News July 2017

April brought clear and lovely weather and so people started coming again.  The 3 day Silent Spring Retreat was attended by seven experienced participants and both monks.  The big thing this year was that Rev. Phoebe had proposed that we try to stay away from words even more than through just not talking by also not reading in the private times.  This met with some surprise and resistance at first – but when rev. Phoebe also made available paper and pencils it was not long before pictures started to appear.  It was pleasant to sit together in silence and use the other side of the brain for a bit, and those who were happy to share their pictures did so.  Of course we did have a dharma talk every day, and in the mornings between meditation periods we took a longish walk in the dry river bed and on the hills to see the wonderful wild flowers.Wild Flowers

Our work days have seen many helping hands and good progress is being made on brush  and weed clearing, as well as the taking down and processing of a couple of dead trees on the property.   We are not done yet and invite anyone to come join us on these mornings.  Work mornings end with a meditation period before lunch and a Dharma Talk after.

The first Sunday of May was the Buddha’s Birthday ( Wesak) and we had a smallish group of people here for the Saturday evening ceremony, where we read about the Buddha’s Life together.  On Sunday morning we woke up to rain, which turned to snow during morning meditation.  Several of the guests decided to leave before there was a chance of getting stuck on the pass, but a few stayed.  The snow did not fall very heavily, and to our delight at exactly 11am several cars drove in.  A group of people who meditate together in Claremont ( they have been here before on day retreats) came, and some of our regulars.  Because they were disappointed to have missed the meditation, we did a short period before rev. Phoebe gave a  delightful Dharma talk.  After the Wesak Ceremony and taking turns to ring the Bell 108 times we walked out to the Stupa with our flower offerings.    By then the sun was out and it turned into a lovely day, with a splendid potluck lunch.  The back field was awash with blue-purple wild Bluebells, interspersed with yellow Goldenbush and Mustard and orange Fiddlenecks.

Our usual grocery shopper, Dee, has been incapacitated for a while now with the effects of surgery, and so the monks are doing shopping from time to time.  We are even more appreciative of how much time and effort this takes and are sending blessings to those who help with keeping the temple provided in this way by asking what we can use before coming up for a visit or retreat!!

Al Cruz’ grave marker was delivered by a very Adolph Cruzfriendly shipper who helped rev. Phoebe put the stone in place and then stood there with her, exchanging stories about friends who have passed.  Thanks to the military to provide these beautiful markers.

One day in May rev. Seikai was sitting down in his room when he looked up and realized most of the view was taken up by something large and black.  It was a smallish black bear who wandered over to the Quan Yin fountain in front of the house and settled in for a soak.  The fountain basin used to be a bath tub, so it was not an outrageous idea.  The bear was very careful and did not disturb the fountain or bird bath, and stayed in the water, enjoying himself, while rev. Seikai stood looking at him from about 20 feet away.  Once the bear walked away we have not seen signs of him since.  Unfortunately no camera was present, so there are no pictures.

We have had 2 homing pigeons for several days each, sometimes these birds get lost and need to rest for a while.  We try to give them what they need and hope they don’t get in trouble with the local hawks while they recover.

We have a good garden again after a one year hiatus in 2016.  Rev. Seikai has returned to gardening – he was the monastery gardener at Shasta Abbey for many years – and has filled up the “glass  house” and the “green house” with vegetables.  Leafy green in particular have been plentiful: chard, spinach and lettuce.  Eggplant and tomatoes have been raised from seed and planted, and are waiting for warmer weather to flower and set fruit.  We are hoping to get some beans and squashes: really late frosts thru the end of May have made that a challenge.  Meanwhile there are also arugula, beets, carrots, green onions and cilantro doing fairly well. Over the winter we received 20 inches of rainfall, which is a very high total for our valley and this has brought about a resurgence of our ornamental gardens, trees and shrubs which had been struggling over the past five years of drought.  Of course the wildflower display this year has been spectacular.

Copies of Rev. Seikai’s book are available at the tempDepth Spiritualityle, or you can email us to send you one.  This is a dana book, meaning it has no fixed price and one is free to make a donation to the temple of any amount.

