A Global Teaching Story about Life, Death and Community.
A Land Project on Maui.
"We enter the world through a doorway, pass through many in the course of our lifetime, and leave at the end through another."
‘ĪPUKA (ee poo ka):
a Hawaiian word meaning “doorway” or “passageway”
A 10-year vision of Bodhi Be, Leilah Be and Ram Dass being realized.
‘Īpuka Sanctuary, Park and Natural Burial Ground is a sacred story of life and death interweaving in healthy community life, protected and cared for by a nonprofit organization in perpetuity.
This project intends to:
· Become an integral and valued place for the Maui community and beyond.
· Become a new model of land use combining public and private community functions and help change our cultural attitudes and relationships to life and death.
· Become Hawaii’s first certified green cemetery and first pet cemetery.
· Be a beautiful and peaceful resting place for those who have died.
· Be a doorway for the living to remembrance, celebration, contemplation, honoring and connection to the preciousness, fragility and enduring nature of life.
· Integrate multi-uses that include a cemetery, a park, meditation gardens, a community center, a pet cemetery, a flower farm and orchard, all within a place held sacred where one can walk and wander in beauty among the orchards and flowers, all utilizing regenerative and organic practices.
· Include a ceremonial hall for community ritual and events.
· Become a world-class learning center in the field of awakened living and dying tha also provides counsel and support to the dying and their families.
Doorway Into Light is a nonprofit educational and charitable organization on Maui providing conscious and compassionate care for the dying, the dead and their families. Since 2006 we have been educating, supporting and empowering families in end-of-life and after-death care, as well as offering community presentations and trainings.
Since 2012 we have been providing not-for-profit funeral home services that include ocean body burials. We are now taking the next step to provide not-for-profit funeral and burial services utilizing green, sustainable and spiritually inclusive practices. Having transformed the funeral home experience by removing the ‘for profit motive’ and adding support and counseling services, we will now transform the cemetery experience by creating a healing place that people will want to visit.
Please imagine ‘Īpuka with us and be a part of making this an invaluable Maui community resource for future generations and a teaching model for the world. Please donate and become a part of this story.
We have found a unique property on Maui's North Shore that we would be delighted to introduce to you.
See the plan here www.ipuka.org
Sincerely, Bodhi Be Executive Director