Poster on 5/24/13
Rev. Master Daishin Yalon and Rev. Enya Sapp spoke about Buddhism and the practice of Serene Reflection Meditation at Professor Kathy Krauss’s World Religions Class at Rogue Valley Community College on April 16
On April 18, Rev. Veronica Snedaker received Transmission from Rev. Master Jisho Perry, and is now wearing mokuran vestments. We wish her well as she deepens her training.
On April 19, Rev. Enya Sapp received the purple vestments of a Senior Teacher from Rev. Master Daishin Yalon. We look forward to her expression of the Dharma.
We are delighted that Rev. Master Oswin Hollenbeck and Rev. Allard Kieres have permanently joined the Shasta Abbey community. Rev. Master Oswin had been Prior at the Eugene Buddhist Priory for the past 15 years. Rev. Allard, Rev. Master Oswin’s disciple, was ordained in August, 2012.
On May 10, we welcomed Rebecca Giordano as a postulant. We wish her well as she explores this next step in her training.
Happy Buddhist New Year 2557! Over the May 17-19 weekend, we celebrated “...this glorious Wesak Day…” with joyful ceremonies, inspiring music, a delightful picnic and the traditional ringing of the great Temple bell! Rev. Master Haryo, the Head of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, gave the Sunday Dharma Talk on Lessons From the Woodpile.
Posted on 4/21/13
On Tuesda3y, April 9, Rev. Master Jisho was celebrant at the Memorial for James and Mary Kiel, parents of Larry and Hue Kiel. Members of the congregation, as well as the community of monks, attended. Following the ceremony, Rev. Master Jisho and Marie Mitchell accompanied Larry, Hue and members of their family to spend some time on Mount Shasta.
When they returned the family shared a convivial lunch with the monks and our lay residents.
On Wednesday, April 10, Rev. Master Haryo was celebrant for the Memorial for Rev. Master Chushin Passmore who died
in early March in Wales. Rev. Master Chushin was ordained by Rev. Master Jiyu in 1977 and trained at Shasta Abbey until the 1980s, and we welcomed him to the Abbey several times in later years. The Memorial included some of the beautiful ceremonial music written by Rev. Master Chushin, as well as a recording of him singing his invocation, All Is One.
Rev. Master Meiten, Founder and Prior of the Vancouver Island Zen Sangha visited with us during the week from April 4 through April 11. It was a delightful visit that included celebration of her 87th birthday, complete with cake and ice cream!
Posted on 4/4/13
On Wednesday, February 27, Rev. Master Ando gave the Precepts to Daniel William Dirck before he returned to his home in Chicago.
RM Serena visited with the Chico Serene Reflection Meditation Group March 6 - 7. She stayed at the Sky Creek Dharma Center, talked with the Group on Wednesday evening, and had an early brunch with Group members on Thursday morning.
RM Daishin led a retreat with the Bear River Meditation Group on Saturday, March 16, giving a talk on the Four Wisdoms.
Rev. Renee offered the animal shelter blessing for the animals and staff at the Siskiyou Humane Society. We try to do this once a month, and all present, animals, staff and monks, seem to benefit greatly from the blessing and offering of merit.
At Jukai this year, during the week of ceremonies that make up the Keeping of the Ten Precepts Retreat, we welcomed sixteen new lay ordinands into the family of the Buddhas and Ancestors, including Marjorie Lovering Black, Natalie Jo Camino, Laura Masin Clark, MaryAnn Katharine Czermak, Camari Forslind, Jonathan David Geisert, Christopher William Hart, Rebekah Lynn Hedemann, George Herschel McMullen, Judith Anne McMullen, Walter Stanley Powers, Linda Carol Sanchez, Robert Joseph Sanchez, Martin Robert Sochet, Trinity Nicole Treat and Jennifer Leigh VanVolkinburg. All who participated in this year’s Jukai, monks and laity alike, appreciated the opportunity to renew their commitment to the Precepts and re-dedicate themselves to the practice. We congratulate our new lay Buddhists on this taking this serious, yet joyful, step in their training. We will have pictures here soon.
Posted on 2/27/13
On Saturday, February 23 Rev. Master Meian was celebrant at a Memorial for Luke Lambert, 26, who died in January. More than 50 people attended, including his mother, Linda, who lives in Mount Shasta. Luke’s father, Roy Lambert, a former congregation member, died a year ago.
