Overview

We are pleased to let you know that we received the Conditional Use Permit from the City of West Sacramento which allows us to develop our one acre land into a full-fledged Temple and Meditation Center.

Currently our ABS Temple operates in two small old buildings, main House (1,300 Sq. ft) is used for Monks’ living area and many other activities/services and the other building (783 Sq. ft) next to the main house is used as Buddha/Meditation Hall. However, ABS Temple provides many services for various communities in Northern California with immense difficulties due to limitations in space and facilities. Some of these services include meditation classes/retreats, Dhamma talks, Dhamma classes, Sunday school, family services, spiritual counseling sessions, major religious services.

Our goal is to build a new facility to improve current services, provide additional services and to accommodate the growing communities. The new building consists of Buddha hall/meditation hall, class rooms, multi-purpose hall, reception/lobby, kitchen, public rest rooms, verandah on the first floor (7,358 Sq. ft) and monks’ residence on the second floor (1,858 Sq. ft). There are 35 parking spaces associated with the temple to meet the requirements of the City.

The estimated cost of the building is $2.5 million ($250 per sq. ft), which includes the cost to comply with the City/fire department requirements. We plan to raise funds and complete the building project by October 2017. Now we expect generous donors to contribute to build our future Temple and Meditation Center. We sincerely wish that we will have at least 100 donors with $10,000 or more in contributions to reach the goal of $2.5 million in the next three years that will help this invaluable cause. You can donate in installments over three years and your donation is tax deductible. You are also encouraged to donate as you wish.

According to the teachings of the Buddha, building a temple is one of the Eight Great Meritorious deeds (Ata Maha Kusal) that generates merit every minute of the day during this life and many future lives until we reach Nibbana. You are enormously fortunate to participate in building a temple as it is a rare opportunity that you will get, especially in this country. Therefore, you are encouraged to contribute to build the Temple and Meditation center to spread the teachings of the Buddha far and wide.

We greatly appreciate your donation to build an oasis of Temple and Meditation Center in Northern California which will serve many people from all walks of life.

 

 

Temple Building Project Summary

 What is the estimated total cost?

$ 2.0 – 2.5 million

$ 250/square foot (Include Commercial construction, Fire requirements, and Parking lot etc.)

What is the current financial status?

Funds Raised: $161,000

Expenses: $27,522

Available Funds: $133,478

If a person wishes to contribute to build 10 sq. feet of the temple

Total Donation would be: $2,500.00 over 3 year period

Donation per day: $2.28 (For comparison Starbucks coffee is around $2.50)

All the donations are federal & State tax deductible

How can you volunteer to raise funds?

  • Donate your expertise, time & energy
  • Organize fundraising events (food fair, garage sale, cultural show, raffles etc.)
  • Help organizers in fundraising activities
  • Contact your family and friends to collect donations
  • Help finding major donors
  • Find matching funds donors 

Need volunteers to:

  • Develop Fundraising ideas
  • Organize Fundraising events
  • Make Fundraising materials (Website, blogs, Flyers, Facebook etc.)
  • Marketing (Take the message to other communities & donors for funds)
  • Communications (Letter writing, Phone calls, Thank you messages etc.)
  • Assist in ABS community meetings

 

 

Timeline

By October 2014 – Kathina
$ 250,000 (10%)

By October 2015 – Kathina
$ 1.5 million (60%)

By October 2016 – Kathina
$ 2.25 million (90%)
(Completion of pre-construction, foundation & framing)

By August 2017
$ 2.5 million (100%)
(Completion of interior & exterior work, finishing touches of the temple)

By October 2017
Opening Ceremony – Together with Kathina Ceremony

 

 

Activities

  • Preliminary architectural drawings – Completed
  • Conditional Use Permit from the City of West Sacramento – Completed
  • Demolition of the old structure – Completed
  • Obtain preliminary construction cost estimate – Completed
  • Detailed architectural drawings – In progress
  • Planning for the six month long Historic Blessing Ceremony beginning January 1, 2015 – In progress

 

 

 

