Origins Update 7th December 22 PEACE PAGODA DAY - SUNDAY DECEMBER 11th 11am blessings, followed by a shared lunch at 12.30, please bring a plate to share. Welcome everyone to this 21st year in celebrating the building of this beautiful Mon Stupa, dedicated to the worthy effort of World Peace . This stupa is a symbol, a reminder to make Peace / Reconciliation. This IS possible! The great teaching of the Buddha Gautama Sakyamuni, Mahasatipattana, shows the steps to take, we all have a place in this march to Peace, both on the inner personal plane and our outer actions in the world.
This stupa was built under the auspices of Ven. Sayadaw U This Wunta. The oldest member of the oldest Buddhist Lineage that stems directly back to Buddha himself. A Mon forest dwelling monk for 20 or more years, who was then asked to come and build a monastery dedicated to his teacher, the famous Aung Min Gaung in Yangon, Myanmar.
Our founding teacher George Dawson, then to be ordained Ananda Bodhi, met and studied under Ven. Sayadaw in the late 1950s. And so our connection was made with this ancient lineage. Ananda Bodhi later met the Tibetan Karma Kagyu and became Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche. Our dear friend and teacher Chime Shore or Amara Kirti (his Burmese ordained name) studied and was ordained with these teachers, and so Origins Centre members under Chime Shore came to build this stupa on Ven. Sayadaws request here at Origins Centre in December 2001. We welcome you all to come and celebrate this day with flower and water offerings.
LAMA CHIME'S HEALTH As you may know, our dear friend Chime has had a series of small strokes and on Thursday will have surgery to clear the blockage. He is recovering well from the stroke, and is strengthened by all the good wishes and visiting family. Prayers and best wishes are coming in from all over the world, and we wish him a speedy recovery; go well friend. Deep thanks from us all for his guidance, enthusiasm and care that he brings to Origins Centre and his many friends.
FAMILY FUN On Saturday the 10th December from 10am to 12 noon, we will be running pottery, art and weaving activities with the family retreat members and anyone wishing to join us. There will be weaving of fabric discs for 'Reclaim the Void' with Theda. All welcome. If you would like to stay at Origins for the family retreat, we have had a few late cancellations, so there are rooms available. Contact: email@example.com
THANKS -Thank you to all who help with the running of Origins Centre, we cannot do this without the kind and generous support offered from many hands helping. Sarva Mangalam. -Thanks also to the aligned groups who help and use the centre. -The last group to use the centre was Deniz from Bridgetown who had a full and happy week, thank you for the generous support.
Origins will close for summer after the Peace Pagoda Day, and re-open with kindy on February the 8th 2023.
We wish all our friends a safe and happy festive season!
Upcoming Events at Origins *A gentle reminder - please care for others and yourself, and do not attend Origins if you are feeling unwell, especially with cold or flu symptoms. Thankyou*
Family Retreat - 9th to 11th December Enjoy a relaxing few days at Origins with other families, with the Peace Pagoda Day on the 11th. There have been a couple of late cancellations, so if you would like to stay at Origins, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Fun - 10th December - 10am to 12 noon Join us for kids art and craft activities at Origins Centre Balingup. There will be clay with Anne, painting and more! Peace Pagoda Day - 11th December Join us to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Peace Pagoda!
Weekend Retreats & Dana Deposit to Confirm Booking A wonderful balance of health, art, nature and mindfulness with these weekend retreats. Appreciation to everyone for contributing to such a vibrant centre full of good energy and creativity. We will be asking people planning on attending retreats to make a $60 non refundable contribution to your dana for accommodation to confirm your booking ($100 for the May and September retreats).
Regular Programand Services Mindfulness Sessions on fb streaming - last session for the year is Friday the 9th of December. Live practice stream including commentary. Venue: Coorain – Balingup, and Facebook Time: Fridays from 7:30 to 8:30am with Anne.
Donations: We are a charitable organization and your donations make the difference! If you would like to support us financially, our bank details are: Origins Centre BSB 066504 Account Number: 10017993 PayPal account http://www.originscentre.org/support-origins.html
Origins Centre Coorain Account BSB 066504 Account Number: 10056415
GOVERNANCE The Origins Committee of Management has full responsibility for all administration, management, landcare, finance, maintenance, media and teaching at OC and Coorain. The responsibility is represented on-site by committee members or on-site duty managers. Many friends help. OC is a registered, charitable not-for-profit NGO that offers its services, land and infrastructure on a donation basis. Origins is run and used by volunteers and supported by core paid work. Annual General Meeting - held at 1pm at Coorain
Present: Anne Clark, Rosemary Kelly, Marissa Stern, Sondra Noonan Present via zoom: Shavi Klaphake, Sholto Spradbury, Adam Shore Guests: AnneMarie Apologies: Kip Cameron, Matthew Steffel
Treasury balance as at 30th November 22 CBA: $21144.66 BankWest: $4028.58