Fall Work Period
All Old Students are invited to apply to serve full-time or part-time for the Fall Dhamma Service Period Oct 28-Nov 28. Giving Dhamma service is a great opportunity to grow in our own practice by applying it in a working environment. We hope to see you there. Here is the link to the Fall Work Period Flyer.
Please apply here:
The fall work period beginning on October 28th and continuing through November 28th will see the remaining portions of the Dairy Barn demolished, as well as the demolition of the corncrib barn. The removal of these barns will make way for the necessary expansion of the existing parking lot to facilitate center expansion. While the demolition work described above will be done by an outside contractor, there is a need for old student volunteers to complete other work projects at the center before winter sets in, the following is a partial list of these projects:
- Installing fencing and gates at the entrances to the center
- Re-fasting roof on the garden barn
- Repair siding and roofing on the south side of dry barn
- Sealing exterior of the chimney at the Dhamma hall
- Cut up, (chain saw work) and remove wood, sheet metal and barbwire from the area where the shed was dismantled in the south 5 acres.
- Demolish Pheasant shed south of corn crib
- Repair of existing pond walls
- Painting of Barns
- Taping and mudding in the existing Dhamma hall building
- Trim carpentry in the existing Dhamma hall building
If you have any skills that could help with these projects, your help will be greatly appreciated for any period of time, whether that may be for a week, a couple of days, or even just one day. If you can find the time to provide service, please register for this upcoming work period.
Additionally, we will be setting aside time each weekend of the work period to set down our work projects and build our Dhamma community; taking extra time to meditate, have Q&A with teachers on Dhamma subjects or short Dhamma talks, time for personal interviews, and videos relating the history of this Tradition. As always serving at the center also means meditating together for an hour at least twice a day, observing sila, cooking and learning new cuisines. Servers are encouraged to bring their own vegetarian recipes and ingredients (dairy okay, no eggs!) to prepare dishes for everyone to try if they wish, although we will provide plenty of food for everyone.
The opportunity to serve at the center is one of the most important and joyful benefits one acquires after completing the 10-day course. The pure intention of knowing that service is for the benefit of others who will be coming on the path for the first time, and for those who will be returning, builds a rare comradery between volunteers.
“When one starts giving service, one’s own meditation becomes stronger and stronger. When you give food to somebody, nature helps you so that you will not starve. Similarly, when you give Dhamma to somebody, your Dhamma in return will become stronger and stronger. You get more Dhamma.” –Goenkaji