Kodo -- Temple Manager’s Notes
April 8, 2012
Today, Buddha’s birthday is celebrated in Japan; the rest of the world will celebrate Buddha’s birthday on May 8. Our celebration today is that this past week marks a full week of daily meditation activities at Heart of Wisdom.
Monday -- Eimyo inaugurated a new sitting time 5:30 - 6:30 pm and we continued with our regular 12 Step and Buddhism Group and the monthly Mindful Eating Meet up.
Tuesday -- Fuho’s discussion group began study of the Heart Sutra
Thursday -- Our regular sitting and Dharma talk program
Friday -- Ryushin lead our new Full Moon Metta Practice
Saturday -- Shinju presented a first time workshop on poetry
Sunday -- Our regular sitting with sanzen or practice interview
In addition there were numerous committee meetings, individuals stopping by to do work, ongoing work, sangha members and teachers meetings throughout the week. Quite a full plate for our new home.
While all this new activity is exciting and wonderful, we also want to make sure that we keep our traditional programs solid as we add new ones. We want to be able to support and sustain each new program that we offer.
What can you do to support this? First is to participate as you are interested and able. It is very important that we have solid sangha participation at most all of our events. Second, let your family and friends know about our offerings. These are wonderful opportunities to invite a friend or family member to visit and learn about our zen community. A third thing is to help with events or during our meditation times. Having a service position whether it is at a one time event or as an ongoing position will help both you and others as we work and sit together at Heart of Wisdom.
One last thought is that The Heart of Wisdom’s operational budget comes from our donations and event fees. I was quite amazed and thankful to learn that DT and LaShelle’s class in Feb. on Communications brought in over $2000. Thank you DT and LaShelle!! Through everyone’s dedication, service and generosity we are able to keep Heart of Wisdom somewhat warm and operating.
One of my vows this year is to write this ongoing Temple Update. It will be posted on the list serve and at Zen Community of Oregon’s website on a regular basis.