The Garchen Buddhist Institute, is off a road named Blissful Path, and those who operate it have plans to make the quiet retreat even more blissful.
The Institute, 9.5 miles east of Chino Valley on Perkinsville Road, has asked Yavapai County for a zone change to accommodate expansion at the retreat that will include a yoga exercise temple, six meditation huts and a storage building on 64.87 acres.
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors heard the request at its Dec. 2nd meeting, and unanimously voted for it.
The expansion will require the zoning map to change from the property's current zoning for residential/single family, two-acre minimum to a Planned Area Development (PAD) zoning designation.
On Nov. 6, the county's Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zoning map change stipulations. The institute held an open house for property owners within 1,000 feet on Oct. 18, however no one attended. Development Services received 17 letters of support for the zone change and no opposing letters.
If the institute owners ever decided to move or sell the property and if the new owners planned a different use of the property, they would have to go before the commission and board with their proposal.
His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, the institute's founder and spirtual director, is a Tibetan Buddist lama.
From the Institute on a ridge on the east side of the eastern valley, people can see the San Francisco Peaks, the area where the Verde River flows and the red cliffs of Sedona, as well as Chino Valley. Besides Buddhist uses of the temple, restaurant, guest quarters and dormitories and other buildings, others can rent the facilities for retreats, workshops, classes, weddings, memorials and award ceremonies.
For more information about the Institute, call 928 925-1237, or visit the website at www.garchen.net.
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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Beautiful and amazing hidden gem of Chino
Good! This is a beautiful and amazing hidden gem in Chino Valley that many don't even know about. It is open to the public if anyone wants to drive out and have a look. It's a lovely place to stroll, enjoy and even take a meditation break away from the world at. Chino should be very proud to have this Institute here. I know I am! In fact, I take visitors from out of town there for walks. It is so unique.