Knotes from the Temple Manager
4/15/2012 -- Sunday am
Dear Sangha and Friends:
After a day of zen meditation at our new Temple I was reflecting on this strong feeling of newness of everything at Heart of Wisdom. Even though our building is old, built in 1891, there is a feeling of unfolding excitement as we flow through sitting, working, eating, listening, reflecting and renewing together.
Spring inherently brings forth a renewal of life and that same new life energy is beginning to emerge at Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple.......
I was reflecting on the warm and many thank yous that I have received from the sangha about the work at Heart of Wisdom. It is very encouraging. Now, I would like to shine the light on two people who have quietly and effectively given time, energy, money and their wonderful skills to Heart of Wisdom.
Yesterday, as I glanced out the window I happened to see Nan and Allen hard at work in the garden and thought what an amazing couple!
Nan and Allen Whitaker-Emrich have been a stable and mature couple at to our place of practice long before we moved to our new building. They have offered hours of encouragement and involvement in the community then turn around and pitch in to do the hard work. Nan and Allen are the roots and nourishment of Heart of Wisdom.
Nan has been the Programming Chair for many years and has worked with us to develop a yearly calendar, getting in sync with the Great Vow calendar, not an easy task. She has developed both event leaders and a cadre volunteers who support and run our events. She has juggled many people’s schedules, needs and interest with ease and joy. She’s doing remarkable work for Heart of Wisdom.
If that work hasn’t been enough, Nan has almost single handedly designed and planted our beautiful garden. Most of the mature plants that we have in this one year old garden have come from Nan and Allen’s home. She is an advocate for the garden, our events, our sangha and our temple. And don’t forget the flowers...arranged and bought by Nan.
Now let’s look at Allen. When there is a need at the Temple, Allen can be found doing it. He has taken on the janitorial task of cleaning the whole place, top to bottom each week. He mows the lawn, removes debris and supports Nan in her many projects.
Wearing another hat, Allen has been instrumental in the different recovery programs at Heart of Wisdom. After a long career as a psychologist, Allen continues to help and support this vital part of our temple offerings. He is always ready to help and is often called upon to support a sangha member in crisis.
Nan and Allen have been married for 20 some years, are so obviously in love, have families, kids and grandchildren, careers as family therapist (Nan is still working) and have been and continue to be at the core....as said earlier they are the roots and nourishment of Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple. Thank you from the whole sangha.
With deep appreciation,