Kagyu Sukha Chöling (KSC), a Tibetan Buddhist center in Ashland, Oregon, offers programs to the community, including a variety of meditations with instruction, classes on a range of Buddhist topics, on-site and isolated retreats, a lending library, and individualized pastoral counseling.
Two American resident teachers, Lama Pema Clark and Lama Yeshe Parke, present the timeless teachings of the Buddha in an accessible way. The center is dedicated to the cultivation of inner peace, compassion, and insight. Everyone is welcome to enter its doors.
KSC’s newly-built meditation center opened in June, 2010. The Sangha (community), the board and lamas, and the design team were committed to creating a green and sustainable structure which would unite traditional Tibetan stylistic elements with building materials easily available in the Pacific Northwest.
The philosophy of sustainability was embodied in these ways:
Architecture ~ The building is centrally located in town, with a design and size appropriate to the site and the surrounding community. The natural slope of the property was utilized to provide earth shelter for the ground floor.
Community connection ~ Local architects, designers, contractors, suppliers, laborers and volunteers built the center, and volunteers maintain it.
Relationship to nature ~ Natural light is available on all floors and natural airflow regulates the temperature of the space with the aid of whole-house fans. The property is landscaped with regionally adapted plants for low water-use, and is designed to blend with the adjacent protected wetlands.
Responsible energy use ~ Designed for low energy consumption, the building utilizes high levels of insulation, building mass, shading and appropriate window orientation to reduce energy needs for heating and cooling.
Systems efficiency ~ Passive heating and cooling methods are featured, which rely upon the occupants to modulate systems.
Walls and roof ~ Steel beams and integrated concrete forms made with recycled materials; wall treatments of natural earth plaster or no-VOC paints; formaldehyde-free insulation; light-colored metal roof to reflect heat.
Windows ~ Wood frames with R 3.3 value, using low E-3 366 glass to let light in and keep heat out.
Lumber ~ Wood products principally from locally grown and sustainably harvested trees, amended by lumber from FSC-certified sources.
Floors and heating ~ Concrete floors with efficient hydronic heating systems and heat recovery ventilators.
Ventilation and cooling ~ Whole-building air movement utilizing fans, shading and window adjustments.
Electricity conservation ~ 100% Energy Star appliances; Energy Star fluorescent and LED light fixtures.
Water conservation ~ Low-flow fixtures; rainwater diversion for landscaping, highly efficient water heater and recirculation pumps for faucet use.
Designer: Michaeldavid Uri, Lucid Designs ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Architect: Carlos Delgado ~ www.carlosdelgadoarchitect.com
Consulting Architect: Joyce Ward, Architect ~ Ashland, Oregon
Landscape Architect: Laurie Sager ~ www.lauriesager.com
Contractor: John Fields ~ www.golden-fields.net
Volunteer Coordinator: Clay Colley, Clay Colley Builder, Inc.
Ashland Daily Tidings, June 17, 2010: Spiritual Awakening: Buddhist temple opens
Northwest Dharma News, Summer 2010, Volume 23: Inner and Outer Beauty at Kagyu Sukha Chöling
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