We are sorry to tell you that after much reflection, Rev. Berthold Olson returned to lay life on Sunday, February 24. He was a monk with us for 22 years and had been practicing in this tradition since 1976. We are grateful for his many years of monastic training, his generous teaching and his many offerings to the monastic and lay Sangha, and we wish him well as he takes this next step in his training. He intends to visit the Abbey from time to time, and we will always be glad to see him.
On Tuesday, February 26, Rev. Master Shiko was celebrant at the funeral for Marilyn Sparks. Her husband, Roger, brought her ashes from Vancouver, Canada, where they have been part of the Lions Gate Priory congregation for many years. It was a beautiful ceremony, and as always, we were honored to be asked to do it.
Posted on 2/11/13
Sherry Ackerman and Polly Robinson presented a lovely concert of holiday music and Buddhist poetry for us on Thursday, December 27. The recorder music and the readings were very well received. We are most grateful for this generous offering of time and talent.
Over the Christmas holidays our area received close to 4 feet of snow! Our New Year Celebratory Retreat was certainly snow-covered, but with a significant shoveling effort out by our big bell, all were able to ring in the New Year shortly after midnight.
We are most grateful for the opportunity to spend January in quiet reflection and reduced activity. Thank you for the generosity that allowed us to take this much appreciated renewal time. Now we are happy to begin our spring training term with all that it brings us.
We congratulate Rev. Master Oswin Hollenbeck as he takes on the position of OBC Executive Secretary. And we are delighted that Rev. Master Scholastica is “returning” to the Shasta Abbey community.
Over the weekend of February 8 - 10 twenty-two lay people participated in our first Introductory Retreat of 2013. We appreciated their keenness in keeping to the retreat schedule, as well as the help they gave the Abbey in stacking wood and helping in the kitchen, sacristy and the guesthouse.
Posted on 12/21/12
At evening tea on 13th December Rev. Master Meian, with the blessing of Rev. Master Haryo and the other masters of the monastery, named Rev. Serena Seidner as a Master of the Order and presented her with a Master's tassel. We congratulate Rev. Master Serena as she takes this next step in her training.
Rev. Master Daishin and Rev. Enya visited the Bear River Meditation Group for a Potluck and Giving Ceremony on December 17th. The Group gathered at the Applegate Community Center for a delightful meal. Following this, Rev. Master Daishin was celebrant at the annual Giving Ceremony in which offerings to the Abbey are made. The offerings came in many forms: food for both Abbey monks and animals, clothing, toiletries, office supplies and more. Rev. Master Daishin then gave a Dharma talk. We are very grateful for the hospitality shown to the visiting monks, as well as for the most generous offerings provided.
We wish you joy for the holidays and blessings in the New Year.
Posted on 12/12/12
The monastic community held the traditional Rohatsu Retreat from December 1 - 8 in preparation for the Festival of the Buddha’s Enlightenment on December 8th. We put down our various monastic responsibilities to sit singlemindedly, as
far as possible for seven days, celebrating the Festival of the Buddha’s Enlightenment on the 8th, which was the end of our Fall Monastic Term. We are grateful for your kindness and the generosity that allows us to take this “sweet time of meditation.
We are delighted that as of December 1st, Rev. Margaret Clyde has officially
taken up residence here. She had been at the Portland Priory since 2009.
Posted on 10/22/12
Alex Platt entered the postulancy on September 25th. We wish him all the best as he takes this step toward monastic ordination.
The October 5 -7 Introductory Retreat was held in beautiful weather for 11 lay guests. The retreat participants were quite keen throughout the weekend which ended with the Festival of Bodhidharma Bodhisattva, Rev. Master Jisho’s Dharma Talk, Looking At What The Mind Really Is, and tea at the picnic area.
A number of monks were traveling during the first two weeks in October:
*Rev. Master Meian and Rev. Master Daishin attended the Soto Zen Buddhismt Association Conference at Great Vow Monastery October 3 - 7. There were almost ninety participants, and many of the discussions focussed on the training of Soto Zen Buddhist priests in the West. It was a pleasure to reconnect with old friends from other lineages and meet new ones. Rev. Amanda accompanied our two monks and was able to spend time with Rev. Master Meiko at the Portland Buddhist Priory.
