In the late 90s, a group of Buddhist teachers and practitioners began talking about the need for a new meditation center in Oakland, California.
For almost fifty years, from 1936 until 1983, a twenty-six-acre plot of land in Portland, Oregon, was used as a gravel pit and construction landfill.
As aid worker Kayla Mueller is mourned around the world, the Tibetans with whom she volunteered are offering prayers and condolences. Mueller, a 26-year-old American, was abducted in Syria in 2013 by Islamic State militants, and held hostage for eighteen months. Her death was confirmed this week. A committed Christian, Mueller was also deeply influenced by Buddhist teachings.