Ratna Ling printing press survives permit challenge from nearby resident group

Volunteers load texts into shipping boxes at Ratna Ling's printing press.

Volunteers load texts into shipping boxes at Ratna Ling’s printing press

The expansion of printing activities at Tarthang Tulku’s Ratna Ling Retreat Center in rural Sonoma County, CA, has gotten the approval of county authorities, overriding a challenge to its permit by a local resident group called Coastal Hills Rural Preservation. Since 2005, volunteers have run the massive press to print Buddhist texts that are distributed for free to Tibetan Buddhist monasteries throughout Asia. According to a story in the Press Democrat, those in charge of the printing press contended that creating the texts is “a religious practice ancillary to the retreat,” while those in opposition said the scope of the project, which includes regular truck traffic, “is an industrial activity inappropriate to the county’s strikingly beautiful northwest hills and violates the county’s general plan.” After a review and public hearing, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors sided with Ratna Ling in a 3-2 vote.

Read the full story, which has drawn numerous comments, pro and con.