News April 2017

meditationThe months of January and February were dominated by winter weather at the temple’s location in the mountains. The five-year-long drought in California was suddenly reversed by a series of winter storms which dropped a lot of rain even in Southern California. The National Weather Service reports that our valley has received close to 15 inches of rain in 2017, and over 19 since October 1, the beginning of the “rainfall year”. Most of that rain fell in wonderfully spaced, modest storms until the last one on February 17, which produced over five inches. That storm tested our drainage improvements made in the wake of the summer downpour in 2015; everything worked fine and we sustained no damage from the runoff. Spring weather has arrived now, in March, and promises to bring with it an abundance of wildflowers such as we haven’t seen in quite a few years.

The winter rains closed our local roads for parts of January and February, and so we had very few guests as a consequence. The temple was closed as usual in January so that the monks can recharge at the end of the year and the start of the new one, but in February the weather prevented many people who wanted to visit from driving to the temple. Our February retreat was cancelled due to the rain the previous day.


During January a group of people kept in contact with each other to do the Home Practice Month ( for info please ask rev. Phoebe), and here is a sample of what occurred:

Steve wrote:  In a discussion of politics recently, I thought I was being calm and then I found myself on a cusp of anger and then just lost it and got angry. Not physical anger or name-calling anger, just a louder voice and much frustration. Later a scripture arose: “If you lost become, there will arise obstructing mountains and great rivers.” In this instance, the obstructing mountains were that which obstructed my perspective and the great rivers were rivers of emotion which swept me away. I later acknowledged my poor behavior, made bows, and resolved to try harder to see this cusp arising and work on Right Speech and Right Understanding. I noticed that my mind was pretty skillful at coming up with justifications for anger in this case, how the other person was unreasonable, and on and on. It was a chance to see my mind at work as slave of the self. On another day, I had a flare-up of a physical problem. It is most noticeable when I’m trying to sleep. It can result in poor sleep and a very long next day. Sometimes with this problem, I take the medication and follow the doctor’s orders and the problem does not abate. That was the case in the middle of a recent night. I found myself on the cusp of panic and despair. This time I did not fall into panic. I was able to keep coming back to the present and not identify with the problem. Sometimes, even when tired, I get up and meditate. There could be a scripture: “If you practice for some time, there will arise calm vistas and great bridges.” These don’t always arise for me; it’s a great comfort that there are times when they do arise. A monk once told me: perfect stillness is always present. I resolve to try harder to be open to that perfect stillness.  With Bows, Steve Murray

Thank you Steve for sharing, as I have been struggling with the precept:  “on feeding anger and hardheartedness…awaken in yourself a compassionate heart, cultivate in all beings the roots of goodness as well as the absence of controversy.” Not easy work…Changes…. As we in America witnessed the peaceful transfer of power in yesterday’s inauguration of our 45th President, I struggled with my own anger and sense of disempowerment. Yes my choice lost, yet won the popular vote by millions. And today hundreds of thousands of people march in cities for women’s rights.   How do I accept my own anger and disbelief?  Changes…How do I reconcile my dissonance with those who also live in my community? Changes… I cannot pretend that there are not these moments where my emotions flood my thinking and I suspect my behavior. How can my practice provide a path of action in my daily work life that can brings me back to my practice? Changes….With bows Gayle

Hi All. In connection with recent e-mails from Gayle and Steve, I just find it difficult not to get angry,  disheartened and overwhelmed with all the suffering and current disturbing political changes in the world.  I try to support various pressure groups who fight against the people causing the suffering, exploitation and injustices. At the same time I am aware that newspapers distort what is really going on and to divide things into black and white is also not helpful. If I didn’t try to have faith in people’s good intentions I would probably become very cynical.  If I  can just be aware when I am holding on to my own views and opinions too much and  rejecting other people’s views, that is good enough I think. I believe a lot of people are doing the best they can to make this world a better place. but we can get too caught up in this. I think we have to first accept the way things are and to accept how we are. ‘Hatred can never be appeased with hatred’ to quote an old Buddhist truth The here and now is all we ever have.  And then we can hopefully change things for the better.   To offer your meditation period to all beings who are in distress is a good practice I think. May all beings be happy.    Neil

In unsettled times when people tend to join (or be pushed into black or white) as Neil says, there seems to be a lack of true listening. When I am among those who don’t share my opinions, I’ve experienced a tendency of others to answer quickly or to interrupt—and I find myself doing that same thing.  There was a popular song written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach:

What the world needs now is love, sweet love  It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of   What the world needs now is love, sweet love  No, not just for some but for everyone

I was struck by the last line, “not just for some but for everyone.” Perhaps the best offering we can make is to try to listen and be aware that, as Neil says, a lot of people are doing the best they can—even angry or irrational people.   Some years ago, Reverend Helen gave me a poem by Mother Teresa that seems relevant:

People are often unreasonable and self-centered   forgive them anyway

Give the world the best you have and it may never be good enough  Give your best anyway

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God  It was never between you and them anyway.

