"Joy on the Path"
For more than 2500 years, this joyful tradition has been a time to acknowledge the friendship and mutual support of monastics and the lay community. It is a time to appreciate each other and our commitment to the teachings. It is a time to appreciate the many practice opportunities that have been available throughout the year and acknowledge the support and encouragement that has been so joyfully given.
It is also a time to appreciate the progress that has been possible in the infrastructure of the hermitage. This past year, there have been several major building and infrastructure improvements for the hermitage, as well as one new 10'X12' kuti, the workshop, a bridge, the second large water tank, and the UTV purchase. The large parcel of KBV's hermitage was properly surveyed to ensure all the new buildings will be fully on KBV property. The construction of the elder's cottage is scheduled to begin this October.
Hopes for the Coming Year
This coming year, we will continue cultivating joy as we support each other in formal practice and through acts of generosity and goodwill.
Karuna Buddhist Vihara hopes to continue building the foundational infrastructure of the hermitage this coming year. The proceeds provided during this year’s Almsgiving ("Kathina") on Saturday, October 29, will be used to support the following projects:
Main house power system upgrade
The batteries for storing electricity from the generator and solar panels are not keeping up with current needs. The Hermitage relies on these for all electricity needs. Lithium batteries and a larger inverter need to be purchased and professionally installed.
Fourth Kuti with solar power
Located on a high spot with good sun, with solar panels and a battery station that will generate enough electricity to supply the new kutis.
Fund for water well
The small spring usually runs dry by late summer. There are plans to explore the possibility of a well to ensure this basic need of a reliable water supply.
The main house is heated mainly by a woodstove in winter. A mechanical wood-splitter makes turning large trees into firewood much easier.
The initial goal of $45,000 would provide for the power upgrade of the main house and the construction of the fourth kuti. With $60,000, the solar power station could be added to the fourth kuti. Additional amounts would be used for the wood-splitter and well fund.
Our KBV monastics look forward to sharing this time in community with you and our other guests. We will be joined in person by bhikkhunis from Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery and other monastics via Zoom.
This year's sponsor is Linda Booth of the Bellingham, Washington area. She is honored and grateful to be supporting the Ayyas on this auspicious occasion.
If you would like to make a financial contribution, please join us on this GoFundMe page, where early donors are generating enthusiasm for the 2022 Almsgiving or visit the KBV donations page. If you would like to provide other items of support, please go to the KBV Almsgiving Dana List. Anumodana!
We hope you can join us in supporting Karuna Buddhist Vihara as we cultivate "Joy on the Path."
With much gratitude,
The KBV 2022 Kathina Committee