* Rev. Master Jisho and Rev. Berthold, seven Roman Catholic Benedictine and Trappist monks, six other Mahayana and Theravada Buddhist monks met at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas from October 8-12, 2012 in a interfaith gathering: Monks in the West III. Sponsored by Monastic Interreligious Dialogue and four Buddhist organizations and monasteries, this retreat was the third in a series of dialogues that began in 2006. Participants enjoyed conversation, liturgy, meditations, meals and walks, as well as a visit to Abhayagiri Forest Monastery. Topics included how monks and lay trainees are formed in our different traditions, the aging of monastic communities, senior monk burnout and the right use of technology. Future gatherings are planned and the exchange was both refreshing and strengthening of the resolution to serve both God and the Buddha with wisdom and compassion.
*Rev. Master Meian and Rev. Valora visited the Chico Meditation Group on October 12-13, for a potluck meal on Friday evening followed by a Dharma discussion, and meditation, Morning Service, breakfast and a discussion on Saturday morning.
*Rev. Astor led a half day retreat on October 13 for the Bear River Meditation Group. The day began with meditation and the Avalokiteshwara Bodhisattva ceremony. She then shared photos from the Sakyadhita Conference held last June in Thailand. The theme of the conference was "Leading to Liberation". It was attended by about 200 female monastics from around the world, most from Eastern Asia. The conference was held in a large garden temple in the midst of Bangkok. Reverend Astor also shared some of the many experiences she had that relate to Dharma practice. The morning retreat was followed by lunch and a walk along the North Fork of the American River..
*Rev. Master Ando visited the Susanville Group at the Zephyr Forest Dharma Center over the weekend of October 12-14. She offered a retreat on Saturday.
We offer our heartfelt congratulations to Rev. Master Astor and Rev. Master Scholastica who were named Masters of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives on October 19.
Posted on 9/25/12
On Saturday, September 22, the Friends of Shasta Abbey (FOSA) organized a workday at the Abbey. We are most grateful for all the help in moving firewood and cleaning the grounds, as well as putting up the last two solar panels
of our new Guesthouse building. FOSA also provided a tasty lunch which we all enjoyed together outside at the picnic tables.
Rev. Vivian is visiting Throssel Hole Buddhist Monastery for six months. This is a wonderful opportunity for her to get to know our Dharma family better.
We’ve welcomed RM Oswin from the Eugene Buddhist Priory and his disciple Rev. Allard, who will be with us here at the Abbey for the next year. We are grateful to have them train here with us.
Posted on 8/28/12
Rev. Master Daishin was celebrant for the funeral for Albert William Spence III held on August 15. One of Mr. Spence’s daughters and two of his grandsons from Northern California, as well as a dear friend from Maine, attended and spoke of how deeply moved they were by the ceremony.
On August 17, the 49th day since her death, we celebrated a Memorial for Rowena Muirhead, a much loved former monk here at the Abbey. Rev. Master Meian was celebrant.
On Saturday, August 18, monks and lay friends enjoyed an invigorating walk by Lake Siskiyou followed by a picnic lunch by the side of the lake. The smoke held off and the morning was pleasantly cool. The annual Sangha Walk has become a delightful tradition that we all look forward to.
Rev. Master Daishin, Rev. Master Jisho, Rev. Scholastica and Rev. Enya attended John Kieres’ ordination at the Eugene Buddhist Priory on August 19. Rev. Master Oswin gave his first monastic disciple the name Houn Allard, which means Noble Steadfastness within the Dharma Cloud. We congratulate both Rev. Master Oswin and Rev. Allard and wish them many years of training together.
During the week of August 19 - 26 Rev. Master Kinrei, the Prior of the Berkeley Buddhist Priory, led the Teachings of Great Master Bodhidharma Retreat. 18 retreat guests, and a number of our local congregation members, attended the Dharma Talks and discussions, and participated in the retreat schedule. The Dharma Talks are available online by clicking here. We are very grateful for Rev. Master Kinrei’s generous teaching during this retreat.
On Saturday, August 25th, we had a funeral for our cat Yum Yum, who died of kidney failure at the age of 14. Her fellow resident of the Sangha House, Katisha, died on August 7th, so it’s been a double loss.
