Thursday, April 29, 2010

It has been an honor to participate in the design process of this sacred space. I have already experienced a profound healing while working on the building. I came to the center on and off for the past several years. I have a long history of Vipassana practice. Tibetan pageantry, however, is beautiful.

In September I received a call from the Lamas to help them with their lighting fixtures. This project is finally going to happen! The building has taken shape.

People have shown up and offered services of various sorts. Claymon is at the helm, guiding many old and new friends who are genuinely excited. The larger community of Buddhists and non-Buddhists has also offered help. We are all very happy to be working on the space--with no fights, arguments,or egos--just healthy communication and a lot of kindness.

The dreadful economy had a very bright side. Many local artisans and true craftspeople are out of work.. These folks are grateful for the opportunity to be creative again and to make something special.

Though creative process has been most healing, watching the Dharma in motion through all the wonderful folks involved in the building took the cake. This has restored my faith in the universe and opened a door to deepen my practice. Another big bonus has been getting to spend so much time with Pema and Yeshe. Personally, I have never felt such joy while working on a project. What a gift the center is to the Dharma.

Denise Kesti Ewing

Interior Design and Lighting Consultant

Monday, April 19, 2010

Take a Look

I went back all the way to the beginning on the blog. It is magical and amazing that so much has been accomplished and transformed in less than a year. There are so many folks, Buddhists and non Buddhists, who have donated time and materials.
--Michele Martin

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Letter from Clay Colley, Volunteer Coordinator

Hello Interconnected Friends,

Today was a great day at the new center. The weather was accommodating for the stucco plasterers to finish all of their work and remove ALL scaffold from the building site !! They have cleaned up the decks and removed all equipment to their next job. What a remarkable difference in appearance and colors on the building.

The block masons have created the outline for planters in the front and a volunteer stone mason is laying flagstone outside of the lower entry on the wetlands side.

Next week will bring about more exterior changes on the elevation of the ground on the main entry and parking lot in preparation for paving. The entire downstairs walls and woodwork may be completely painted out and the two upstairs showers will be finished for our Lamas and visiting teachers.

This weekend will be our chance to clean all inside and outside windows, sand and paint all risers and skirts of both stairwells, touch up a little oiling of woodwork, paint some trim work downstairs and do an extensive cleaning on the interior and exterior. Generally speaking, just stand around in awe of this dream!

Hope to see you at 9:00. Please bring an extra broom, dust-pan and newspaper to clean windows.

Blessings to you all well-intentioned dreamers.

Stucco Mason's work near completion, scaffolding is being removed