Harvest of Peace

September 22nd

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    Our community is going through a challenging time.  In the midst of feeling all of the uncertainties we are all grappling with, we gather to offer each other support and to mark the changing of the seasons and the beauty of the natural world.

    Harvest of Peace, is one of four annual Nyida Day celebrations in Shambhala culture. Each of these seasonal holidays mark the changing of the seasons, hence the name Nyida Day is connected with the natural world and the seasons (Nyi = sun and Da = moon).  

    Harvest of Peace is celebrated near the Autumn Equinox in the Northern hemisphere and the Spring Equinox in the Southern hemisphere. This special day marks the spirit of generosity, and sharing the bounty of the seasons together as a society. It is an opportunity for local communities to gather, hear teachings, enjoy good food and drink, appreciate one another, and celebrate the richness of our local cultures and heritage.  The theme of appreciation includes all of these things, and especially the goodness of our bond as a community at this time. 

    Harvest of Peace is also an important and appropriate time in the yearly cycle to celebrate generosity and growth and to fundraise to support the incredible work of our center - the core of which is helping to transform fear and aggression into wisdom and compassion. There will be a brief local fundraiser at the event where we will invite people to celebrate generosity by giving what they can and according to their inspiration to support our local situation. Our community has never needed this support and stability more.

    As you know, we have recently accomplished the hurdle of purchasing our beautiful building.  We have begun to do needed work on the space, such as replacing the lighting, repairing wood rot, fixing potentially dangerous electrical problems, and now providing handicapped access, which has been sorely lacking. We have an excellent handyman named Frank Kolosky, who feels inspired to help us bring our building up to code, and also help us beautify the space. There are other needed projects ahead, such as new fencing, installing doors between our shrine rooms and fixing the floors; we will need a new roof and AC systems at some point in the (hopefully more distant!) future.

    We are so appreciative of the interest, effort, and time many of you have contributed already.  We also sorely need dollars for these projects.  You can designate funds for a particular project which may have special meaning to you, such as a ramp for wheelchairs, stained glass art with our Shambhala sun on it, and so forth.  Jan would be happy to describe the many projects and needs which await us! Because we are not a huge group, each and every one of you makes a felt difference when it comes to our growth.  We cannot do this without you!

     If you are unable to attend the Harvest of Peace gathering, we invite you to still consider making a donation to support our Gainesville center.  You can do so by making a donation on our website (use the “Donate” button at gainesville.shambhala.org) or leaving a pledge form and check (made out to “Shambhala Gainesville”) in our donation bowl at the center, or mailing a check to us at 1899 NE 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609.  

     We are sending you every best wish for a wonderful Harvest of Peace filled with the spirit of generosity, bounty, and richness. We offer our appreciation for you as a valued member of our sangha, and look forward to celebrating with you on September 22!

     

    Shambhala Gainesville Harvest of Peace schedule: (Saturday, Sept. 22)

    10:00 am - arrival, greetings

    10:30 am - llasang

    11 am-12 pm - Shambhala sadhana practice

    Lunchtime (approximately 12-1/1:30 PM) - potluck (please bring a dish to share)

    1:30-??  Building project: clearing the attic!*

               Cleaning of shrine rooms and center**

     *We have been told that we need new insulation in the attic, which will help with our (currently large!) energy bills.  However, we have also been shown that there is quite a bit of stuff in the attic which needs to go first.  A group effort will help this project go much more quickly; I’d also like to ask that anyone with a pickup truck available, please help have that at the center so we can drive items to the landfill!