Community Work Afternoons
April 16, 2014
If you are looking for a way to support the Abhayagiri community and want to connect to the residents in a working environment, then you are welcome to come join us once a month for an afternoon work project. The first three of these work periods are scheduled for the last Saturday of the month (April 26th, May 31st and June 28th). The work period will start with a work meeting at 1 pm and the work will probably end by 4 pm. You are welcome to come join us for the 11:00 AM meal and stay for tea at 4:30 pm and evening puja at 7:30 pm followed by a Dhamma talk. The work projects will include tasks requiring a range of skills and p...
Abhayagiri is Complete
I'm experiencing a very worldly delight in non-involvement, non-responsibility. It's very lovely to be visiting and not having to feel responsible for making all the threads come together. But, it's also important, and the thing I like to reflect on a lot, that the complications that are difficult are not the external ones, like the logistical nightmares of the work monk. It's more the logistical nightmares inside, that are the real troublemakers. It's always good to bring that to mind. It's not the external complications that really make the essential difference but the way we pick t...
Reception Hall Construction Updates
Reception Hall Phase 1 Completed -- Phase 2 on Hold
January 4, 2014
In mid July of 2013 we began phase 1 of construction to the new Reception Hall. Ideally, starting construction work in April is preferred; starting in July was a bit risky as we feared early fall rains would cause delays and create a messy work environment. Our contractor assured us he could get the job done, so we proceeded. Little did we know rain was not going to be a problem. All of this work was completed on time, the work was well done and it all came in at, or under, budget. Here is a brief list of all the items we completed in phase 1. structural foundations retaining walls ...