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Buddhist Society of the NT Newsletter


v. 17 no. 2



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NEWSLETTER Buddhist Society of NT July 2009 Page 5 FROM THE COMMITTEE........... Highly Successful Food Fair Once again the BSNT community swung into action for the April Food fair. It was a tremendous success. The committee thanks everyone involved for their stupendous efforts. We raised a little over $8000. It is the generosity of the community at these times that inspires us during more difficult moments. Please be thinking about the up coming November Fair - new ideas, new performers, whatever! We look forward to creative input from the membership. Geshe Kunkhen returns to India Sadly, in late June, Geshe Kunkhen , unexpectedly asked to return to India as soon as possible for personal and family reasons. He left on June 30th. In his resignation letter he thanked the BSNT committee and BSNT members for their support and friendliness to him while he was here. He wished everyone well for the future. The committee thanks Geshe Kunkhen for his commitment to the centre. He will be missed. The Tibetan practitioners will now consider what format their future practice might take. AGM - early date, early time The AGM will be early this year - we are holding it in August. Although the year has again been extermely busy, the committee itself has been somewhat depleted in numbers. It is essential that BSNT establish a new committee to take the Centre forward and continue present developments. We ask all members to please consider sharing this important and highly responsible role. Its your centre. How can you help? Completed large facilities grant. Works associated with the large Facilities grant are now completed. The Sala looks spectacular; the library has been tiled, noticeboards and whiteboards have been replaced. There is new carpet at the base of the altar. Glass covers a beautiful gold cloth to prevent more burn marks on the altar itself. Sala - pictures, hangings etc To maintain the uncluttered presentation of the Sala, the committee has decided to leave the wall behind the main altar free of pictures and hangings. However some items removed from the walls at the time of painting are to go back on other walls. All items are currently in the library awaiting community comment. Some are damaged and may have reached their use-by-date. If you know the history of these items please contact the committee and also check out what is in the library. The large BSNT banner of the eightfold path has been drycleaned and will be rehung. The Tibetan group are also organising a replacement for their shrine which had definitely reached its use-by-date. We also briefly remind people that only regular offerings (flowers, food etc) should be placed on the main altar. Please do not to leave other items (statues, pictures etc) on the main altar. Community meet re new grant Last year BSNT received a grant ($56,000) to build additional kutis. The committee invited BSNT members to a community meeting on 31 May to discuss several issues that need to be resolved - particularly how the project will be managed, what current costs are for such a building & where it would be best located. Investigations are underway firstly on current costs of such a building located (probably) between the Green House & the tank. Decision to develop memorial wall The committee has also agreed to develop (more fully) the existing memorial wall. This will ensure places being available for families when required at times of grief and loss and offer a permanent place for those being remembered. Carolyn Pearce to take ordination CarolynBSNT Secretaryresigned at the recent meeting and advised that she will be taking ordination (Mahayana Tibetan tradition) at Chenrezig Centre in Queensland towards the end of July. Geshe Tenzin, Ven Tri Dinh and Ven U Pyinnyawara gave blessings for Carolyn last Sunday before her return to Queensland. The committee wishes her well in her new life and looks forward to her visiting us sometime in the future as Ani Caro!