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Mountain Retreat For Sale: A Sacred Temple with a View

Authentically Consecrated in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition

Blessed Inside and Out with Sacred Representations; Flourishing, Well-Maintained Grounds; Pristine Views of Mt. Shasta

The Structure and Facilities

Situated adjacent to the magnificent 4000-plus square-foot home (with a separate double garage} on this peaceful, five-acre sanctuary at the base of the majestic Mt. Shasta, in Northern California, is a single-structure, 1500-square-foot Tibetan Buddhist meditation temple, built in 2002 and consecrated soon thereafter by Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche. A small, private individual retreat room, lama’s room, or prep room, with a private entrance, a kitchenette, and a bathroom with a shower adjoins the temple. The temple proper has a separate, single restroom and a coat and storage closet situated inside, for use by temple-goers and visitors.

An Environment of Splendor

Sacred Representations of Body, Speech, and Mind

A Life-Size, Gold-Leaf Manjushri

Inside the temple itself is a stunning, life-size, gold-leaf Manjushri statue seated on a vajra throne, all of which was completely created on site by the acclaimed Buddhist artist from Nepal, Sonam Tsering. 

Outstanding Thangkas

Many exquisite, sacred Tibetan paintings (thangkas), adorn the temple walls and serve as support for meditation practice.

An Extensive Library of Sacred Tibetan Texts and Commentaries (Pechas)

The temple—which fills with natural light that penetrates oversized windows offering stunning views of the mountain and the large outdoor stupas—is also home to numerous complete sets of traditional Tibetan Dharma texts and commentaries of the Nyingma Lineage, which represent the sacred speech of the Buddha. These pechas, as they are called in Tibetan, are carefully housed in custom-built cabinets adjacent to the main shrine. A mobile, traditional throne designed to accommodate high lamas is also situated inside the temple.

Two 17-Foot Stupas

The entire environment, indoors and out, is blessed with the predominant presence of two 17-foot stupas,which were authentically constructed on site and fully consecrated under the guidance of Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, who is particularly renowned in the world of Tibetan Buddhism for his knowledge and mastery with such undertakings.

One of these two large stupas, known as an “Enlightenment Stupa,” and built in 1998, is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche. The other large stupa, which is situated immediately adjacent to the Enlightenment Stupa, is known as a “Long Life Stupa.” It was erected in 2006 and dedicated to the feminine principal represented by Guru Rinpoche’s spiritual consort, Mandarava.

Numerous Small Stupas and Buddha Statues

Additionally, the entire landscape supports numerous small stupas as well as many full-sized, stone-carved Buddhist statues, from Indonesia, which are interspersed throughout. They include a seated Maitreya, a standing as well as a seated Quan Yin, a Tara, a Shakymuni Buddha, and myriad other consecrated statues. The property is also home to, a large, wooden-canopied prayer wheel from Nepal as well as streams of Tibetan prayer flags that disperse blessings throughout the area.

The Landscape

A Working Lavender Farm

The property also incorporates a full-fledged working lavender farm, with 2500 lavender plants supported by drip irrigation. Over many years, the owners of the property have continued to grow and harvest lavender and then distill the essential oil from the five varieties of the plant, including Lavandula Augustifolia, with the varieties Folgate, Sachet, Hidcote Superior, Melissa, and Spike, in addition to the French lavender known as Lavandula Intermedias Grosso.

A Wide Variety of Trees, Plants, Flowers, a Hops Field, and an Orchard

In addition to supporting a full array of colorful oaks, evergreens, and flower gardens, the property has a fenced orchard that contains a blueberry patch with twelve plants and a variety of fruit trees, including two cherry, two apple, two pear, two plum, and one peach tree. A hops field on the grounds supports nineteen plants of five varieties, including Cascade, Galena, Mt. Hood, Nugget, and Zeus.

A Place of Endless Blessings to Benefit All

The temple, house and grounds are imbued with the blessings of many high lamas who have visited and taught on site over the past sixteen years, ever since the present owners first acquired the land. The owners hold the humble yet vast intention that this sacred space will continue to flourish in the future, to the benefit of all.

The House

The Bed, Bath, and Other Rooms (Ground and Second Level)

The spacious, carefully maintained home has five bedrooms, including two master bedrooms, each with a walk-in closet. Situated on the second floor, the master rooms are adjoined with a master bath, a separate shower, and a spa-grade soaking tub positioned to offer a spectacular view of the mountain. Each master bedroom has a private balcony facing Mt Shasta. The house has two additional full bathrooms (one on the second level and one on the ground level) and an additional half-bath, or washroom (located just off the kitchen, on the ground level), to comfortably accommodate family, friends, and other guests.

The two master bedrooms and two additional, separate bedrooms are situated on the second level, and, for easy access, a fifth bedroom (which could also be used as a library and media room), and full bath are situated on the ground level. In addition to the four designated bedrooms, the second level also has a large separate room that can easily accommodate a home office. A laundry room with washer and dryer is located on that level as well.

In addition to the ground-level bedroom with a separate full bath and easy outside deck access, the main level features hardwood floors; a cozy great room with a stone fireplace and hearth; an adjoining dining area that can comfortably seat twelve; an adjacent sunroom; and, a full-size gourmet kitchen.

The Kitchen

The kitchen has a large center work island and wet bar; marble countertops; a six-burner Viking gas range; a separate double oven; a Bosch dishwasher; a closeted pantry; a breakfast nook; and, a mud room that offers easy access to the great room as well as to the washroom, the small kitchen foyer, and the side and main entryways.

The Exterior of the House

The exterior of the house incorporates spacious decks at the front and rear sides and a smaller deck on a third side. The walls of the house support numerous large windows on all sides that allow streams of direct as well as filtered sunlight to enhance the interior and reveal the spectacular views of the ever-changing display of seasons against the splendor of the mountain backdrop.

A Place of Endless Blessings to Benefit All

The temple, house and grounds are imbued with the blessings of many high lamas who have visited and taught on site over the past sixteen years, ever since the present owners first acquired the land. The owners hold the humble yet vast intention that this sacred space will continue to flourish in the future, to the benefit of all.

Price: $1,300,000