Tara Memorial Park
Six years ago, Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya asked our Founder and President, who is also a highly venerated Tibetan lama, and fellow members of our land purchase, design, and development company to donate three of our four, high bluff view properties in north Edmonds, a small coastal town and ferry landing about 20 miles north of Seattle, for cremating and memorializing the life of her aging husband, His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya. Dagchen Rinpoche was the first and highest Tibetan lama to immigrate to the United States and the eldest living holder of Tibet’s sacred Khön family lineage, unbroken for over 1,000 years. Sacred relics recovered from traditional Tibetan Buddhist cremations of high lamas are deeply revered, but the highly efficient, smokeless, and odorless crematoriums required in the United States incinerate all remains uniformly to fine ash.
In response, Tara Memorial Park, was conceived as a nonsectarian regional center serving all members of the Pacific Northwest’s growing international community of Buddhists. The site is centrally located within a short, toll-free drive of all three of the region’s major urban centers. It encompasses part of the top and all of the sunny south and west slopes of a high promontory nearly surrounded by protected native growth and wildlife habitat along Puget Sound’s northeastern coast, directly opposite of Admiralty Inlet, the Sound’s gateway to the Pacific and Asia.
The proposal includes a traditional Tibetan crematorium to be used very rarely and exclusively for lamas of the Khön lineage and other highly realized people who live exceptionally selfless lives benefiting all beings. It would also include a highly efficient, smokeless, and odorless crematorium for all others. Both would be complementary elements of Tara Memorial Park, a Stupa ~ Columbarium ~ Park to memorialize the lives of those cremated. Given its location, size, and spiritual significance, Tara Memorial Park was to be seen and honored as a sacred landmark upon entering and leaving Puget Sound by sea.
Regrettably, the money needed to redeem the properties’ liens were not raised in time and the properties were repossessed. Four years later, the same properties remain undeveloped and owned by a party who wants to sell them. The large lot on top of the promontory with one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most awe-inspiring panoramas, may also be soon available for purchase and should be added to the park.