KCC Gathers to Celebrate Community and Service
by Linda Besant
In a sweet and gratifying Sangha Celebration on October 17, Board President Tim Campbell, Assistant President Linda Besant, and Assistant Teacher Zopa Herron thanked eighty people for their generosity in providing volunteer support to the sangha in 2015.
Tim had planned to give everyone a “golden walnut award” each time a person was thanked, but so many people were to be called out for several types of service that he couldn’t find enough walnuts in the stores, and had to make a spontaneous shift to “golden pecans.” Many people had piles of pecans in front of them by the time the afternoon was over. When it was Lama Michael’s turn to speak, he was visibly moved by the irrefutable evidence of how deeply committed this community is to serving the Dharma and the lineage.
Progress reports on KCC’s goals for 2015 were woven in among the thank-you’s:
—At SCOL, we completed staff quarters, hired qualified staff with deep commitment to caring for the place and the retreatants, and began the long-awaited Three Year Retreat.
—In town, we’re working to advance the “business” side of KCC to be as efficient and effective as possible in preparation for acquiring and running a new urban center, in particular by hiring Jennifer Cox as administrative coordinator.
—As beloved teacher Julia King Tamang went into Three Year Retreat, three senior practitioners in the sangha humbly accepted the invitation from Lama Michael and the Program Council to step into new levels of service—Erik Fromme and Zopa Herron are teaching on Sundays and conducting interviews, and Julia Hurlocker is conducting interviews.
—Financially, we are doing okay, but just barely, and only because of a generous bequest from beloved long-time sangha member Ephraim Miller. Pledges and one-time donations are running far behind the 2015 revenue goal. We must address this challenge as a community. There is no way around the fact that operating a center generates expenses that have to be covered.
—The New Urban Center Team is continuously combing the area for just the right property.
The crew that worked on KCC’s yard sale in September saved a few particularly chic items from the donations because they were so perfect for certain KCC community members. During the sangha celebration, we gave Lama Michael an incomparable book about folk sayings called Hog on Ice; kid-at-heart Carolyn Peck received a flower pot puppet; and Peter and Elvida Frothingham were gifted a cactus candelabra.
And of course, there was pie. The fifty-two people in attendance could barely make a dent in all the magnificent pie.
Buy Once, Gift Twice
by Linda Logan
The holidays are fast approaching, and even though we may not have a Buddhist holiday to celebrate, most of us find the need to purchase gifts for friends and family. Buy once and gift twice allows us to achieve two goals at the same time—provide a meaningful gift to a loved one and support KCC!
KCC’s expanded Dharma Store now offers gift items with just this idea in mind. We have beautiful beeswax candles, hand made in Eugene, in various sizes. For children, we offer Buddha at Bedtime: Tales of Love and and Wisdom for you to read with your child. The artistry of KCC’s own Sanje Elliott graces our Sacred Images of Tibet wall calendar. For your favorite practitioner, we have a wide assortment of malas and practice items in all price ranges, as well as beautiful warm prayer shawls. If you browse our books, you are sure to find something to inspire.
For stocking stuffers, may we suggest our newly arrived incense, or one of seven varieties of organic, free-trade chocolate. We have beautifully illustrated Kwan Yin travel-size journals and engagement calendars from Tim Campbell's company, Amber Lotus, and unique wrist malas and bracelets. Also, there are one-of-a-kind mani stones lovingly gold-painted by Sanje with the compassion mantra, OM Ma Ni Pe Me Hung.