Certain Uncertainties

Sorry for not posting anything here in a while (10 days!), it’s just been a bit busy in real life. First, the property thing isn’t as simple as thought; the property we decided on turns out to be too big for a residential mortgage, so either the group puts $80,000 as a down-payment or we find another property. The group has about $50,000 on-hand, so it’s not really feasible at this point. Also, interest rate would be higher as it would be considered a commercial loan. There may be a way around this, but we’re looking at other (smaller) property as well now – yesterday saw some 5 acre parcels, but nothing that really fit the bill – nothing that compared with the first property, anyway. Today we’re going to see another that looks a little more promising. Anyway, still optimistic and the group of people supporting this project have promised that one way or another it will happen.

Tuesday I joined a Visuddhimagga study session at the Dharma Centre in Winnipeg. Met Lama Gerry and his community; nice group, intending on joining every week.

Saturdays I’ve started Monk Radio again, for anyone who hasn’t yet heard. Check http://radio.sirimangalo.org/ for local time. I’ve also returned to Google Moderator for posting questions (actually somehow I thought they shut it down…), so you can post and vote on questions all week here:

http://www.google.com/moderator/#15/e=2057be&t=2057be.40

Wednesdays (I need a schedule! Oh, wait, I have one, here) I’ve agreed to start giving talks in Second Life again at the Buddha Centre. At its best, SL is a great platform for teaching; at its worst, well, I don’t really know how low it can go… let’s hope it works out well. Visit here for the location information and here if you don’t know what Second Life is (hint: you need a good graphics card and a stable Internet connection).

Jared finished his first course quite successfully, so he’s on track for novice ordination. Last night he asked me for an ordination date and I suggested April 1st (it’s Easter Monday, so a holiday). Otherwise Visakha Puja, but it’s late this year. Maybe waiting another three months would be good for him? Uncertain.

That’s all I can think of for now. More when uncertainties become certain (i.e. past).

FTW

And you thought Buddhist monks weren’t up on internet memes.

FTW – For The World. Okay, not really, but this is. Today we had a meeting of what will probably become the new board of Sirimangalo International in Canada. We agreed unanimously to go ahead with acquiring the land I posted about yesterday to set up a meditation centre in Manitoba.

So, that’s news – if nothing crazy bad happens, in a few months we should have five rooms for meditators of both genders and a large forested land for the cultivation of peace, happiness and freedom from suffering.

One thing we need is a steward; someone to arrange food, mainly. If anyone would like to take on this role for a time, please do let us know. You’d have to complete a month of meditation with us first, so it would have to be a multiple-month commitment. Sounds like we already have someone for June and maybe long-term, so there may be no need. The reason I’m putting it out is two-fold – first, always nice to have a backup, considering how important a role it is, and second, the more the merrier 🙂

If possible, we will try to focus more on long-term meditators than short-term courses, but all are welcome. I’m sure I’ll be teaching Pali to long-termers and training instructors in meditation, so lots to do.

Another thing we’ll have to look at is how much of a meditation centre we can support financially. I can’t get involved with finances, but I can say that without proper funding, we may have to keep the scale of the centre down. The group undertaking to purchase the land in question have been beyond generous, and it wouldn’t do to leave it up to them to cover maintenance costs as well. I’ll try to find some time to rejigger org.sirimangalo.org in the near future as well for the purpose of clarifying our budget.

That’s all; some good news for your rejoicing pleasure. I’ll put up an application form on the canada.sirimangalo.org page in the near future, so keep in touch and join our Canada mailing list if you’re interested in discussing our plans with us. For the world! (Yes, it really means “For The Win” – it’s an expression of exultation, which fits just as well here).

Peace 🙂

Friday & Saturday

Below is a copy of the latest email to our Canada mailing list – if you want to join the list, visit

http://www.sirimangalo.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/canada

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Dear Friends,

I have confirmation on a hotel room Friday night at Days Hotel at the following address:

240 Belfield Road
Etobicoke (Ontario), M9W 1H3
Canada
Phone: +14162418513

It’s right near the airport, so that is convenient for me to make my flight, but I was also thinking it might be helpful to let us meet and maybe have a dhamma discussion / talk and meditate together.  If someone has a better place to meet, I have a few TTC tokens now so I can get around – and I know someone was willing to drive me around as well; otherwise, maybe we can shoot for around 7 PM meeting in the lobby of the Days Hotel? 

Also, Saturday morning I’ll be at the hotel until 11 AM if anyone wants to come for a morning meditation.

Part of the reason for meeting is to make connections before heading to Manitoba, so there will be something to come back to Ontario for in the future.

Please respond to canada@sirimangalo.org (hit “Reply All”) so we can discuss as a group.

Blessings to all,

Yuttadhammo