WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
In the summer of 1975, Bill Brevoort, owner of Buddha Root Farm on the Smith River near Reedsport, Oregon, decided to host an outdoor Buddha Recitation Session on his land. He requested the Venerable Master Hua and the fourfold assembly of Gold Mountain Monastery to join in the session. The Venerable Master assented and in August 1975, a group of over fifty cultivators from all over the United States gathered at the farm to attend a week-long session of reciting the Buddha's name.
This was the first time that a traditional Buddha Recitation Session was held in the open air in the mountains. During the session, the Venerable Master gave talks twice daily: one in the afternoon and another in the evening. He brought the Pure Land Dharma method alive, explaining the fundamentals of practice and revealing the fruits of cultivation. He spoke so simply that even absolute beginners could comprehend the principles, and yet his words awakened more experienced cultivators to the profundities of the Buddhadharma. The Venerable Master's words provided inspiration and instruction for all assembled at Buddha Root Farm, and they serve as a wealth of Dharma for cultivators now and in the future.
In one of the photos above, the Master is shown above hosting the Great Transference of Merit performed on the Oregon Coast at the culmination of the Buddha Recitation Session held at Buddha Root Farm.
His expedients in introducing young Westerners to the Dharma were many. On this occasion, he moved the entire Buddha Recitation Session from the Oregon woods to the Oregon coast. Everyone is facing West as the sun sets at the end of the Amitabha Buddha session, vowing to attain rebirth in the Western Pure Land and to transfer the merit to all living beings.
Turtle Mountain Life
A 'peak' of life at Buddha Root Farm
Buddha Root Farm 2019
Buddha Root Farm 2018
Buddha Root Farm 2017