Monday, December 13, 2010


Statues were commissioned to be made in Nepal
of bronze with gold leaf.
Ted Sundin organized the fund raiser for this project.
Eventually a special platform will be built
for them in the front of the room.

The largest statue is of Sukhasiddhi, who arrived at Buddhism late in life. She lived as an impoverished housewife and mother of six children until the age of fifty-nine. She was thrown out of her home by her husband and children, who were irate at what they considered her misplaced generosity to a stranger who came begging at their door. She wandered westward to Oddiyana (Swat Valley in modern Pakistan), where she acquired a measure of grain, with which she made alcohol. Her business proved a modest success, and she allowed herself to again be generous, this time to a female adept. Sukhasiddhi's gift of free alcohol intrigued the adept, Virupa, who asked whether his surprising benefactor wanted to receive Buddhist teaching. She did

Upon receiving empowerment and instruction from Virupa, Sukhasiddhi, then a sixty-one-year-old, attained full enlightenment that very evening. Like Niguma, her body became rainbowlike. Niguma is remembered as a wrathful, dark-brown woman who wore bone ornaments, whereas Sukhasiddhi is portrayed as a peaceful, light-skinned sixteen-year-old.

Sukhasiddhi is one of two women teachers credited with providing founding teachings for the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu lineage. She is known as a ‘wisdom dakini’, and is still considered exceptionally kind, empowering and aiding any who call upon her as part of their spiritual journey.



Origins of Tara According to Buddhist tradition, Tara was born out of the tears of compassion of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. It is said that he wept as he looked upon the world of suffering beings, and his tears formed a lake in which a lotus sprung up. When the lotus opened, the goddess Tara was revealed. White Tara displays serenity and grace. Together, the Green and White Taras symbolize the unending compassion of the goddess who labors day and night to relieve suffering.

Green Tara, above,

with her half-open lotus, represents the night, and White Tara, with her lotus in full bloom, symbolizes the day. Green Tara embodies virtuous activity while White Tara displays serenity and grace. Together, the Green and White Taras symbolize the unending compassion of the goddess who labors day and night to relieve suffering.

In Buddhist religious practice, Green Tara's primary role is savioress. She is believed to help her followers overcome dangers, fears and anxieties, and she is especially worshipped for her ability to overcome the most difficult of situations. Green Tara is intensely compassionate and acts quickly to help those who call upon her.

White Tara (Sanskrit: Sitatara; Tibetan: Sgrol-dkar), above, is sometimes called the Mother of all Buddhas and she represents the motherly aspect of compassion. Her white color signifies purity, wisdom and truth.

In iconography, White Tara often has seven eyes – in addition to the usual two, she has a third eye on her forehead and one on each of her hands and feet. This symbolizes her vigilance and ability to see all the suffering in the world. The "Tara of Seven Eyes" is the form of the goddess especially popular in Mongolia.

White Tara wears silk robes and scarves that leave her slender torso and rounded breasts uncovered in the manner of ancient India. Like Green Tara, she is richly adorned with jewels.

White Tara is seated in the diamond lotus position, with the soles of her feet pointed upward. Her posture is one of grace and calm. Her right hand makes the boon-granting gesture and her left hand is in the protective mudra. In her left hand, White Tara holds an elaborate lotus flower that contains three blooms. The first is in seed and represents the past Buddha Kashyapa; the second is in full bloom and symbolizes the present Buddha Shakyamuni; the third is ready to bloom and signifies the future Buddha Maitreya. These three blooms symbolize that Tara is the essence of the three Buddhas.

In religious practice, White Tara is believed to help her followers overcome obstacles, especially those that inhibit the practice of religion. She is also associated with longevity.


This was an event put together by the children. A Bodhisattva is one who vows never to abandon another sentient being and aspires to bring about the benefit of others above even his or her own. One aim was to help children and others see that the Bodhisattva ideal is in some way present in most of the world's religious traditions and is a key method in our own tradition for overcoming the causes of suffering. The children explored this theme through story telling.
There are grand, mythical, larger-than-life (even canonized) Bodhisattvas, and there are ordinary folks like us, moving along in that direction as best as we can --and everything in between.
The Middle Way Youth Group asked for donations of canned goods for the emergency food shelter.
In the photo above the children are singing with Lama Yeshe and Lama Pema.

Melissa Ivan speaking with Lama Yeshe
Lamas Yeshe and PemaMary, the teacher, has the children

Friday, November 19, 2010

Several Perspective of the Temple Today

Downstairs back door, above.
Part of the downstairs is rented out to an accountant.

Notice the planters that go from the downstairs section to the upstairs main floor.
Looking at the back from slightly afar
This side door, above, goes to the downstairs section where there is a library,
a business office and a room for consultations.
Looking at the upstairs front door. The Stupa is on the left.
Notice the full moon disks on the building.

Rain Garden and Stupa Changes

Jim Olson recently completed the installation of the Stupa.
It is on the left as you look at the temple.
The rain catcher is to the right on the outside.

Rain collects off the roof and drips down the chain of copper bells.
It fills the giant "bowl" and passes through onto the rocks below.
From there it flows to the neighboring wetlands.

Moon Disks

Sangha member and local artist Marie Maretska has completed two more rows of traditional decoration for KSC. The first was mounted last May--the full moon disks made of enamel on copper. The second set was recently applied to the building. They are called Ga-Kyil, which is the Tibetan word for Wheel of Joy. They encompass the joy of recognizing the interdependent and spacious nature of the mind and of all things.

Monday, November 8, 2010

LAURIE SAGER Designed the New Landscaping

Laurie Sager researched hundreds of new plants for the center.

The plants she recommended went in on Sat. November 6
thanks to a large volunteer work crew.

Lama Pema, above, usually oversees and administers
work to build and improve the center.


The average age of Sangha members is decreasing as more and more
children join teachings and work projects.
Here they are helping with the Nov. 6
workday to plant trees and plants.

Above are Sebastian's tools for helping his
mother Mariana Stowarssser, below.

Above and below are Jeff Vongruden
and his children Max and Abbey

Ronnie, Sue and Roland Skretschmann

New plants along the side of the temple.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


It was hard work shoveling and raking and sweeping and digging to bring the landscape to lush life. Some of the helpers were Nathalie Prettyman, Joanie Keller, Nancy Morgan (Norbu), Sandra Wetzel, Shirley Lawyer-Hillman, Edeltraud Muroki, Jake Myers, Valerie Muroki, David Kennedy, Toni Angel, Preston Chase, and Phyliss Douglas. Many of the volunteers weren't part of the KSC sangha before this temple was built. Our community has grown rapidly with so many new faces and helping hands.
Other helpers were Clay Colley, Dwight Van Reeth, Kathleen Meagher,
and Joannie Keller-Hand

Strawberry Tree, above

Sandra David on right.
Devon Ward-Thommes is wearing the white hat.
Often the view was of backsides as folks bent and dug.


Saturday November 6 was overcast. It didn't stop over 35 people
from rolling up their sleeves and digging into the dirt to plant trees.

Jim Olson, above, placed the tiles beneath him.
Here he is working in front of the temple to make a post to hold a stupa.

Laurie., on the left, is the landscape designer.

At the end of the day, above, the fig tree looks hardy.

This tree is planted in front of the downstairs part of the building

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Railing was Painted This Morning by Volunteers

Clay Colley, top right
Wetlands also can be seen to the right.

Joanna, above

A Rain Garden is Being Prepared

Lama Pema Clark has supervised the construction and design of
every phase of the temple.
Her commitment to sustainable, ecological building
is demonstrated throughout.