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Layer by Layer, the Buddha Hall is Built – November

November brought many changes in weather—wet, cold, then snowy—but construction continues. Gradually the outer walls are rising, but most of the action has been on the ground. Many systems have components below the concrete slab foundation. Now that those systems are installed, the slab can be poured.

Sharing the Dharma Day – November

A nice-sized crowd gathered for our final Sharing the Dharma Day of 2022. After the long Covid shutdown, we are still delighted to welcome guests for the Dharma events. The day’s topic, drawn from the book, An Open-hearted Life, focused on the difference between personal distress and genuine compassion. It’s timely, in the face so many tragedies in the world news. We were inspired to share Dharma remedies and Dharma joy together.

A Precious Teaching with Geshe Yeshi Lhundup – November

The Abbey just spent six illuminating weeks with Geshe Yeshi Lhundup of Drepung Loseling Monastery in India. Offering six sessions a week, Geshe Yeshi unpacked Je Tsongkhapa’s “Illuminating the Intent.” This classic text is a commentary on Chandrakirti’s Entering the Middle Way. This was Geshe-la’s fourth teaching series on this text. This time we delved into the ten perfections and the beautiful qualities a bodhisattva develops on the way to Buddhahood. We hope he will accept our invitation to return again and again!

Our Friend Impermanence – November

Abbey life provides constant opportunities throughout the day to reflect on the reality of impermanence and selflessness. By setting a bodhicitta motivation before whatever we do – walking in nature, participating in workshops, running errands, listening to teachings, or offering service – we are consciously creating the causes for big change that will serve everyone.

Buddha Hall Tanks, Pipes, & Faswall – October

The Buddha Hall construction site is humming with activity. An enormous amount of concrete has already been poured, and crews have started to set the Faswall blocks. (See Buddha Hall Walls Go Up with Faswall to learn more.) They’ve also laid plumbing pipes and electrical conduit, and installed four enormous (30,000 pounds each!) water tanks for the Buddha Hall fire suppression system. Stay tuned. There’s lots more to do!

Abbey Life – October

You might think our outdoor season would be winding down right about now, but not yet! Buddha Hall construction and daily Dharma teachings are constantly reminding us of our aspiration to benefit all sentient beings.

Sharing the Dharma Day – October

It was great seeing so many friends come to October’s Sharing the Dharma Day (SDD). Each month on SDDs, the Abbey community and local friends take time out of our busy lives and gather together to meditate, hear teachings, share a meal, and discuss the Dharma. The opportunity to reconnect on a heart-to-heart level is very nourishing for us both. 

 

Offering Service Saturday – October

Offering Service Saturday brought local friends to help with forest thinning and mantra rolling, while a few nuns headed to Portland for a short weekend visit. We are grateful for all our support in spreading and sharing the Dharma!

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