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Buddha's Birthday
Buddha's Birthday
May 19

On Sunday, May 8 we celebrated Buddha's Birthday at Great Vow. The celebration included the traditional ceremony of bathing the baby Buddha with sweet tea. There was also a shadow play of the story of the Buddha, and a birthday cake.

Watching the Shadow PlayWatching the Shadow Play

Shadow PlayShadow Play

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buddha's CakeBuddha's Cake

May 15 - Work Practice
May 15 - Work Practice
May 16

On Sunday a crew of hardy working zennies diligently removed nails to prepare wood which will be milled for the zendo trim work.

Ron extracting 100 year old nailsRon extracting 100 year old nails

More good works...
More good works...
May 7

Crews of workers put down the underlayment for our new floor, framed in the furnace room, clean all around, fixed our lights, removed stones and concrete from out front, stained the zendo molding, removed paint and nails, worked in the garden and prepared us lunch.

An amazing amount of work was accomplished amid friendship, harmony and fun.

A Leap Towards Moving
A Leap Towards Moving
May 7

Last week and today's Work Practice moved us significantly closer to our June move in date for Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple.

This past week Danno and crew painted the zendo.Rolling on the new colorRolling on the new color

David put on the finishing touches.Putting on new moldingPutting on new molding

Dharma Holder
Dharma Holder
May 6

Head of Heart of Wisdom Ango for 2010-2011, Larry Fuho Trussell, engaged the Sangha in an End of Ango Ceremony.  He spoke about the koan Sekiso's Hundred Foot Pole.  As part of the ceremony the sangha had an opportunity to ask questions to better understand Fuho's wisdom.

 

Fuho has been practicing Zen Buddhism for more than 30 years.  He has completed the Sanghakai Program through ZCO, studied with Chozen and Hogen for more than a decade and has lead the Tuesday night sitting group for the last year and a half.  At the closing of The End of Ango Ceremony, Fuho was given a purple rakusu and was desginated as a Dharma Holder.

 

Congratulations and thank you, Fuho.

5 Precepts Ceremony at Great Vow April 24th
5 Precepts Ceremony at Great Vow April 24th
April 28

Congragulations to Jenefer, Amy, Brad and Bob on taking the 5 Precepts. May your vows and wagessa serve you well. Here are some pictures of the event.

 

Apr 2011 5 PCPTS GV: Hogen and ChozenApr 2011 5 PCPTS GV: Hogen and Chozen

 

Amy and others 5 precept 2: Hogen and Chozen Talking about the 5 PreceptsAmy and others 5 precept 2: Hogen and Chozen Talking about the 5 Precepts

Precept Takers Kneel Before the TeachersPrecept Takers Kneel Before the Teachers

Precept Takers Doing BowsPrecept Takers Doing Bows

BowsBows

Taking VowsTaking Vows

Bob Receives His WagessaBob Receives His Wagessa

Jennifer Recieves Her WagessaJennifer Recieves Her Wagessa

Things Are Happening!
Things Are Happening!
April 27

Lots of activity at Heart of Wisdom!

The furnaces arrived yesterday and they are being installed.

The ceiling is clean....tons of dust has disappeared.

The furnace room floor is just about ready for new concrete.

Waiting in LIneWaiting in LIne

The Zendo is ready for paint.

Thanks to the hard work of Evan, Zac, Jerzy, Lowell and Robert.

Bansho took this picture.  He was one of several people who came by the Temple today to see the progress.

 

Gassho,

Kodo


Furnace for Heart of Wisdom
Furnace for Heart of Wisdom
April 27

Today an HVAC technician began installation of our new super-efficient heating system at Heart of Wisdom. The old furnace was not functioning and needed to be replaced.

We will now have a furnace on each floor. The ground floor furnace will heat the common area, bathrooms and kitchen and be located in the old furnace room. A second furnace will be located in the attic space adjacent to the zendo.

(In the photo, you can see new ductwork ready to be installed and the downstairs furnace in the box on the right)

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