Posted on 8/18/12
Two Chinese bikkhunis, Ven. Fa Weh and Ven. Zu Zai, visited the Abbey from August 3—7. They participated in the Abbey schedule, coming to monks’ tea and offering a lovely meal to the community. They did a bit of sight-seeing, including taking a boat ride on Lake Siskiyou with Rev. Alethea, Rev. Vivian, and Rev. Chandra. We were very grateful for their training with us, and for their generosity.
On Tuesday, August 7, Rev. Master Haryo returned to the Abbey after being at Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey since August of last year. We welcome him back with joy!
On Wednesday and Thursday, August 8 and 9, Rev. Berthold visited the Chico Serene Reflection Meditation Group. He offered a Dharma Talk to the group, and enjoyed picking 300 pounds of plums with members of the group at Roger Trent’s orchard. Needless to say, there were many monks waiting at the Abbey kitchen to help unload this very kind offering when Rev. Berthold returned to the monastery.
On Saturday, August 11, we welcomed two busloads of Vietnamese visitors from the Bay Area. The 110 visitors arrived mid-morning and went immediately to the Buddha Hall to offer bows and chanting and to hear a Dharma Talk given by Rev. Master Daishin. The group then had a picnic lunch with the community and left the Abbey mid-afternoon. We are most grateful for their visit, as well as for their generous offerings to us. This has been an annual event for the last few years, and we all greatly enjoy the visit. It is a great blessing for us all.
On Monday evening, August 13, Sherry Ackerman, Pauli Robinson and Ron Hart presented a chamber music recital for Rev. Master Hubert. Rev. Alethea, Rev. Vivian, Rev. Chandra, Rev. Helen, Rev. Amanda and Rev. Bridin also attended. The elegant concert was held at Sherry’s home and included recorder dances and three pieces by William Byrd for clarinet, harpsichord and recorder. Following the musical presentation all enjoyed a tasty blackberry dessert and herbal teas.
Posted on 7/24/12
We are making great progress with our new Guesthouse building. Rev. Master Daishin and Rev. Master Chosei, with help from our lay friends, completed the basic roof and have finished the basic structure of the porch and entryway.
On Saturday, July 21st, Rev. Master Ando offered a full day retreat for the Bear River Meditation Group that included periods of meditation and ceremony, a Dharma talk on The Scripture of Great Wisdom with open discussion and questions, and a potluck lunch. Ten group members attended the event held at the Applegate Community Center.
On Monday, July 23rd, Rev. Helen spent the morning at the Shasta Methodist Camp talking about Buddhism with 30 Methodist pastors and congregation members from Northern California and Nevada. The group ranged in age from teens to a sprightly 70. They asked insightful questions and, in true Wesleyan spirit, sang the Dedication of Merit, The Metta Sutra, and May All Beings Be Happy with gusto and joy!
Posted on 7/17/12
We are making progress with our new Guesthouse
building. Our externs sacristans, Rev. Master Daishin
and Rev. Master Chosei - with help from our lay friends
- have put up the walls and are working on the roof
of this new addition to our Guesthouse.
Over the past few years the Abbey has been working to increase
our use of solar energy, and our target for this year was our Guest House, Vimalakirti Hall. Our intent was to add solar panels to the
existing array on the roof. Sounds simple. Upon investigation we
learned that in order to add that much weight to the roof we
would have to do a considerable amount of excavation inside the
building to provide the necessary foundation support. That was
not an attractive choice since it would make part of the guest
house unusable during the summer, so we began to look at
alternatives. The first was to build a large structure to hold the
panels, a simple but not particularly attractive solution. Then
someone suggested that we add a small building next to the guest house, put the panels on the roof, thus
creating two offices for the Guestmasters and freeing up the current offices for use as guest rooms. Lemons
into lemonade! Construction is now underway and we are all very pleased to have found a solution that offers
us a beautiful new building and increases the number of guest room.
On Saturday, July 7, Rev. Master Jisho was celebrant for an animal funeral for Steve and Eloise Larsen’s dog, Ernie, who died after a long illness. Ernie was a little pug with a big heart, who endeared himself to many of us.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, July 10 -11, Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, of Chico Hospital for Cats and the Cat Hospital of Portland offered a clinic for the Abbey cats. We are grateful for her professional expertise and her compassionate care.
