Dear Heart of Wisdom Sangha:
Last night we concluded our 24 hour zazen vigil as the beginning for our Dedication Ceremony for Heart of Wisdom Zen Buddhist Temple. I wanted to thank all who participated in the vigil and for all of those who supported it. It felt as if the whole Sangha was there in the zendo in person or in spirit. We started in the dark, sat through the night, into the morning light, and throughout the day. The the afternoon sun streamed through the windows, the sun set, we sat in the twilight, and then the dark again. A full cycle of day and night, light and dark, zazen throughout, all within this scared space.
People came, sat and left through out the night and day. All in silence; all with purpose; all just flowing. It was as if the whole sangha was there sitting the vigil, lighting candles, moving in silence.
This is exactly what a vigil is...from the New Oxford American Dictionary:
A period of keeping awake during the time usually spent asleep, esp. to keep watch or pray. A stationary, peaceful demonstration in support of a particular cause, typically without speeches. (In the Christian Church) the eve of a festival or holy day as an occasion of religious observance, nocturnal devotions.
Our vigil and the ceremony tonight marks the spiritual dedication of Heart of Wisdom. We have a very strong and firm foundation in our spiritual practice. Our next steps will be to manifest these intentions as we plan, develop, create and welcome all to Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple.
Shuso, Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple