Weather permitting, volunteers are welcome to help cut the grass and tidy up outside areas at Dhammadharini Monastery. Come when you can between 9 am and 5 pm on Saturday April 1. If you can bring your own string trimmer (weed wacker) or mower, the work will go much more quickly.
This weekend is a good opportunity to meet and speak with Dhammadharini's visiting bhikkhuni, Ayya Dhira who will be departing at the end of the Spring Retreat, and to meet our newest resident, Nekkhamma Siaw. These two will be leading the day, while the other Dhammadharini residents are engaged with meetings and teachings in North Carolina, Massachusetts, Los Angeles and Sri Lanka.
From April 10 to May 19, our monastic community will be on retreat, with some retreatants at Aranya Bodhi hermitage, and some at the Dhammadharini Monastery in Penngrove. Both locations will depend on the support of volunteers to help provide a secluded time of practice for the Sangha. See the document below for current volunteer openings, and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be able to fill any of the listed positions. We hope that some volunteers will also be able to join us for practice when they come -- either to the monastery, which will be open to the public for silent meditation throughout the retreat; or to the hermitage, which will be otherwise closed to the public, but will be open to volunteers on the day of their scheduled tasks. In this way, we hope that the retreat can be of benefit to the wider community.
John R, a qualified contractor, will lead a 10 day work period at the monastery and Aranya Bodhi in late July, early August. If there’s a good group of helpers, we will . Please consider joining for all or part of this community effort in Dhamma and drywall.
Janine Björnson of Clay Bones & Stones has kindly offered the supplies and scaffolding to correct the uneven color in Dhammadharini’s meditation hall. And with the scaffolding, we can also paint the high trims in one bedroom, from black to white. So we are declaring a special work weekend for painting. Welcome to come and swing a brush for a day or half-day. Wear your painting clothes. We will have all needed supplies.
Saturday, January 21, 9:00 to 12:30pm Painting (& lunch—please bring a dish to share). 12:30 to 4pm Painting. 4pm Dhamma reflection.
Sunday, January 22, 9:30 to 12:30pm Dhamma program (with lunch—please bring a dish to share). 12:30 to 4pm Painting. 4pm Dhamma reflection.