Heart of Wisdom Manager’s Notes:
Reviewing 2013, I am struck by how much our sangha has matured, steadily facing what came our way throughout the year.
I am profoundly moved by the sangha, our community which has come together to help each other, encourage each other, support each other.
A Sangha that came together to beautify our downstairs area. To make our space welcoming both environmentally and people wise.
A Sangha that supported and encouraged Leadership training as the graduation of the most recent Sanghakai group became Community Zen Leaders.
A Sangha that sat with a member for many months through the end of her life and dealing with terminal cancer.
A Sangha that extends the many hands of Kannon to those who needed extra assistance during major surgeries, cancer treatments, and significant moves.
A Sangha where the Sangha Harmony Committee’s leadership and careful consideration provided support and allowed all to be heard as several key members of our sangha moved on. With their skill our community was able to process these changes, learn and remain strong.
A Sangha that has established an intention to help the larger local community with our annual food drive for the Back Pack lunch program and the sock monkey program.
A Sangha that provided the labor necessary to complete our outside projects including digging ditches, hauling dirt, rock and compost, and weeding, mowing and planting.
A Sangha that is satisfied with its efforts but looks forward to what is next.
A Sangha that has taken on major new offerings...a Sunday morning program with child care program; a residential training program along with the work of establishing and beautifying a home while adding weekday morning sitting times at Heart of Wisdom
A Sangha that continues to value deep practice and maintaining the bridge to Great Vow.
A Sangha that deeply appreciates our Teachers and their many ways of guiding our spiritual practice.
A Sangha that is welcoming to anyone who comes through the doors offering a place of peace and refuge.
And a Sangha that can work, practice and play together...enjoying each other, helping and supporting each other....as we practice and realize the Buddha Way together.
Here we are at the beginning of another year...2014....and the quote by the Han comes to mind:
“Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Take heed. Do not squander your life.”
May our Sangha continue to provide such a rich place for us to live and grow.
With great appreciation,
Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple
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