As we move closer to the Blessing of Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple I am reminded
of the many, many blessing of our practice and of our Sangha. And how these many
blessings come from very ancient beginnings and roots.
From our more modern roots I am struck by the thought that the people who in the
1890's planned and built this church (our new property at 6401 NE 10th, Portland, OR),
actually built this church for the many, many generations to come. They built this church
for us. They couldn't have guessed that in 2010 our Zen Buddhist group would purchase it and begin converting it into a Zen Buddhist Temple.
We too are planning and building for a future that none of use can possibly know today.
Who knows what this building will hold in the next 100 years. As we establish this temple, it is for those known and unknown; for those born and yet to be born. May we do this with the intention of peace and in a spirit of welcoming to all.
In Oct. when we viewed the Temple building, I heard Chozen say these simple words
which I wrote down on a scrap of paper.
This is a space of rest and wisdom. Please honor it.
This scrap of paper got lost in the myriads of papers, fliers and announcements that
I have. It ended up in our recycling bin. I borrowed that yellow recycling bin to move
leaves at our new Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple. After emptying the bin a scrap of
paper dropped out and blew down the street. I ran after it, grabbed it, open the slip of
paper and I read..."This is a space of rest and wisdom. Please honor it."
Now on Christmas Day after a wonderful visit with family and friends I am reminded of
that simple and clear message. As we move and transition into our new home, may
we keep this message in our minds...this a space of rest and wisdom..... may we all
Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple
Steering Committee, Chair
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