With Gratitude for this group and our exchanges, Steve Murray

Dear Folks,  I’m sorry to have been pretty quiet this month, but I have deeply appreciated reading everyone’s offerings and Rod for being our facilitator.  I started a 6 month wellness program with a specialty clinic this month and I’ve been up to my ears with classes, special food regimen, tests, etc.  My focus on change has been on health and keeping me busy.  As I hear from others in the group, I have also been meditating and chewing on the issue of how to act in the world that is moving so far from my core values. I’ve been trying to be involved with some kind of positive action on a regular basis (noticing opportunities to offer empathy, being quiet or disagreeing (i.e.. if someone says something racist, etc.), without acting in an angry way when I’m around folks who disagree with my views, marching while meditating, attending meetings where folks are trying to find positive paths for resistance, watching less news (a hard one for me), subscribing to journals who are endangered, and sending a little money to organizations I believe are trying to protect the environment, free speech, civil rights,….  Frequently, working on trying to be still in the midst of it all, as thoughts and emotions ebb and flow.  I became a monk in 1971, with a group of us who had all come out of the turbulent and very political 60s.  I had been very active politically in those years.  Rev. Master Jiyu used to speak very strongly about it being wrong to be involved in political action.  Instead, we should focus on our own training, and by working on and changing ourselves, we would change the world.  I understand that view, and have seen in my own life and those of people I trained with, the power of personal change.  When my husband and I were the priors for the temple in Eugene, Oregon and meditation group in Portland, many of our congregation members would get very caught up and obsessed about what what happening in the world, and would have trouble focusing on what was happening on their own zafu.  I also remember Rev. Master Jiyu telling us about the life of her teacher, Koho Zenji.  He was sent to the monastery when he was 7 to begin his training to become a monk.  Because he was so bright, he was sent to university and became a historian.  He was responsible for making it a legal requirement that girls be taught to read in Japan.  Before that, most women were illiterate.  At other times, Rev. Master would mention Buddhist monks in Japan, who had been politicians, or soldiers, or active socially, and spoke about what was important was that they took full responsibility for their actions and did them from a pure heart.  I know that the Abbey was filling with new trainees at that time, partly because the events of the 60s threw in question the values, beliefs, and life styles many of us were raised in after WWII – especially having lives pretty devoid of a meaningful spiritual path.   The whole question of how does a Buddhist behave when the government is threatening human rights has been something I’ve chewed on for a long time.  I think that Rev. Master saw protests on TV and assumed that everyone participating in resistance was in an angry, polarizing state of mind.  That was true of many, but, from my experience, not everyone.  For myself, I feel, as a lay person, living in the world, instead of a monastery, and as a parent and a grandparent concerned about the world my grandchildren will inherit, that I have a responsibility to find ways to participate in being present with actions that voice my beliefs and best wishes for our country and our planet.   As someone who is 70, instead of 20, mostly I feel a sense of deep grief about what I see happening, rather than the anger and fear of my youth, though those emotions can pop up.  The need to act, in the public arena, even if it is in very small ways, is something I’ve made peace with what is best for myself.  I hope I am taking steps that are in harmony with my Buddhist training and am not causing harm to others.  I wish everyone a peaceful and hopeful year ahead, and I look forward to another training month later in the year.  With bows, Joanne————-

At the Temple we are now back to our usual routine of weekend activities, including work Saturdays, Saturday Dharma talks and Sunday ceremonies and Dharma talks.