From Tuesday, July 10 through Sunday, July 15 seventeen lay friends ranging in age from young to old took part in the Introduction to Silent Meditation Retreat. The retreat started with meditation instruction, and throughout the retreat there were opportunities to ask questions about meditation and to check meditation postures. Participants heard Dharma Talks that introduced them to the basics of Buddhism, and they spent time in working meditation helping with firewood, in Sacristy and the Guesthouse, and in the kitchen. We are grateful for their contributions to the upkeep of the monastery.
Rev. Master Oswin recently came for a 12-day visit, and Rev. Alethea is staying with us for about a month. As always, we have enjoyed having our fellow monks come and spend some time with us.
Posted on 7/07/12
Members of the Bear River Meditation Group - Jan Phillips, Andrea Spark and Pam Johnson - spent 4 days at the Abbey from June 28 - July 1 to help reorganize our library. They installed new shelving and rearranged the old, making books more accessible. They put in new lighting, as well as a backup system for the library computer. There is still further work to do but the library now is a much more spacious and welcoming place to read and study the Dharma. We are very grateful for this most generous offering.
On July 3, Rev. Amanda was celebrant for JoAnn Keifer’s dog Boo’s Memorial. Boo, who was 15-years old, died at the end of June. Following the ceremony participants had tea and 4th of July cupcakes with lots of the frosting that Boo so much enjoyed.
On July 4 we celebrated Independence Day with the Festival of the Fourth of July in the morning, and then a festive picnic in the afternoon. Over 50 people joined us in the picnic area to enjoy a potluck meal and the delights of the Sangha treasure.
Posted on 06/26/12
We hope you can join for our two Meditation Retreats in July. Please check the calendar or contact the Guestmaster with any questions you have about these upcomng retreats.
July 10 – 15, 2012
Introduction to Serene Reflection Meditation Retreat
What is Serene Reflection Meditation? And how is it helpful in meeting the demands of daily life? How important is it in the practice of Buddhism? An Introductory Retreat introduces guests new to Shasta Abbey to the Serene Reflection (Soto Zen) practice in a monastic setting. It provides down-to-earth help for taking this practice back into daily life outside the monastery gates. Within the monastic schedule, and in silence as much as possible, Introductory Retreats offer meditation instruction, short periods of seated meditation, Dharma Talks and informal discussions with time for questions. The retreat concludes with an informal tea for retreat guests, monks and our local congregation.
July 25 – 29, 2012
Serene Reflection Meditation Retreat
“Just sitting” — meditation — is one of the pillars of Soto Zen Buddhism. It is a powerful means of transforming the three poisons of greed, anger, and delusion in order to bring compassion, love, and wisdom to our daily lives. This retreat provides formal meditation periods throughout the day, as well as opportunities to ask questions about your meditation posture and practice.
Posted on 06/25/12
Our dear old dog, Moggi, died on June 16th. Rev. Enya was with him as he died peacefully at the Compassionate Friend Hermitage. Moggi was one of Miriam King’s dogs who came to us when she died and left her property to us to become the Hermitage. He was a bright and cheerful presence here at the Abbey over the many years he was with us, despite old age and and poor health in his latter years. A number of monks went out to the Hermitage for his funeral, with Rev. Master Daishin as celebrant, and he was buried there, at his former home.
During the week of June 17-24 twenty four lay friends stayed at the Abbey for The Teachings of Reverend Master Jiyu Kennett Retreat. Several others stayed in Mount Shasta and came to the Abbey for the retreat activities. During the retreat, Rev. Masters Meian, Daishin, Jisho, Ando, Shiko and Kodo offered reflections on her teachings, her training and her life, with particular emphasis on their relevance to our daily practice in 2012. Informal discussions were also held that also included those senior teachers as well as Rev. Master Chosei, Rev. Astor, and Rev. Scholastica. On Saturday we held a Memorial Ceremony for Reverend Master Jiyu, including a Stupa circumambulation, and an evening presentation that included video clips of Reverend Master and the Great Enlightenment slideshow. The retreat ended on Sunday, June 24, with a social brunch for all retreat participants and lay congregation from Mount Shasta. The whole week was an expression of deep gratitude on the part of all who attended. The retreat Dharma Talks are available by clicking here.
