On March 3 we celebrated all of the people who have supported Spirit Rock in a significant way in the last few years with what we called a Dharma Jamboree. It was a beautiful beginning of spring day at Spirit Rock. Almost three hundred people filled the Community Hall for the afternoon for a program of “TED” style teachings from six different teachers. Larry Yang started with a meditation connecting us to ancestors back through time, and Anushka Fernandopulle presented a slide show of Buddhist cosmology. Jack led a meditation connecting each of us to our own wisdom, and Richard Shankman roused everyone’s zeal for practice by presenting the questions one could (ought to) ask oneself to keep practice alive. Then Wes Nisker and I presented what we thought of as a Metta/Gratitude “duet”, taking turns teaching by presenting what we had to offer as a conversation between us. The entire afternoon was great. People loved it. People who had come to sign up for the Sangha Of Thousands of Buddhas joined. I reminded people, as I thanked them for fulfilling their initial pledge that they could pledge again, this time signing the scroll in the name of someone they wanted to honor. I’m always pleased to remind people that it looks as if Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche has signed the school twice, while in fact two separate people, unknown to each other, have joined in his name to honor him. I also know that one of the names signed on the school is the name of a six month old baby who grandfather joined in honor of his birth.
The Sangha of Thousands of Buddhas has almost 1,000 members! That is wonderful! Our goal is 2,000, but I think the second thousand will be easier. People who found that they loved discovering every month that they had contributed (electronically) and that their generosity was causing the plans for building to move forward will help, I am sure, by encouraging others to join or re-pledging themselves. We ARE beginning to feel like a real community.
We have between 970 and 980 Buddhas enrolled in the program. I thought of making a sort of BINGO prize for the one thousandth joiner, but decided in the end that whoever that person is, her (or his) gift will be equally significant as the first gift was and the last gift will be.
Thank you for your support!