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2020

  • Five Phase 1 buildings are built. Foundation work began for four more Phase 1 buildings. Phase 2 schematic design is underway.

2019

  • Phase 1 construction continues while Phase 2 & 3 designs are progressing.

2018

  • Phase 1 grading began in spring.
  • Phase 1 building permits were issued in June and construction began in the summer.

2017

  • The request for proposal for Phase 1 building construction was sent out to 9 construction companies and we received 5 bids. (The grading contractor has already been selected.)
  • The grading permit for Phase 1 was granted.

2012-2016

  • Detailed Phase 1 design near completion. Conceptual Phase 2 design underway and uncovered an issue with wetland expansion. Phase 1 and 2 are shifted north to avoid encroaching upon the wetlands.

2011

  • Use permit renewal of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas granted in perpetuity and the use permit for the religious educational training facility (IIPE) was conditionally renewed and modified.

2008-2011

  • Master plan review of the existing City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (west campus) and adjacent future IIPE (east campus) took place.

2002

  • The Planning Commission and ultimately the Board of Supervisors approved the Use Permit for the Institute.

1999

  • DRBA agreed and submitted a new application for IIPE.

1996

  • The planning department requested additional information. A revised version of IIPE was submitted to the Planning Dept. Further review of the project took place.

1994

  • The Board of Supervisors agreed that a review of the revised project should go forward.

1992

  • The Board of Supervisors could not decide and instead continued the appeal hearing. In response to requests, DRBA submitted a revised application for the International Institute of Philosophy & Ethics (IIPE) later in the year.

1991

  • The Planning Commission approved the Use Permit and variances but the project opponents appealed the decision to the Board of Supervisors.

1988

  • A use permit application for a Buddhist training academy was submitted to the Mendocino County planning department.

1959

  • The Dharma Realm Buddhist Association (DRBA), formerly known as the Sino-American Buddhist Association, was founded by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua.