Hi, my name is Chris Haydon and I am taking on the challenge of a 300 or so mile walk from my home in Torpoint, Cornwall to a place in North Wales called Craig-yr-Aderyn or Birds Rock.
300 miles equals 100 leagues in old units, or about 100 hours of actual walking time. It also represents a distance of 555 Km.
The project I ask you to support, should you wish to sponsor me, is to raise the cost of buying and setting up the Drala Jong retreat centre. The target to raise is £500,000 and currently about a third of this amount has been achieved.
There are, and have been, many attempts to translate the complex rituals and practices of vajrayana Buddhism into a form that is more congruent with modern western society. Some have been more successful than others. Aro is fairly unique in that it is a relatively small lineage which emphasises traditional teachings that work well in a modern context and which furthermore seeks to ensure that these precious teachings can survive in a modern world. In order to achieve this there is a need to establish a physical base for disseminating these teachings, arts, and crafting skills and preserve the artifacts associated with them. A place that will help establish and develop this tradition in the UK.