Donors

                                      TEMPLE BUILDING FUND
            Pledges & Donations Received by November 2014
Date Pledge  Received
Oakland Cambodian Buddhist Community 11/04/04  $      12,635.00
Mrs. Watey Roth and Family 10/10/08  $        7,400.00
ABS Meditation Group (Fund Raiser) 07/10/09  $        2,650.00
ABS Member Fund Raiser: Dinner 03/19/10  $        2,800.00
ABS Member Fund Raiser:  Food Fair 05/11/10  $        2,128.00
Lubert and Jenny Lam Family 10/31/10  $     1,000.00  $        1,000.00
Pinmani Janethvelay Family 11/01/10  $     1,000.00  $        2,000.00
ABS Meditation Group 11/09/10  $     1,000.00  $        1,020.00
Ms. Lisa C Tan 11/01/10  $     1,000.00  $        3,000.00
Ms. Bee Yong  (Malaysia) 11/10/10  $        4,295.16
Ms. Sandy Lian 12/04/10  $     1,000.00  $        1,000.00
Kathina Donation (2010) 12/13/10  $        2,000.00
Nicey Fernando, Dr. 12/26/10  $     1,000.00  $        1,000.00
Gayan Bogollagama 12/26/10  $     1,000.00  $        1,000.00
Pradeep & Gayathri Herath 12/31/10  $      20,000.00
Son Ngyuen 01/16/11  $     2,500.00  $        6,000.00
Shrima & Githal Bogollagama 02/15/11  $   10,000.00  $      10,000.00
Ms. Dominga Andarade 03/02/11  $     1,000.00  $        1,500.00
Lal & Pushpa Goonawardena Family 03/07/11  $     1,000.00  $        1,450.00
Peth & Palay Lim Family 03/31/11  $     1,000.00  $        1,000.00
Lancelot Fernando 4/22/2011  $        1,300.00
Meetesh Barua 04/29/11  $     2,500.00  $        2,700.00
Ms. Chhoeung Tan 05/10/11  $        1,600.00
Naresh & Chitra Barsakade 05/13/11  $     1,000.00  $           500.00
Ms. Gladecia Gunaratne 06/02/11  $     1,000.00  $        3,000.00
Ms. Kim Hoffman 10/23/2011  $        1,000.00
Kevin H. Nguyen 10/23/2011  $        1,100.00
Parakrama & Suneetha Gurusinghe 10/25/11  $     5,000.00  $        4,000.00
Mahen & Sepali Gunasekare & Family 10/25/11  $     1,000.00  $        1,000.00
Shyamal, Mriganko & Sujan 1/5/2012  $     5,000.00  $        3,000.00
Toni Delgado (Indra’s Friend) 1/12/2012  $           300.00
Anonymous 1/24/2012  $           500.00
Anura & Chinta Ratnasiri & Family 03/05/12  $     1,000.00  $           500.00
Henry K. Lau 4/1/2012  $        1,000.00
Barana & Pradeepa Ranaweera 4/9/2012  $        1,500.00
Annie J.Yu Family & Daniel Yuan Family 5/6/2012  $        1,000.00
Andrew C Scoot 5/20/2012  $           500.00
Dhammika & Senerath Ekanayake 6/15/2012  $        1,000.00
Tin Sanshuck & Family 8/19/2012  $        2,300.00
Food Fair (Member Fund Raiser) 9/8/2012  $        2,341.64
Aileen Soo 5/7/2013  $        3,200.00
Jessy & Daniel Chan 8/7/2013  $           300.00
Ranjana & Anoma De Costa 8/24/2013  $           750.00
ABS Dharma School Children 09/17/13  $     1,000.00  $           495.00
Food Fair (Member Fund Raiser) 9/19/2013  $        3,693.00
C.T. & M.H. Kappagoda 12/19/2013  $        3,000.00
Chandrani Liyanage 2/12/2014  $        5,600.00
Micheal & Nilmini (Dilr) Bruggeman 2/23/2014  $        1,000.00
Robert Henderson 5/5/2014  $        1,000.00
Padmini Goonawardena, M.D. 5/12/2014  $           500.00
Chrisine Marr 6/13/2014  $     3,000.00  $        3,000.00
Vinaya & Gupta 6/19/2014  $           250.00
Anthony Kekulawala 7/2/2014  $           760.66
Anthony & Kie Chung 7/1/2014  $           300.00
Tuyen Diep 8/23/2014  $           500.00
Lonnie Nguyen 9/24/2014  $           500.00
Food Fair (Member Fund Raiser) 9/37/2014  $        4,190.25
Zinh Ly & Vincent Wong 10/14/2014  $        5,000.00
An Thi Pham, MD 10/26/2014  $        3,000.00
Amal & Dilo  Senaviratne 10/26/2014  $        1,000.00
Chhiu Tin & Phanny Touch 10/26/2014  $           600.00
Thuy’s Family 10/26/2014  $           500.00
Siphan Som & Family 10/28/2014  $           500.00
Anonymous 10/31/2014  $        2,500.00
Saranaloka Foundation 11/14/2014  $           500.00
Lakdas & Vijayanthi Watawala 11/15/2014  $        3,000.00
So Yuet Leung (Jenny’s Aunty) 11/16/2014  $           500.00
Other (Interest)  $           905.01
 $    161,063.72



You can make a secure on-line donation by clicking on the ‘Donation’ button above. You can also make a pledge to make a donation over a three year period as described below.

ABS Building Fund Pledge Sheet Final 

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