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Generous donations by members and supporters has allowed us to sustain all our activities. Please consider donating to one of our projects or ongoing funds so that we may continue to offer and expand opportunities for study and practice.

Donation Drive

Lho Ratna Rinpoche and Khandro Sonam Choedon Accepted Our Invitation to Canada for August to September 2023

The Visa process for the entrance of Lho Ratna Rinpoche and his wife, Khandro Sonam Choedon, in Canada is developing well. We expect Rinpoche la and Sonam la to arrive in Canada in August this year.

Lama Gyaltsen, as the initiator of the invitation, together with the Crystal Mountain Society and the Namgyal Yangzab Community of Canada, as the main hosts of this invitation, are calling on you to support this auspicious event to the best of your possibilities. Currently we are in the process of purchasing the flight tickets. The total amount for the two-month journey is expected to be approximately $30 000 CAD.

E-transfer (within Canada) to

Additional ways to donate are specified at the bottom of this page.

Thank you for your generous support.

Rezoning Project

CMS is proposing land use for the establishment of an all-season Forest Retreat Meditation Centre while preserving 75% of the land-base through the transfer of title to the Islands Trust Conservancy. The goal of the Centre is to provide public access to appropriately scaled retreat facilities that will allow retreatants to abide in a forest environment, meeting their most basic needs in simple, low-cost structures with minimal infrastructure. 

Rezoning Fundraising Campaign

Crystal Mountain Society is creating a low impact, eco-friendly retreat centre capable of hosting both short and long-term silent meditation retreat in a forest setting. Our next step toward this goal is a rezoning process that ensures protection of rare and sensitive ecosystems. We will transfer title of 75% of our approximately 60 acres of land to the Islands Trust Conservancy, a B.C. government agency dedicated to conservation of high-value ecosystems in Canada’s Gulf Islands. This will create a 44.4 acre ecologically-rich nature reserve held intact in perpetuity. This campaign’s $88,000 goal includes; a legacy payment of $30,000 to support management fees of future conservation efforts on the nature reserve; survey fees to create the new boundaries of the reserve land; a change in boundaries to protect the Pagoda; water and ecological management plans; legal fees; etc. Less than 2% of the remaining 15 acres will be impacted by building. The rezoning process will allow us to move forward in continuing to support Buddha Dharma in the west.

This Spiritual Education Forest Retreat Centre will preserve and promote the objectives of the society: Supporting the awakening and liberation of individuals through study, reflection, compassion and by meditation retreats based on the principles set forth by all three cycles of the teachings of Buddha Dharma, and by the study and practice of natural history and science.

Our history on Galiano Island:
Since 1980 Crystal Mountain Society has held a presence on Galiano Island. Generous donations by members and supporters has allowed us to first purchase 20 acres and now we have almost 60. In 1982 the World Peace Pagoda was erected by visiting teacher, Venerable Sayadaw U Thila Wunta as part of his world tour. Camping style summer retreats have been continuously held since inception. The initial rezoning application was submitted in 2004, with the second application submitted to Islands Trust in 2014. We are currently on a trajectory to complete this phase in spring of 2022. The funds needed ensure the ability to complete this process.

All teaching, retreats, and administration is entirely on a volunteer basis. As is traditional, Buddhist teaching is freely given. The teacher does not charge a fee but is sustained by the generosity of the students. All retreat fees are charged to cover expenses and no profit is built into budgeting.

As per CRA Regulations: donations to a society are not refundable. Should this rezoning application not move forward at this time, your donated funds will be used to sustain the society’s objectives. Major donors ($5,000 or more in donations) will have the opportunity to indicate how they would like their funds to be reapportioned.

UPDATE – March 2023:
We are vey pleased to have moved to Public Hearing on May 6th. This is one of the final stages of the rezoning process. 
We are still looking for $13000 for this process.
Plus a further $8000 to subdivide the Pagoda area separately to keep it accessible. 
Please help fund this process with your donation.

• See below for various ways to contribute •

Please see our Rezoning Page for additional information on our appropriately scaled retreat facilities that will allow retreatants to study and meditate in a forest environment, meeting their most basic needs in simple, low-cost structures with minimal infrastructure. 

Donate to one of our ongoing funds

Please indicate your preference when submitting a donation:

Ways to donate

  • e-transfer (within Canada) to
  • PayPal (credit cards accepted; you do not need an account)
  • Wire transfer (contact Gisele Sabourin at prior to sending)
  • Checks may be mailed to Crystal Mountain Society c/o Gisele Sabourin 300B-2555 Cook Road, Galiano Island, BC V0N1P0

(Due to fees incurred, we prefer the methods listed above for donations.)

  • Security donations may be made through our Canada Helps page.
  • Look for us on Benevity for workplace donation programs.

If you prefer to donate to one of our ongoing funds, please indicate your preference when submitting donation:

  • General Operating Fund
  • Practitioner Support Fund
  • Guest Teacher Fund

Charitable donation receipts issued for both one-time and monthly donations.