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Sacristan at Work

We have a sacristy team that works hard to keep our altars looking beautiful and clean. Here Sarah arranges flowers she has found on the property in different arrangements for different places.

Just About Time

Genko Rainwater
Genko tackles the topic of Time: what is it? how do we work with it? some of the many aspects of time as something that exists, or maybe not. Are we moving forward? What about developmental stages? What about how much time we’ve had in practice? And of course, Dogen’s fascicle, “Uji,” addressing existence-time, has to be considered.

This talk was given Sunday, July 23.

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This week work continues on the duplexes, getting them ready to lower on to the foundations next week. We have finished underfloor framing and done a fair amount of necessary demolition as well as some preliminary utilities preparation. As of today, we’ve also cleaned out almost all of the debris from inside the units and put it into a drop box to be hauled away.

 

 

Wednesday Work Parties

We have regular Wednesday work parties from 9am to 3:30pm. There is plenty of work for people to do, inside and outside, light and heavy. Come for as much or little of the time as you wish. We have tools and gloves, but if you have your own, feel free to bring them. If you are around at 12:30pm, we feed you lunch.

Note that next two weeks we will NOT have Thursday and Friday work parties (July 27-28, August 3-4).

Trees, Rocks and Compost Piles Speak the Dharma

Debra Seido Martin
Drawing upon Dogen’s “Teachings of the Inanimate,” Seido talked about Buddhism’s approach to our conflicted relationship with the natural world and how the nondual leaps beyond false divisions. Where does nature begin and end? Where does sentience begin and end? This subject welcomes our direct experience in the natural world, our heartfelt concern for the environment, and ways we bring this awareness in our daily practice.

This talk was given Sunday, July 16.

Temperance, Zeal, and Joy

Gyokuko Carlson
Three of the aspects of the Enlightened Mind are not achieved through will, intention and rational thought, and yet they are not achieved without good will, good intentions and clear reasoning. Gyokuko will play with the interplay during her Dharma Talk this Sunday.

This talk was given Sunday, July 9.

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Work continues on the duplexes. Gary is tearing out parts of a wall. Phyllis and Nancy are sweeping up the debris. In the process, they discovered an apparently-abandoned nest inside a light fixture. We don’t know for sure what kind of bird left it there.

In addition, the garden is beginning to produce food for the kitchen. Weeding and harvesting, mowing, and other garden work is ongoing. Tenzo Shin’yu and other cooks are enjoying the fresh bounty.


We are also beginning to hand-water trees during this hot dry weather, both in the orchard and along the streets. Natalie sits on the truck waiting for one of the large water drums to fill up to take it to thirsty trees.

Wednesday Work Parties

Note that NEXT WEEK, the week of camp, July 9-15, we will not have work parties, since most of the staff will be gone to camp.

The Slippery Slope of Enlightenment

A question we often get asked is “what is enlightenment,” followed closely by “how do I get it?” Kakumyo explores this realm in his Sunday talk. Come see whether he actually answers these perennial questions.

This talk was given Sunday, July 2.

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The concrete foundations got poured for both duplexes Wednesday and Thursday this week. We are still working underneath the two houses, framing and removing old wood and insulation. Tai’an is shown underneath the house while a contractor levels concrete. Will was one of many who sorted and loaded wood.

By August we expect that both buildings will be set down on their foundations. Until then we are working underneath and doing exploratory demolition inside the houses.

Wednesday Work Parties

We have work parties most Wednesdays from 9am to 3:30pm, and there is plenty of work for people to do, inside and outside, light and heavy. Come for as much or little of the time as you wish. We have tools and gloves, but if you have your own, feel free to bring them. If you are around at 12:30pm, we feed you lunch. For much of the summer, we are adding Thursday and Friday for anyone who can come out the volunteer. Come join the fun! (Note that the week of camp [July 9-15] we will not have work parties.)

Indra and the Ants

Sallie Jiko Tisdale
What happens when Indra, King of the Gods, sees a line of ants marching across the floor? A little storytelling about Indra leads us to contemplation of how we all fit together in the big scheme of things.

This talk was given Sunday, June 25.

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This week we are on Genzo-e sesshin. Registration for meals and overnights is closed, but all are welcome to join us during meditation and services.

Both duplexes are now on the property, situated where they will end up, though up on blocks so that work can go on underneath them. Much of the Genzo-e work practice this week is going toward that effort. First is cleaning out old insulation and such, taking off plywood on the outside, and getting the bottom of the siding ready to settle on the foundation when it is poured. Workers arrived to set up the forms for concrete for the foundation for the first duplex this week. Once the duplexes are safely on their foundations, then interior and exterior remodeling will go forward, readying them for people to move in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday Work Parties
We have work parties most Wednesdays from 9am to 3:30pm, and there is plenty of work for people to do, inside and outside, light and heavy. Come for as much or little of the time as you wish. We have tools and gloves, but if you have your own, feel free to bring them. If you are around at 12:30pm, we feed you lunch. For much of the summer, we are adding Thursday and Friday for anyone who can come out the volunteer. Come join the fun!

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