At the beginning of this month we hosted a very successful visit by H.E. Kilung Jigme Rinpoche. 75 people came for his Friday evening talk and then 35 stayed on for each of the day-long programs. The genuine connection between Rinpoche and the Boston sangha was reinforced with this visit and we hope to host him again in years to come.
We also had a very strong Shambhala Day with 70 people coming out on a workday in the snow to participate.
We recently had an electrician in to fix all of the sockets in the Shambhala Center. We also unfortunately have been having problems with our upstairs heating system and after five visits in the last week the problem was identified as a cracked heat exchanger. The part was under warranty but with labor, new filters, and miscellaneous costs the total for the work was $3250.
On a more positive note Bill Wooding has agreed to head up transforming the small shrine room. He and I have met and gone over the recommendations from Eva Wong. He is now going to meet with Hazel Bercholz to get a designer’s eye for this work and we will begin to contact other individuals in the community to move this project forward on a practical level.
Last but not least it is worth noting that Maureen O’Drisceoil has taken up the final portion of categorizing our tape library. After this last task is completed we will load information about what we have available online so community members can browse our tapes, CDs, and mp3s and a volunteer tape librarian can pull items out for members upon request. We hope this will go live in the spring.