In August, 1975, the Venerable Master accepted an invitation to hold a Buddha Recitation Session on a small farm in Oregon about 20 miles from the coastal town of Reedsport. Now, 25 years later, DRBA has developed a meditation retreat facility on property adjacent to that farm.
Not long after that original cultivation session, Upasikas Fang Guo Wu and Helen Woo purchased ninety-eight acres of property bordering on "Buddha Root Farm." Helen donated her half of the purchase and DRBA purchased the other half. Later DRBA purchased more and altogether now there are approximately 400 acres. In the early 1990's, the Master authorized Heng Shou to go and prepare that land for the development of a Way-place. Subsequently, a bridge was built across the river, a road was built up onto Turtle Mountain, and the Master authorized purchase of even more nearby land.
The topography of the meditation retreat land is remarkable in its resemblance to a turtle. The Master reportedly affirmed that there is in fact a turtle spirit that occupies that land. In instructional talks, the Venerable Master stated that he wished to develop meditation facilities at Turtle Mountain that would eventually be adequate to accommodate 100 people meditating for up to seven consecutive weeks.
The DRBA facilities at Turtle Mountain are set in the midst of a lovely and quiet environment on auspiciously-situated land and are adequate to accommodate medium-scale in-house meditation sessions attended by 40 or more meditators.
The place is not fully developed yet and a development plan is in process. The cooking and residence facilities at Turtle Mountain are limited to two 4-person travel trailers and a two-bedroom single-wide mobile home (space enough for 14 meditators). DRBA has already developed an adjacent 20-space campground for more short-term residential travel trailer parking. Thus, residence capacity for meditation sessions can be rapidly expanded whenever increasing interest on the part of DRBA monastic and lay communities warrants it. There is always lots of work to be done at Turtle Mountain for disciples interested in meditating on the one hand and contributing volunteer effort on the other. Volunteers should consult with DRBA staff at their local Way-place to obtain their assistance in coordinating their time at Turtle Mountain with the project manager, Heng Shou Shr.