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