This haven, in keeping with the welcoming, engaged action community hub that Issa has been creating, in his home, for people around the world - Buddhist monks, teachers and groups; local children, farmers and activists; international peace-maker travellers, rabbis and groups- around 300 people a year, will expand work and activities he currently does.
The Garden of Hope Mindfulness Centre will increase capacity through volunteering and community development to become self-sustaining. It will offer retreats and events for people of different ages, from different parts of the world, from different walks of life, and from different wisdom and spiritual traditions. The programmes offered will provide the support and the necessary skills to face the barriers of bias and fear that feed divisive beliefs and result in harmful action. These include events for youth, children, ex-prisoners and contemplative interfaith gatherings.
Issa has began turning this vision into reality using personal funds to purchase the land, in the area designated as Area C, under full control of the Israeli Occupation Authority, and private funds to initiate the construction. Your support will help finish construction which will include a full accommodation plan to host guests, finalise the meditation halls and the community gardens.
This fundraiser is an international collaboration in supporting the creation of the “Garden of Hope” in the West Bank of Palestine with:
—Buddhists across Traditions (BaT)
—Buddhist Alliance for Non-Violence and Human Rights in Israel-Palestine (BANVAHR)
—Sacred Mountain Sangha
A bow of gratitude.