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 Vancouver Island Vipassana Association

Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin
as taught by S.N. Goenka
June 2016 Spring Newsletter http://www.modana.dhamma.org


Building Projects at Dhamma Modana
See below for Opportunities for Service!

Dhamma Modana held a Visioning meeting in early April to define a direction for the Lake Cowichan land. It was attended by about 25 people, both Trustees and Friends of the Trust.

The Visioning meeting began with reviewing the many positive developments over the last 10 years. Many were very surprised to remember all of the steps and hard work that the Trust and our Dhamma community has completed to bring Dhamma Modana to where it is now, including rezoning a portion of the property for public assembly, subdivision of an adjacent lot, the building of a small Dhamma Hall, septic design for a centre for 75 people, digging 3 wells, building of the bridge, Hydro installation and completing the road. To hold the three-day courses, which were held for the last 2 years, a small kitchen, as well as showers were built, camping areas were prepared and a container was purchased for extra refrigerators and storage. Most participants had filled out a vision document ahead of the meeting. The responses were collated and summarized by the facilitators into 4 major “Visions”. The four Visions included: continue to develop existing property; selling the land and buy an existing facility; sell the land and use $ for a Dhamma house; sell the land and loan/donate the money to another centre. Participants broke into 4 small groups, and brainstormed the pros and cons of one of the Visions for 15 minutes. They then rotated to the next Vision so each group had a chance to speak to all 4 Visions. After lunch, the group looked at the all of the responses, as a group. The brainstorming responses clearly indicated our strong, collective intention to move forward with the development of the Dhamma Modana site in its current location. Once the Visioning portion of the meeting which summarized the clear direction forward was complete, a Trust member made a presentation on purchasing second hand, movable house and barn that he had found in Nanaimo, for $42,000.


House and Barn

The house could be used for a multitude of purposes: possible old student 3 & 10 day courses, space for Trust meetings and committee meetings, work-party housing, storage for tents and other materials for expanded 10 Day tenting courses on the upper property and eventually caretaker cottage when the upper Centre is fully developed/built. For now, it will allow us to hold short and long courses on the site, with limited participation but with an eye to holding fair weather Tenting Courses and ultimately more and more courses on the Dhamma Modana site.

The Trust agreed to purchase and move the house and barn to Dhamma Modana, and build foundations for both. The house and barn will be set on the lower lot, where there is already a well, and an easy area to put in the septic system. This lot is not designated public assembly, so it will be a much less expensive project to finish a house and barn, because the permitting process will be much easier. The entire project will cost approximately $150,000.

A donor was inspired by this forward direction, and a donation of $100,000 was given. To contribute to this project, click here…

The Trustees are very excited to be moving forward in a new phase of the development of the Lake Cowichan Dhamma Modana property.


Barn and House Delivery, May 27

The house and barn arrived early morning on May 27. The location sites were prepped and the area was cleaned up to allow the towing vehicles space to manoeuver.

Presently, the barn is lifted to allow the work on the foundation to take place. Once that’s completed, Beltran Bros. will return to drop the barn and then they’ll raise the house giving us access to undertake that project. When that’s completed, the house will be lowered.

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Opportunity for Service!
Construction Crew from June to August

The house and barn both need foundations built and slabs poured, and then framing can begin on the walls for the lower level of the house. Hired labour will likely be used to build and pour the foundations and slabs, with volunteers hopefully to carry on with the construction. However, this depends upon the availability and skill set of volunteers. The Trust is definitely interested in having meditators work on both projects, so please contact us if you’re interested in helping out. We are targeting mid June to begin work on the foundation for the Barn with work on the house starting around the first week of July.

Skilled carpenters, electricians, plumbers, drywallers or anyone with a construction background are needed from June to the end of August. Also, people willing to volunteer to paint, pickup materials or prepare meals would be very welcome.

Any amount of time would be helpful. Options include serving for a day or a weekend, or for longer. If you have the time and volition to serve in any of these capacities, even for a short time, please send an e-mail to [email protected]

We will be providing accommodation on a neighbouring property, as well as the option of tenting. The schedule will include sitting in the morning, breakfast break, construction, lunch break, more construction, dinner, and evening sitting. It will be a wonderful opportunity both to strengthen one’s practice in a Dhamma setting, and help with a very inspiring project.



The Value of Monthly Donations

It's very important to establish a strong monthly donation income stream. Regular monthly donations of $20 or $30 will have a huge impact over time as financial institutions are more willing to lend us money based on regular monthly donations. Currently there are 17 old students giving a total of $900 a month. It would be great to increase this to $5000 per month! Many small contributions would do this. This is how both the Georgia Centre and the Toronto Centre have expanded so rapidly.

Monthly donors have commented that their monthly donations are affordable and convenient because they are automated to come either out of their bank account or off their credit card. They report feeling connected in an ongoing way and are really happy to think about their donation contributing to the evolution of the centre on Vancouver Island.

To contribute monthly or to give a onetime donation, please go to the donation page of the website.

All donations are tax-deductible. If donations are contributed monthly, a cumulative annual receipt will be issued at the end of the year.

The teaching is given freely because it is considered a priceless gift. Donating towards the building of a house of Dhamma is also a priceless gift! The time is ripe!

Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy.
While giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful.
After having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.
Anguttara Nikaya 3.6.37

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