest dorm and upgraded heating/cooling in meditation room & office
  • Repaired & improved drainage systems around the house
  • Set up a second yurt for nuns’ meditation & seclusion
  • Expanded the septic system to support the growing community and the addition of extra bedrooms and a half-bath.

2015

  • Created meditation room that is soundproofed from the noisy kitchen
  • Replaced window with new backdoor providing much easier access to house & bathroom for guests
  • Set up one yurt and a tent platform for nuns’ meditation & seclusion
  • Set up one large trailer as accommodation for male or transgender guests
  • Remodeled our office from dark & dingy to light-filled & inviting.
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