Dharma TeachingsSylvia Boorstein and many Spirit Rock core teachers as well as visiting teachers from around the world offer you a daily 5 minute video Dharma teaching. The video of the day changes at 4pm PST, so please check back every 24 hours. Enjoy! Please also visit the Dharma Teachings blog page where Spirit Rock teachers respond to your Dharma questions. May these teachings support your practice.
From Sylvia Boorstein
I am impressed now, as I always have been when Spirit Rock has built something new, with the amount of kindness and care—in addition to attention to function and aesthetics—that is part of every detail of the work. This seems to me so much a statement of our shared core values. For example, John Griffith, our Facilities Manager, in reporting to the staff wrote that on November 11, “The Small World Tree Company came out to remove the coyote brush from the Temple and Village building sites. We did this now to take advantage of the time of year when birds would not be nesting in the brush.” He also reported, “Two large oak trees have been relocated in preparation for the build-out this spring. We decided to move them now to take advantage of the coming rainy season. We also discovered three nice madrones in the path of the new septic system. These were relocated to the left of the barn up on the hill. Take a look, they are really quite beautiful. The presence of two other madrones on the same hill gives us confidence that the transplants should thrive there.”
You can see some photos above of the tree work in progress. We’ll continue to post updates on the construction as it goes along. For me, the care and planning that goes into these beginning stages gives me confidence that just as the madrones will thrive, that the rest of the construction will unfold smoothly and we and generations of people after us will thrive in their Dharma study.
PS: If you have not already joined the Sangha of Thousands of Buddhas, please consider joining us today by supporting this community-wide effort. You can donate online by clicking this link. Thank you! - Sylvia
It Takes a Community
If you are reading this page for the first time, please read my original invitation letter about the Sangha of Thousands of Buddhas community-wide campaign.
If you are familiar with the Sangha of Thousands of Buddhas initiative to raise the money to build the new Community Meditation Hall, I am delighted to tell you that the number of members has now exceeded seven hundred, and we have now raised $1 million! We’ve been increasing steadily since this initiative was announced last summer. I’m hoping this wonderful community will continue to support this community-wide effort, and help us raise the next $million.
You can see the plans for the entire renovation of the lower campus and also see drawings of it on the walls of the entry foyer of the current Community Hall. I am most excited about the new Community Hall building which, in addition to a large and beautiful meditation hall, will also have rooms for smaller classes to meet and rooms for teachers to meet individually with students for practice discussions. In the twenty plus years since the temporary buildings that make up the lower campus were installed, we have increased the number of classes we offer to the point where we haven’t room for all we would like to do. And, the facilities themselves were only meant to be temporary and definitely need to be replaced.
I am imagining each of the people who have given their gift of $1000 to this project coming to Spirit Rock in 2014 and thinking, “I, along with three thousand equal partners, built this building.” This includes those people who live at a great distance, people who support Spirit Rock because they enjoy the teachings they access on line or through dharmaseed.org, or simply because they feel it is important for Spirit Rock to be able to continue to spread teachings of compassion and peace in the world. We will all be able to know, “I am one of the people who shared in building this wonderful center.”
Thank you for your support.
A New Community Meditation Hall