Rev. Master Saido Kennaway (below left) and Rev. Aiden Hall (below right) visited the temple in September for a week, a most enjoyable visit. Revs. Phoebe and Seikai know Rev. Saido from the early years at Shasta Abbey, he now maintains the Telford Priory, UK, and is also active as a prison Chaplain and meditation group contact person for Europe. While here he offered a wonderful talk on the Four Noble Truths, which was well received.
Rev. Aiden lived at Pine Mountain Temple in 2000 for about six months, helping the temple get established in its current location. It was remarkable to see how many things Rev. Aiden remembered that are no longer there, walking around with him made us see once again how much has happened in the course of time. Rev. Aiden brought with him a collection of paintings, done by Kevin Conners, LM, who rendered the 10 Ox Herding Pictures with a Native American theme. The pictures are currently in the dining room.
Rev. M. Saido baked a loaf of bread, and the presence of the British monks of course was a good excuse for having many cups of tea. During their visit the monks also took a day outing to the top of Pine Mountain, directly to the south of the temple. The Forest Service road has been repaired and resurfaced, making it much easier to negotiate; the views up there are spectacular.
Rev. Phoebe made a successful trip to the north during the second half of September. Tom & Judy Walters generously drove the three monks to Mt. Shasta in their van for the gathering of OBC monks which took place there beginning on the 17th. It was a chance to meet with many old monastic friends and meet some new ones as well. Rev. Phoebe was then given a ride to Redding by Rev. Leon, formerly of Pine Mountain Buddhist Temple, there to catch a plane to Victoria, BC, where she spent a week visiting Rev. Meiten McGuire. Rev. Meiten, who is now 87, invited Rev. Phoebe to come and visit her, and was delighted that she made the journey. The two of them had trained together at Shasta Abbey during the decade of the 80s. Rev. Phoebe gave two Dharma talks while in Victoria, and was taken to see some local places of interest, including the famous Butchart Gardens. She finally returned to Southern California on October 3, tired from traveling and grateful to be back home.
Revs. Phoebe and Seikai attended the annual Western Buddhist Monastics gathering, held this year in West Sacramento at the City of the Dharma Realm, which is a Chinese Buddhist nuns temple. Rev. Phoebe gave a presentation during the gathering, the theme of which was “monastic foundations”. As both monks have often attended this gathering for many years now, we have gotten to know monks and nuns from several other Buddhist monastic traditions and made many friends outside our own monastic order.
Rev. Seikai is traveling to India as this newsletter is being mailed out. He is going with a group of about 28 people from the An Lac Mission, the Vietnamese Buddhist Temple in Ventura. The group will visit all of the holy sites in India and Nepal: Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Benares, Kapilavastu and others. It is his first trip to Asia, and he will bring back many photos and stories to tell about the experience. We are very grateful to everyone who made a donation towards the cost of the trip; we did received enough to offset the whole cost – thank you!
Rev. Phoebe performing a memorial and burial of ashes for Joe Pulcinella on September 1 in the temple cemetery. Joe had been a temple resident for several months during 2012, and asked that his remains be interred at Pine Mountain Temple.