Albagnano Healing Meditation Centre – Gangchen Choepel Ling – is located in a pure environment neighbouring the natural reserve of the Sacred Mountain of Ghiffa and is minutes away from Italy’s biggest wilderness area, the Val Grande National Park.
In order to fulfil the goals of the Centre, in 2004 a formal request was presented to the local Municipality of Bèe to change its Master Plan (Piano Regolatore Generale Comunale) and allow for the construction of the temple and all the necessary facilities.
To make a long story short, after 12 years of bureaucracy, architectural plans, proposals, meetings, negotiations and an environmental assessment, the Master Plan of Bèe was changed and integrated with a customised project (S.U.E. Lama Gangchen), recognising the area of the centre as being of social, cultural and religious purpose.
In December 2017, an agreement was eventually signed between the Fondazione Lama Gangchen per una Cultura di Pace (Lama Gangchen Peace Culture Foundation) and the Municipality, granting us the permission to renovate and rebuild the existing structures.
The complete project contemplates 2300 sq meters of new construction, which is divided among the temple, new rooms for guests, and a multipurpose conference hall.
In addition, as with the completion of the project the local government foresees a considerable increase in visitors, they have ordered the construction of a secure and accessible road connecting the village of Albagnano to the Centre.