Near the end of December, our fearless dog Jasper, trying to chase off a group of four or five coyotes, got himself pretty seriously chewed up in a fight. Luckily Rev. Seikai was nearby to run the coyotes off, but Jasper had multiple puncture wounds and we took him to a vet in Ojai, as our usual vet in Taft was not working that day. The vet shaved off a lot of fur, treated wounds and sent Jasper back home, but in the end we made three trips, and Jasper spent two overnights at the vet when it appeared for a while that we was giving it up and ready to die. Modern veterinary medicine saved the day; Jasper was given I.V. medications and later an appetite stimulant, he started eating and drinking again and soon there was noticeable improvement. The vets were amazingly kind and generous, writing off one whole day’s vet bill of ultrasound and other treatment. We hope one day Jasper might begin to learn that discretion is the better part of valor where coyotes are concerned, but meanwhile he is back to being his old self.

As Rev. Phoebe’s birthday (March 11) approached we invited our members and friends to come and join us for the day to celebrate. Sixteen people joined us that Saturday for a morning of temple cleaning, working in the garden and doing trail maintenance, followed by a lavish potluck feast which included two birthday cakes. Since we hadn’t had a largish gathering of people in the temple for a while, it was a chance for everyone who came to meet new people and get caught up with old friends. It was a warm spring day and very enjoyable. Our longtime congregation members Asha and Teresa, who have relocated from Arcata to Sacramento, came for a visit of several days which spanned that weekend. The four of us took the opportunity of being together to go on a whale-watching boat trip in the Channel Islands. As luck would have it, we encountered both humpback and grey whales. Humpback whales are large, impressive creatures, and the ones we saw were surfacing to breathe while following a pod of dolphins, but the grey whales put on an impressive show, actually breaching up into the air near our boat. It seemed clear they knew we were there to watch them, and they obliged with a bit of whale breaching.

The political upheaval which is going on in America is something we cannot simply ignore, pretending that it has nothing to do with us or our Buddhist practice. We are all affected by what is going on to varying degrees; some people are very sensitive to political matters and others less so, but none of us live in a vacuum. The monks have been looking for ways to talk about this turn of events from the perspective of Buddhist practice and training, as opposed to the perspective of political action. We have nothing against political action, but it is just not our realm of expertise or involvement. And we also believe that for political action to be truly effective, it has to come from a deeper place spiritually than what we typically witness in the world at large. Just taking sides, based on your particular belief system, and jumping into the fray falls short of what it means to practice enlightened action in Buddhism. Trying to bridge the communication gap, which seems to grow wider all the time, learning to listen to diverse and opposing views without dismissing them straight off, are not easy things to do but they are what will actually help the situation. It’s possible that things have gotten so far out of whack that nothing really can be done at this point, but that possibility should not prevent us from doing the best we can to turn it in the right direction. In light of all this, Rev. Seikai put together a ceremony, “Prayer Vigil for the Spiritual Well-being of America” as a way for people to reground themselves, and reconnect with what the Buddha taught about these things. We held the ceremony for the first time on March 12, and the six of us who participated all felt like it touched something deep within ourselves, giving us all a positive focus for our efforts on a spiritual level. We hope that as time goes on we will be able to introduce more people to the ceremony and its message of loving kindness and understanding.

We included The Prayer of Saint Francis in the prayer vigil ceremony:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

From Rev. M. Jisho


By Rev. Master Jisho Perry

This time of year is a time for celebration. I’ve associated it with Handel’s hallelujah chorus from the Messiah for many years. This year the poet/singer song writer Leonard Cohen died the day before the election. I had listened to his music in the 60’s but not since becoming a monk in 1971. I read recently of his life and heard his song “Hallelujah” which is a very Buddhist song. It is a song of joy in the midst of suffering. He had been a Buddhist monk for 4 or 5 years so it is not a surprise that Buddhist teaching manifested itself in his music.

This is not a jubilant hallelujah of Handel welcoming a savior. In Buddhism we have to save ourselves by converting our ignorance into understanding and wisdom through Compassion. The Buddha’ First Noble Truth is to accept the inevitable reality of the human condition, that suffering exists. I once asked a high school class: “what is suffering?” A young woman replied: “Wanting things to be other than they are.” The Buddha then went on the explain  the cause and the cure of suffering. He described his enlightenment as “Seeing things as they Truly are.” He’s referring to Absolute Truth, which understands on a very deep level the Purity, immaculate Emptiness, of the Radiant Buddha Mind that fills and contains all things. The Buddha is also referring to seeing the perfection or the ideal within the actual.

