Last morning of Rohachi
New England Peace Pagoda
Tim playing taiko during the Hana Matsuri ceremony at the D.C. dojo on Saturday. [Full story here]
9th century Akshobya Buddha, India
Chinese & East Asia gallery, Fitchburg Art Museum
SAFE AND WARM HOME FOR OUR MONKS!
FROM FRIENDS OF THE PEACE PAGODA
Friends of the peace Pagoda have been encouraged by the response from the community as we gather resources to help get the monks residence in the New Temple finished. Please read the enclosed letter to learn of our appeal. We thought you would be interested to know what is being accomplished. Needless to say, “The Storm” and its aftermath has caused a hiatus in work for the residence. A blunt reminder of all that needs to be done for weatherizing the New Temple before the winter sets in., which only serves to help us step up our efforts in reaching out to the community.
Please note: While we are snail-mailing this particular mailing, we are hoping that as many folks as possible will share their email address with us. Sharing by email makes it much more possible to send timely updates and calls for help. Please do remember to include your email on the return card.
[Message or email me if you would like more information on how you can help: email@example.com]
So if you’ve ever been to the New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett MA then you already know what an incredible place it is.
What you might not know, is that this Sunday, October 2nd (Gandhiji’s birthday) the new temple will be inaugurated after 25 years of volunteer work. It is going to be an incredible ceremony brought about by a huge amount of dedicated individuals.
Nipponzan Myohoji monks from all over the world have flown in to be at this ceremony.
As you may know I’m currently in Australia, and will be unable to make it to the ceremony. But I’m inviting you, all of you, to go and volunteer as much as you can (if you can) or at least go show support for all the work that’s gone into this beautiful structure.
You’ll be part of history!
(Tim’s Party at Elaine’s house from Left to Right: Julie, me, Tim and Elaine.)
Tim’s celebration last night was a success.The party had several different purposes.
The main reason we were…
Waking up at the dojo
Last night after Tim’s glorious celebration:| I went to Chieko-san’s house to sleep. I took a short ofuro (hottub) and felt more relaxed than I think I ever have in my life. I fell asleep pretty quickly. We came back here to the dojo at 6am for the end of morning prayers.
Chieko stayed upstairs as she is on the 3rd day of a dry fast, and has basically been chanting all 3 days. She stopped to sleep, work, and use the bathroom. Its pretty admirable.
While she was upstairs, the three monastics - Kato Shonin, Tow-bee Shonin, Sister Clare - and I had breakfast.
I brought up a book I was reading last night on Buddhism and celibacy, which sparked an interesting discussion on life, core values, love, and discipline. :|
After breakfast I did the dishes, and Sister Clare saw how exhausted I was and encouraged me to take a nap. Taking her advice, I collapsed onto the couch, fairly certain that I wouldn’t sleep.
It is now almost 12 and I am just waking up. Its just a very relaxed atmosphere today. The sound of this gentle rain falling blends with the drum, and Chieko’s chanting. SRC is on the phone, and the two monks are leaning over the two opposite ends of the table, drinking their tea and catching up on paperwork. Ahh, a beautiful day at the office.
:] <3 I’m going to finish my tea and eat cake. Aurevoir.