The work party on Feb. 26 showed the hardiness of Heart of Zen while a wonderful group of people toiled away in the near freezing temperatures to make a giant step forward in our building rehabilitation. There was no garden work because of the frozen ground.
Because Hogen brought us construction heaters, tools and coffee, we were able to work all day and make progress. The stage is almost gone...all the flooring is off and saved, the linoleum floor is disappearing before our eyes, the furnace room walls were dismantle. We took a look at the stairs and have a plan to rebuild the ones that need it.
Thank you very much to all who participated.... Nestor (electrician), Wayne (expert floor guy), Zac (master carpenter), Lori (denailer and consultant for water into the garden), Doug (all around assistant), Allen and Gensho (linoleum experts), Josh and Dennis (concrete and wire wall removers!!!!), Nan, Robert and Bansho (always willing to do whatever is needed, were floaters). If I missed anyone, please let me know.
Without the work of the sangha and friends this project would not be completed. Some of us can give money, some can give talent, other give encouragement and advice but they folks (and all those who have worked and will work) gave that precious commodity....TIME along with effort and expertise.
Hogen unveiled the enso drawn by Harada Roshi for Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple. It will hang above the altar but for now it is at Great Vow for safe keeping until our dedication ceremony.
Thanks with many bows,