The new Order of Buddhist Contemplatives' website is avaiable at http://obcon.org/. It is an excellent source of information on the OBC, as well as offerings ofthe Dharma in a range of essays and audio Dharma Talks.
Posted on 06/17/12
This is a sketch of the new solar office building currently under construction nex to the guest house.
Over the past few years the Abbey has been working to increase our use of solar energy, and our target for this year was our Guest House, Vimalakirti Hall. Our intent was to add solar panels to the existing array on the roof. Sounds simple. Upon investigation we learned that in order to add that much weight to the roof we would have to do a
considerable amount of excavation inside the building to provide the necessary foundation support. That was not an attractive choice since it would make part of the guest house unusable during the summer, so we began to look at alternatives. The first was to build a large structure to hold the panels, a simple but not particularly attractive solution. Then someone suggested that we add a small building next to the guest house, put the panels on the roof, thus creating two offices for the Guestmasters and freeing up the current offices for use as guest rooms. Lemons into lemonade! Construction is now underway and we are all very pleased to have found a solution that offers us a beautiful new building and increases the number of guest room.
Posted on 06/15/12
On May 31, 2012, Rev. Vivian Gruenenfelder flew to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a visit with Rev. Zuiko Redding, resident teacher at the Cedar Rapids Zen Center. Rev. Vivian was guest at the Center's Saturday night potluck, and gave the Dharma talk on Sunday morning. She also participated in the Sunday afternoon Dharma class for children, and on Monday evening spoke with the congregation about Shasta Abbey and our monastic practice. On Tuesday, 5 June, she and Rev. Zuiko drove to the Milwaukee Zen Center, where they were hosted by Rev. Tonen O'Connor and participated in the schedule with their congregation. On Wednesday evening Rev. Vivian spoke with the congregation about Shasta Abbey and monastic practice here. This was a time of very rich mutual exchange between monks and lay congregations who have deep respect for each others' lives and practices.
On June 6 and 7th Rev. Serena visited the Chico Serene Reflection Meditation Group and gave a talk on "All-acceptance is the key to the Gateless Gate" at the Sky Creek Dharma Center.
On Thursday, June 7th, Rev. Berthold met with the local Mount Shasta congregation to discuss the work of the OBC’s Interim Board. He reviewed how the board got formed at the 2010 conclave at Shasta Abbey, the work it did last year, how the 2011 conclave at Throssel went, and how it was coordinating the work coming from the decisions the monks made in response to the FaithTrust Institute’s recommendations for us. In a lively discussion the group focused on the work of the Lay Sangha Dialog and Communication working group and the differences between the European and North American lay sanghas. All who attended appreciated this opportunity to better understand the OBC.
On the evening of June 9th Reverend Master Jisho and Rev. Helen attended the Solemn Evensong and banquet in celebration of the 125th anniversary of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Mount Shasta and the Episcopal mission in Northern California. We appreciated the opportunity to offer congratulations to our friends and neighbors on this festive occasion
Posted on 06/05/12
Rev. Scholastica attended Rev. Brian Monzel’s Head Novice Ceremony at Lions Gate Buddhist Buddhist Priory on Dragon Flower Mountain in British Columbia, Canada. Rev. Brian is a monastic disciple of Rev. Master Koten Benson. Rev. Scholastica also traveled to Victoria, British Columbia, to the Vancouver Island Zen Sangha where she visited with the Resident Teacher, Rev. Master Meiten. Rev. Scholastica also had tea with, and got to know, the local congregation.
Rev. Master Jisho, Rev. Master Kodo and Rev. Master Ando visited Wallowa Buddhist Temple where they assisted Rev. Master Meido and Rev. Clairissa in a special monastic ceremony. On the way to and from Wallowa our monks had a chance to visit our monastic families at the Portland Buddhist Priory and the Eugene Buddhist Priory. We are grateful
for the generous hospitality offered at both temples.
Rev. Astor and Rev. Scholastica led the June Introductory Retreat for twenty seven attendees. All appreciated the meditation instruction and Dharma Talks, and were very helpful to the monastery as they put manure around the
fruit trees, chopped and stacked firewood, and helped out in the kitchen, Guest House and sacristy. It is through
the efforts of all who come to the monastery and shae in our working meditation that we are able to maintain the
fabric of the monastery and make this a peaceful and beautiful place to be.