I have faith in the Buddhist teaching that evil is vanquished and good prevails, even if I can’t always see it yet. Suffering is created in our minds and hearts when the external circumstances are not what I would like or want. Meditation is the opening of the Heart to convert the actual by inviting Compassion to arise and cleans our distress. There is joy in this practice. It is frequently a quiet, restrained  hallelujah, seeing of the glimmer of light within the darkness.

So this is a holiday greeting of a quiet and restrained Hallelujah. And a recent photo of the mountain in its winter clothing. With thoughts of loving kindness, Jisho

Mount Shasta
Mount Shasta

Meditation Sundays

Starting on December 4th, and continuing in 2017, we will have a different schedule once a month, with a Meditation Sunday.    Meditation periods of 30 minutes will be alternated with 15 minutes of Walking Meditation, and you may join at any time at the beginning of a section.  We will keep Noble Silence for the entire period and ask that you respect that when you arrive.

Sitting Meditation starts at 10:15 am, and again at 11 am and 11:45 am.  A short Dharma Talk may be given during any of those periods, and we will share a vegetarian lunch at around 1 pm.


We offer the merit of our Thanksgiving Day Ceremony to all who have made offerings to this temple of their training, of their time, money, wealth, food and drink, clothing and all other requisites of life.  We especially give thanks to Rev. Master Houn Jiyu, to all the monks of our monastic order, to the greater Buddhist Sangha, and to our members who make this temple possible.  We thank all those who have visited here in the past year, to all who make deliveries or provide services, to our neighbors, to this valley and all living beings who give it life and share their lives with us.  We pray for peace in all the world, we pray that evil may be overcome by good, we pray for the peace of this temple and for the cessation of all disaster.  Homage to all the Buddhas in all worlds. Homage to all the Bodhisattvas in all worlds.  Homage to the Scripture of Great Wisdom.

Autumn Retreat

Autumn Retreat
Rev. Seikai, Judy, Rev. Phoebe, Rafael, Jim, Meredith, Judy, Steve, Jennifer, Bert, Beth, Laurie,  and Nancy took the photo

This years Autumn Retreat focused initially on various chapters from Rev. M. Meiten’s book “Reflections on the Path”.  Since the election results had come out the day before, we had a good opportunity to ground ourselves in the practice and teaching while looking at our responses to circumstances in real time.  The participants all have tens of years of training behind themselves,  and the maturity was a joy to witness.   As you can see we were all smiling at the end of the retreat, determined to keep the Dharma perspective with us wherever we are.

The Autumn Retreat happens in November, and starts on Thursday afternoon, ending on Sunday.  It is for people who have taken the Precepts and have done at least one weekend retreat here before.  In January we decide on which book to read for the next retreat and discussions are a large part of the schedule.

In April we have a similar retreat, but this one is silent except for one short Dharma talk every day.  Please contact the temple if you are interested in attending the Spring or Autumn Retreat.

Trip to Shasta Abbey

Shasta Trip Group

On Friday November 5 Day, Dee, Bert, Rev. Phoebe, Rev, Seikai and Steve (from left to right in front of Rev. M. Jiyu’s Stupa) drove up to Shasta Abbey, where we were joined by Benjamin  (center) who came over from Eureka.  We spent the weekend with the Shasta Abbey community and guests to remember Reverend Master Jiyu, who died 20 years ago.  Several of our group had been given the Precepts by her, and it was good to show our gratitude this way.

Baby Blessing

On October 16 we had a surprise visit from Maki and Robby, who brought their 3 month old son Brumi to be blessed and see the Buddha.  He was very focused and sweet, and a seed was no doubt planted in his young heart.  May he have a long and happy life and bring many blessings to every being he meets.


In Memoriam Al Cruz

Al Cruz
Al Cruz

Al Cruz, born in 1936, died on July 28, 2016, in his home in Bakersfield.  We were notified of his death by one of his many nieces: Al came from a large family and grew up in Oxnard.  He was a member of the Santa Barbara Buddhist Priory years before the temple moved to the Ozena Valley and became Pine Mountain Temple in 2000. Working at the former State Mental Hospital Al became friends with Dee, and introduced her to the Zen practice at the SB Priory.   Al was a very regular presence at the temple, would come most weekends and attend retreats.  Upon arrival he would invariably ask: “What can I do?”  Later he moved to Bakersfield and continue to come until various health problems caught up with him and he could no longer make the drive.  We miss Al and offer our condolences to his family and friends.  Al had always spoken fondly of his practice and so his family arranged for a funeral and burial of his ashes at the temple, on October 2nd.  Twenty people came and many spoke of their memories of Al’s kindness and steady example in practice.  After the burial we shared a lovely potluck lunch.Farewell Stone

