2008 Eldon flew to New York to meet with HHK17th who was visiting
the USA for the first time. while meeting him HHK17th recieved a copy
of the following text and the request to be of help in manifesting this
We shall post any update in regard to
the progress of this vision .
ago, when HHK the 16th Karmapa was in Los Angeles we were a
small Sangha and were allowed to be the attendants for the Karmapa at
James Coburn's house in Hollywood.
One of our group had
what he calls a vision. He saw a sign offering remote mountain
land. He said the sign was glowing. The property was large
and very remote. 160 acres on the top of the Santa Rosa Mountains
. The price was modest and financing was available so we
spoke to the HHK 16th Karmapa about it. This land was (and still
is) very hard to get to ( there are no roads and there is no
surface water). HHK 16th Karmapa said not to worry about the
difficulty, that "the place was very auspicious" and then
he held his hand over his head and said that "In the future, 21
accomplished beings like Milarepa will arise from this place", and
named it Kagu Nyedon Ling. Since that time we have completely paid off
the original land and purchased another 160 to make a total of
The land is located in The Santa
Rosa range about 35 miles from Palm Springs high on a cliff looking
down on the small town of Anza Borego which is about 18 miles
away. Los Angeles is about 110 miles and San Diego is about
the same. Half the Salton Sea is visible from the peak which is
on the property. The shape of this piece is a Swiss cross and is
one mile by three quarters of a mile. That is 1600 meters by 1200
The surrounding area is
completely uninhabited, all of it (but our piece) owned and controlled
by the US government. It has been made into a wildlife refuge for
the peninsular Bighorn Sheep. No roads or vehicles will ever be
permitted. We have the only private land that has ever been
sold in the whole area.
The additional land (which we bought later), has more
benefit than as a potential airport. It has the highest
peak in the area at 6200 feet with a gently rounded top which we have
named Milarepa Peak.
The top of this peak is pretty flat for about a hundred meters and
commands a view of hundreds of square miles. We would like to
build a stupa on it which would illuminate the world.
At the lower part of our property there is a high ridge looking down
over the whole of the Anza Borego desert. Absolutely breathtaking
view off a shear cliff. There is a mountain peak in Mexico
about 120 miles away which is visible from this vantage
point. There is another larger ridge looking down toward Mexico
but not as steep which is also on the lower part of the property.
This magnificent isolation comes with a
price. There are no roads for 15 miles and the walk up takes all
day and is pretty steep. We will have to bring in most of the
food and equipment by helicopter. At the moment the cost is $825
an hour. The helicopter can carry up too 800 pounds all
together, or four passengers and takes about an half hour
to fly in.
It is possible to reduce Helicopter expenses by building an
airstrip on the property and the cost would go down to about $150
per hour to rent a small plane. The original property was too
small to accommodate an airstrip, so we bought the extra 160 acres to
be able to put in an airport.
Bell Jet Ranger
The middle of the property is a valley with peaks on
either side which slopes down to a big rock formation which shades a
little reservoir. It has a small waterfall and a natural
stone bridge across the pool. The reservoir is the size of
a medium size swimming pool and about five feet deep. It had
developed a couple of small holes so several years ago, we sent a crew
with shovels and cement and dug out the silt and patched the leaks and
made it ready to hold maybe 50,000 gallons of water when rain
comes. It rained a week after we fixed it and filled up with
water but later we found the water had seeped out the bottom. So
it will be necessary to dig it out again and seal the bottom with clay
to keep the water from running out.
The water available determines how many people can be supported on the
mountain. There is a large aquifer under the mountains which
supports agriculture and golf courses around the base of the
mountains. With a portable drilling machine we can
tap into this aquifer.
However in the summer we will need water as well so we
thought of using the newest technology which extracts water from the
air. The water maker takes air, cools, it and produces
drinking water. The technology is new, the smallest water maker takes
500 watts and makes about five gallons per day. We can use solar
panels for that.
Most year the area is very dry , we are considering constructing
a dew pond to provide water for the big horn sheep. A dew pond is a
shallow hand made pond which is insulated from the ground with layers
of straw and clay, collects dew during the night and keeps it in the
form of shallow water.
Water from Air Machine
Habitat : past and present:
The Kaweah Indians used to walk up to this place
when the desert below was too hot. There are visible signs of
their presence. There are pottery shards and arrow heads and
Metates. A Metate is a hollowed out space in a rock where the
Indians ground their grain. If you close your eyes you can visualize
where they were setting and when you look closer you find pieces
of their clay bowls that were broken and left behind.
Metate traditional use for grinding grains
There is a small cave in the rocks
next to the reservoir that has fire marks that show that it has been
inhabited and we found a buried box that had some food and whiskey in
it. I think the whiskey came from an American anthropologist who was
studying the Indians that used to inhabit the place.
Big Horn Sheep
The place is totally isolated and there are no neighbors.
There are no houses for 15 or 18 miles in any direction and there is no
other private land anywhere in the Santa Rosa mountains. There
was only one square mile that was ever sold and we own the best part of
it. The other half mile is steep cliffs and ravines and not
likely to be developed.
The land is home of the peninsular Big Horn Sheep that currently amount
to about 200 animals, each of which is tagged and monitored
periodically by local authorities.