Fall Practice Term 2014
Walls for the New Hall are Emerging!
As you drive around Eugene in summer, you often see signs that say “Your Tax Dollars at Work.” Well, we could very well have a sign at the corner of 22nd and Garfield that says “Your Sangha Dollars at Work.” It sure is exciting to see the walls emerging! Many bows in gratitude to everyone who has helped make this project possible.
As you know, we needed to undertake a second construction fundraising effort with a target of $30,000 due to unforeseen costs arising from City requirements for the firewall as well as costs involved in dealing with the basalt seam running under the foundation site. At this juncture we have raised a total of $21,600. An amount of $14,000 came from our Lender’s Group through the addition of a new lender and loan increases from three current members of the Lender’s Group; additionally, $7,600 came through donations from the Sangha. We are continuing our efforts to raise the remaining balance of $8,400 to meet our goal of $30,000.
Invitation to Contribute: The Sangha community is invited to examine their situation to see if they have the capability to contribute to raising the remaining balance of $8,400. The four possibilities that have served us so well thus far are:
- Become a Lender. There may be some members who are in a position to lend $5,000 or more.
- Find other Lenders: You may have a friend or know a supportive community member who may be willing to become a Lender.
- Lender’s Group to increase their loan. Some members of the current Lender’s Group may be able to increase the loan that they have already made.
- Special Donation. You may be able to make a specific donation.
If any of these options are within your reach, or if you have additional questions, please contact a member of the Finance Committee:
Another Successful Yard Sale!
Deep bows in gratitude to all who made this year’s yard sale such a wonderful success! We raised over $4,200, making the 2014 event a second largest in terms of money raised! This boost to our budget was possible only through the generous donations of saleable items and the many hours donated by community members to organize and price items, and staff the sale. Raising this amount of money would have been impossible without all our efforts.
Money earned from the yard sale has been deposited in our general account and will be used for our day-to-day operating expenses.
Temple Samu Saturday September 20
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
In preparation for Term Opening on September 21, I invite you all to come together and clean the temple on Saturday September 20 from 10:30 - 1:00. We will do the roster of cleaning tasks that we do at sesshin, but over a longer period of time to make the temple really shine!
10:30-10:50 - zazen
10:50-11:00 - assignment of tasks
11:00-1:00 - temple cleaning
I will also be inviting anyone who is interested to sign up for a cleaning rotation for this term. More importantly, this group will will take up cleaning as a practice; for example, why do we clean when things appear clean? How do we approach the sometimes dreaded tasks of cleaning straightforwardly without anything extra?
Please let me know if you are coming so I can plan accordingly.
Email Anyu - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you there!
New MEDITATION NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH STUDY
An opportunity to learn more about your brain, earn money, and help others.
How and why does meditation help with physical pain? University of Oregon neuroscientists are working to answer this question with a new research study. We hope that this work will help people who deal with chronic pain.
We’re looking for healthy adult men* who have had a regular meditation practice for about two years or more. Does this sound like you or someone you know?
We’re going to observe how healthy meditators’ brains respond to pain in a laboratory setting. We use special equipment that stimulates nerves to cause momentary pain that is safe, nonharming, and goes away immediately. Some people might also take a drug that helps visualize brain activity. Participants are paid $20 - $140.
*Only men? We only need men right now, but we’ll need to repeat the study with women next.