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).

March Update

So, things are coming together in keeping the organization running; there is some coordination going on between the non-profit and the monastery, which should see the monastery regain its ability to finance the meditation centre. A budget is now up at the Org.Sirimangalo site, for anyone who is interested, though it probably should be converted to USD, still.

There is some indication, though, that the non-profit in America will have to be either reorganized or abandoned, since the people looking after it have moved on and are no longer involved in our activities. If anyone in America is able to take up the task of running the non-profit (basically filing documents with the IRS once a year), it would make a huge difference in helping the organization receive and use donations for the centre here.

In other news, the entire Sirimangalo.Org website has now moved to the cloud. I’m still not sure exactly what that means, except that it’s much faster now. Much thanks go to Peter for his kindness in sponsoring the server and helping us through the harrowing experience of moving 10 years and 20+ GB worth of data through cyberspace.

The last of our funded construction projects is almost finished; a bathroom for the two rooms above where I am staying – one of the rooms is occupied by Nagasena, so he will be happy.

Sumedha (ex-Meredith) is doing a review course, trying to let go of the excitement of her impending novice ordination – quite a task 🙂 At the end of the month, we’ll try to get her a visa, otherwise she will have to go to Thailand. I might go to Thailand anyway, to teach and visit Ajaan Tong, and Nagasena would like to go as well, so there may be a trip brewing for May.

Other projects have been slowed by the organizational issues and a minor cold virus that probably has something to do with the workload. So, many things will have to wait. Still memorizing the Bhikkhuni patimokkha and a little bit of book editing. Hopefully those will pick up now as the organization gets organized, and I can get back to teaching.