圖 書 館
The IIP&E is a new eastern campus to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Originally conceived in the 1980’s as a Lay Training Institute, it has since evolved into a Monastic Training Institute and multi-purpose educational facility capable of hosting world-wide gatherings for interfaith dialogue and study.
The IIP&E is dedicated to continuing a long-standing tradition of higher education that seeks to promote universal concepts of humaneness, respect for life, respect for the environment, and the betterment of humankind. As such, it will promote the study and understanding of ethical philosophies and practices of both Eastern and Western cultures.
The campus will consist of a maximum of 332,000 square feet of new buildings on 20 acres along with landscaping, infrastructure, and new roads. The proposed buildings are as follows, with the Assembly Hall, Dining Hall and South Dormitory constructed first:
Multi-Purpose Assembly Hall
This facility consists of a large multi-purpose building with flexible partitions that can accommodate a variety of classrooms and lecture halls. The facility is centered around a chapel area with five large Buddha statues. There are four smaller structures around the main building housing restrooms, mechanical rooms, and smaller classrooms. Two large chapels and meditation classrooms are on the sides of the forecourt. The total square footage is 71,000 square feet. One of the latest designs is in the background.
The Dining Hall accommodates a maximum capacity of 2800 people. It is also multi-purpose and can be subdivided in the future by movable partitions. Part of the building is a modern kitchen and part of it is a multi-purpose lecture area with a stage. The total area of the dining hall is 64,500 square feet.
The South Dormitory has four buildings. Two of the buildings are for faculty and visiting teachers and two are for students. The South Dormitory is located west of the Dining Hall and forms a western gateway to the complex. The total square footage of the four buildings is 33,000 square feet.
At approximately 28,200 square feet, the library is north of the Dining Hall. Besides collections on Buddhism and world religions, there will be classrooms and an area for rare books. Men’s and Women’s Reading Rooms are separate.
The Precept Hall is a one-story building of about 7,200 square feet. It is primarily for the taking of precepts, and includes a Precept Room and a Bowing Room.
The northern end of the site has housing for male and female monastic students. There is a total of 126,800 square feet.
Visitors may reach the main complex by way of a processional walk. The elderly or infirm will be shuttled to the Assembly Hall. Private cars will have to park at the western edge.
The buildings are being designed to combine Eastern and Western architectural styles. The Chinese tradition is reflected in the strict axial organization of the whole complex, with the main buildings centered on the axis. The curved roof forms, the partially enclosed forecourt in front of the Assembly Hall, and the series of outdoor courtyards — some also reflect Eastern landscaping. The Western architectural tradition is evident in the highly flexible space planning, the long span structural systems, the modern style dormitory housing, and the sustainable design strategies.
The whole complex is designed to be coherent and unified in its style and proportions. It is also designed to be in harmony with its natural surroundings and, in accordance with the County mandates, discrete in terms of visual impact to the neighbors.
The project sits on zoned agricultural land, but the current County Land Use Plan allows for an exemption for educational use. The day-to-day usage must be multi-functional and educational. The County of Mendocino further defined the usage of the Assembly Building to 800 people on a daily basis — 600 students and 200 teachers.
In May 2004, the County Planning Department determined that DRBA had made enough progress to have vested its Use Permit. All buildings must have at least started construction within the next eight years.