Funeral Altar

Blessings Al's Memory

News October 1, 2016

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News October 1, 2016

The second part of June and all of July we had lots of visiting practitioners, several of whom stayed for a week or more, and on Sunday july 17 we were pleasantly surprised by having 15 people for the Kshtigarbha Ceremony and delicious potluck lunch.  Kshtigarbha is the Bodhisattva of Optimism and Courage and our temple is dedicated to him.  There are many smaller statues of this figure on the temple grounds, and a large gold colored one is on top of one of our hills, overlooking and protecting the valley.

On July 29 Paul Herren took the Precepts and became one of our temple members, we welcome him and wish him well in his practice.
paul herren ord
Temple members help us in many ways, through their commitment to do their own meditation and training, and their regular presence, and by making a financial pledge which makes it possible for us to continue to live from donations and offer anyone who wishes to share in our practice without having to set a fee.  The benefits of being a member are practical in that you become part of a group of like minded people who can support you in your practice, and deeply spiritual on a personal level where the fruits of commitment develop.

We encourage anyone who is serious about their practice, to consider becoming a member, and talk about that to another member or one of the monks.

There was a forest fire on the far side of Pine Mountain that went on for about 3 weeks, the temple was never in danger but it was good to be reminded of the need for clearing the grounds ( which we had done already), and being prepared for evacuation.  We had several generous offers of a place to stay, and help with transportation in case of need, and were grateful not to have to make use of those.  It is good to know those offers are there, and we do keep them in mind.

In August the monks were able to go away for a much needed period of rest and renewal and family visits, we had Chris here as caretaker and Bert, Dee, Paul and Beth all came out regularly to keep him company and make sure he had enough food.  The dogs bonded even more in the three weeks of living together without their persons, and are now almost inseparable.


Rev. Lambert (center of photo) is a monk of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives who lives in Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey in England. Throssel Hole is the sister monastery of Shasta Abbey in northern California. Rev. Lambert has been visiting the U.S. this year, spending most of his time at Shasta Abbey. He was able to get away for a week to visit us, from September 13—20. He enjoyed his time at the temple, helping with the making of “ihais” in our work shop, coming on a hiking trip to the top of Reyes Peak, the highest point on Pine Mountain (for which our temple is named) and exploring the immediate area around the temple. Rev. Lambert gave a Dharma talk on Sunday, Sept. 18, which was well received. He will return to the UK in December after about a year in America.

Trip to Shasta Abbey

The two monks and several lay members will be traveling to Shasta Abbey in early November, which marks the 20th anniversary of the death of our master, Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett. A memorial ceremony will be held, and a slide and film showing of scenes from her life. Dee has offered her van as transportation for the entire group.

September has started off calmly,  we have one resident trainee, Travis.  We were given a lot of wood that needs processing, and had to take down a couple of dead trees ourselves as well, so there is no shortage of firewood.

Two new fish were born in our pond and made it to full fish-hood,  which is a sign of good pond health and a pleasure to see.  The vegetable gardens had a hard time this summer, and not even zucchinis are making it.  Fortunately we are not farmers and don’t depend on those for our livelihood.  Perhaps the winter garden will fare a bit better.

Our heating ducts are in need of repair and maintenance; we have a very good father and son team who have done work for us for years, and will take on the job.  If you would like to help pay for this big project, please make your donation to our Building Fund, which includes maintenance.


                                           with Gratitude

As well as generous offerings of food and drink the monks received:  office supplies, gardening supplies, art supplies, Paper towels, TP and napkins, a food blender, a coffeemaker, garden hose, cleaning supplies, phone minutes, books, printed cards, medication, flowers, a pan, many tools, the loan of a wood splitter and firewood.

                                               Begging Bowl

The Temple can use:     Lysol Toilet cleaner, de-Solvit or Orange Oil, Forever stamps first class and Global, Large plastic bags for recycling, paper towels, paper plates, organic Peanut Butter, mixed nuts, Nature’s Miracle stain and odor remover, solar powered lights for our paths, candles for the meditation hall ( white, 3″ dia), white vinegar for cleaning, tofu and pasta.