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Work Practice


The Center's windows do not wash themselves, and the front porch does not grow a new coat of paint every year.  While the residents are charged with general upkeep, larger projects that require many hands at once do crop up from time to time.  On such occasions, members are encouraged to give of their time and energy to the extent to which they are able.

Sangha Work Days

Projects that require a few hours of dedicated effort may be scheduled periodically on a Sunday.   After an hour of informal sitting in the zendo, all turn out to tackle the task at hand.  Recent projects taken care of on such a Sunday include washing the second floor windows and lifting the plants from the front bed.  Afterwards, a heartier-than-usual brunch is served.

Work Retreats

Sometimes the task is a larger one, involving many hours of work over a day or two.  On such occasions an overnight work retreat is scheduled in which periods of work are interspersed with formal rounds of zazen. 

Volunteering

There are always more jobs to do than there is time to do them.  If you have a couple of hours of your time you'd like to spend on upkeep and maintenance, contact the Head of Zendo to see what needs doing.