The first monthly combined garden and temple cleaning working bee, trialled in January, resulted in 29 volunteers, which was a great community effort.
The working bee offers flexible hours, choice of starting times and preferred activities. This format combining monthly temple cleaning and gardening working bees will continue for the rest of the year.
Emphasis was on the availability of volunteers and whatever times they could offer, even an hour. Families with children were welcomed and it was a joy to see so many come together in a common cause. Three generations of one family, grandmother, mother and children also participated in a morning filled with endless enthusiasm, and energy.
Many volunteers spent the morning working on their preferred tasks whilst catching up with other volunteers interlaced with periods of quiet reflection. The twenty-nine volunteers participated with garden, temple and other activities.
Once the gates opened, a steady stream of volunteers arrived where coordinators greeted everyone with an offer of coffee and tea before starting whilst kitchen volunteers, working behind the scenes, prepared teas and created nutritious meals for everyone.
Volunteers’ efforts result in a pristine Centre for everyone to enjoy.
In the garden, this combined working bee was very timely after the rain on the previous day. Many were able to prune and clean up a huge number of plants, and weeds to prepare the gardens for the Mahamudra retreat and the New Year Meditation Festival the following month.
Temple cleaning tasks, in and outside, focused on benefiting retreaters with a beautiful and clean environment. The efforts of all volunteers, past, present and future contribute significantly to creating and maintaining a picturesque, pristine Centre for everyone to enjoy, learn and experience the Buddhadharma.
Saturday working bee dates for 2020
- 14 March
- 16 May
- 13 June
- 18 July
- 15 August
- 12 September
- 17 October
- 21 November
“Whatever joy there is in this world, All comes from desiring others to be happy.” Shantideva (cited Path to Enlightenment in Tibetan Buddhism, page 560)