First of all, we wish to express our deep gratitude to the many kind supporters who have recently contacted us with heartfelt best wishes, asking how we are in the midst of the forest fires that are blanketed much of British Columbia. Please be assured that at this moment the monastery is out of harm’s way, yet we are very alert to the provincial wildfire notices
and keeping an eye on the changing winds and conditions. And as Ajahn Sona always reminds us: “Don’t worry. Everything is out of control.”
As Birken remains closed due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we are using this time of no guests for some necessary construction projects at the monastery. Some of these activities include:
These projects, requiring many hours of labour, plus some very big, noisy, and expensive machinery, couldn’t be accomplished when we are open to guests. We are grateful to be able to use this precious time of monastery closure for these undertakings which will provide substantial long-term benefits to the monastery, its monastics, stewards, and guests, for decades to come.
Please watch for our newsletter and news post here on our website for another project update in the coming weeks which will include photos and a video of our progress so far.
To all who have experienced loss in this past year, whether by the pandemic, fires, or the myriad of other realities of samsara, please know we are showering every being with cool raindrops of mettā.
May you all be safe, well, happy, and peaceful.