December 29, 2013
Highlights from the Saranaloka December Supporters Meeting
Greetings Friends of Saranaloka!
Here’s a quick summary of the December 8 Saranaloka supporters meeting:
Meal Dana –
The nuns continue to be well supported with meal Dana and new people continue to sign up to offer meals via the Lotsa Helping Hands website. The sisters shared that it is “heartening to be well nourished on many levels”. They continue to cut back on dairy products, such as milk and butter, in recognition of the impact dairy farming has on the environment as well as the treatment to which factory farm animals are often subjected. Thank you Marina and Maria for the bi-weekly boxes of fresh from the farm organic produce!
Nuns in Retreat –
From January 15 through March 31 the nuns will be in silent retreat. The vihara will be open for Friday evening pujas and Lunar Observance evenings (check the calendar for exact dates). Supporters are also welcome to offer meals at the vihara during the winter retreat.
Departures and Arrivals –
Mary, the current vihara steward, will be leaving shortly after the beginning of the New Years retreat. Thank you for all your wonderful service at the vihara!
Shirley Waldock, who supported the sisters 2 years ago in the winter, will again return for the winter, taking over from Mary, until Feb 20th when she will hand over to Holly Oswald until the end of the retreat. Satima (Geri Feldman) will be joining the community on April 1. Naomi, who was a steward earlier this year, will be joining the community and taking anagarika training soon after her arrival on May 1st.
Board Update –
The Rural Vihara Search Team, together with the sisters, continue to have a growing connection with the community in the Placerville area. The search for an appropriate rental actively continues. The sisters will next be visiting Placerville in early January and then again in early May. Financial donations continue to come in and the monastery fund continues to grow. Recurring monthly donations now account for 20% of all general donations to Saranaloka – this is a great support.
Upcoming Retreats –
Thank you Dongshil for all your work on the registration for the currently-in-progress 2013-2014 Angela Center New Year retreat. The nuns will be leading a monastic retreat at Spirit Rock this spring (2014) and will be leading a retreat on the east coast at IMS the following spring (2015).
Food for the Homeless –
Many new people continue to join the sisters in bringing food to the homeless in downtown San Francisco. As always, please contact Sister Jayati if you are interested to get involved.
End of Year Thanks –
Thank you Maria for your work sending out the weekly “This week at the vihara” emails!
Thank you Marina and Kirsten for your help with the finances!
Thank you Claire for all the driving this past year!
Thank you, everyone, who has offered support to the nuns and Saranaloka in 2013!
Get out your calendars; the next supporters meeting will be April 27, 2014!
Carl Rivas (Saranaloka Board Member)