Tenjin (JudyL ) has been culling some of her bumper garlic. Its now drying in the kitchen hall. The whole area smells like an Italian restaurant!
Monday, July 11, 2011
RED MAPLE WEEK - JULY 11 Greetings to all, ***************************** Tenjin's Garden Hoe-strokes cleave the row, Expectant plant-roots reach for soil. Grass clippings tumble into the hungry composter. ******************************* 1. THIS WEEK AT RED MAPLE 1.1. JULY MAHASANGHA This coming Saturday, July 16 we celebrate our monthly Mahasangha. This month's theme is Amitabha Buddha. Innen will also have some comments on his recent presentation in Washington and 'gyo' (Tendai training period) at the Dharma Centre in New York. 1.2. MAHASANGHA REMINDERS Those who have not yet done so, let us know about attendance by Thursday, July 14. Late deciders should bring a vegetarian dish to serve 4. Friends, family and polite dogs are welcome for the breakfast. Suggested donations are * Service = $5.00; * Brunch = $7.00; * Donations to the Food Bank 1.3. FOODBANK Can we encourage people to make the next few months "bean free"? Last month, almost all of what we gave was canned beans in some form. Consider things like * crackers, peanut butter, jams * canned fruit and canned fish * cereal * juice boxes, fruit cups * all kinds of pasta * household cleaning products 1.4. PARKING For everyone's safety, we are moving towards eliminating all parking on the roadside (more on this later). Those who can, please put your vehicle in the small lot across the road (it should take 2 more vehicles). Those who need to park on the road, please only park on the house side, as much off the road-way as possible. The best place is the wider section a little back from the gate, closer to Pucker Street. 1.5. COMING PRACTICE REMINDERS: Next practice is July 23. This will be a Beginner's Mind session. 2. RELIGION EXPERTS Attached is this week's ARE feature, the other half of the two-part question on heaven and hell : " What is hell?"
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
I am now returned from the Tendai gyo (training period). It was as enjoyable and rich as ever. We did some new practices and the weather was superb. The group was all 2nd year or more, so the level of discussion and quality of cooperation very high. I got to lead two services, one evening, one morning. This year the services included a dharma talk, so I got to have some fun with that.
More at our Mahasangha on July 16.
in the dharma,Innen