Dear Dharma Friend

We’re trying out a new newsletter format.  We hope to be able to offer you a chance to refer the newsletter on to friends, unsubscribe, just view it on a website, and many, many more options.   This move to a more modern approach will hopefully make things easier, better, and less of a work project for all of us.  Please let me know if it does not work well for you.

In joy and peace,    Kozen Sampson

Our Daily Mantra – The prayer of blessing
We surround all men and all forms of life with infinite love and compassion. Especially do we send out compassionate thoughts to those in suffering and sorrow, to those in doubt and ignorance, to all who are striving to attain truth and to those whose feet stand close to the great change men call death, we send forth all wisdom, mercy , and love.   May the Infinite Light of Wisdom and Compassion so shine within us that the errors and vanities of self may be dispelled; so shall we understand the changing nature of existence and awaken into spiritual peace.

Jizo (Ksitigarbha) Bosatsu Practice
(Địa Tạng Vương, Kṣitigarbha, Dìzàng Púsà)

Putting Belief into Action

Ksitigarbha’s name may be translated as “Earth Treasury”, “Earth Store”, “Earth Matrix”, or “Earth Womb.” Ksitigarbha is known for his vow to take responsibility to instruct all beings in the six worlds between the death of Sakyamuni Buddha and the rise of Maitreya Buddha, as well as his vow not to achieve Buddha-hood until all the hells are emptied. He is usually regarded as the bodhisattva of all beings in hell, as well as the guardian of children and the patron of deceased children, aborted fetuses (especially in Japanese culture), travelers, and anyone at a crossroad in their life.

Jizo Bosatsu is considered to be an especially loved Buddha. We’re doing Jizo Practice by being “trail angels” for hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail. We provide food, first aid supplies, and hygiene items inside bear proof containers for hikers making the long trek of the Pacific Crest Trail. We do not know or meet these hikers and we have just “open heart giving” in mind. We wish them well and have placed a small Jizo Shrine above the food containers wishing all beings the compassion and mercy of Jizo in all of their life.

To learn more about Jizo and Jizo practice, please visit Great Vow Monastery’s website

Dana & finances
Wonderful new friends, wonderful old friends

New Friends
The following individuals from the family of Susan Quang have jointly purchased priest robes. Such open loving kindness to the Buddha’s way is uncommon and wonderful amongst new friends. The Quang family has a great heart for the teachings of the Buddha

Dieu Hy & Tam Ngo
Susan Quang & Howard Quang
Dieu Hanh
Dieu Hue
Dieu Tam & Thien Phuoc, – Thoa Bui & Trieu Nguyen
Ngoc Chau & Hung Nguyen
Phuong Anh & Dave Aimone
Minh Thuy & Jason Chiang,
Minh Tue & Trang Truong- Tri Nguyen & Trang Truong
Nhan Nguyen & Mai Huong
Nghia Nguyen
Thu Ha
Trong Nguyen
Van Lan
Quy Nguyen

Old Friends
Mr and Mrs Pete Groetzinger have become regular supporters of the temple along with
Dave, Rick, Denise, Corkey, Keith, and Debby.

Thank you all for your support and loving kindness.
The temple is OK financially. We are saving up to put in a new foundation and have a permanent home for the temple; the estimate is near $200,000 so we’re saving up our pennies.

We currently have no outstanding debts.

Organic Farming
and Zen
The Heart of Kannon Bosatsu Practice
We believe that suffering can be increased by one’s actions and decreased by one’s aware practices. We are committed to supporting the quality of life by preserving and protecting the earth and our living environment. Living and farming this way is one way for us to practice the heart of Kannon Bosatsu.

We run the Abbey as a certified Organic Farm and raise fruits, vegetables, chickens (for eggs only – we do not kill the chickens for meat), herbs, and medicinal plants. We have taken steps to reduce the “heavy hand of man” on our farm.
One of the steps we have taken are the removal of chemically treated posts for fencing and replacing them with long lasting (untreated) Juniper posts. We also compost everything organic and make it into beautiful rich soil to use in our gardens.
Our goal is to grow 80% of everything we eat by the end of next year. We also want to donate 60% of what we grow to the local food bank and others in need. In the last year we have donated over 100 dozen eggs, 70 lbs of lettuce, and bags of mixed vegetables to the local food bank, more produce will be delivered each week.

We believe in decreasing our carbon footprints by recycling, supporting energy-efficient vehicles, building sustainable housing, and promoting the use of alternative, earth-friendly power sources.

As individuals, we can take these 15 simple steps to decrease our personal carbon footprints:
1. Set thermostats lower in the winter and higher in the summer.
2. Eat locally grown organic produce whenever possible.
3. Conserve water by traps, cisterns, and low flow faucets and toilets.
4. Use efficient light bulbs and appliances.
5. Live simply and without needless extras, decrease “fad” purchases and buy long lasting items.
6. Recycle whenever possible.
7. Avoid buying “consumer traps” (like individually bottled water).
8. Avoid using cleaners, air fresheners, lotions, etc. based on artificial or petroleum chemicals.
9. Use organic and natural products whenever possible.
Studies show that organic producers are more likely to be “green” in their growing and processing methods and in how they distribute products. (“Organic” can be used very loosely, so it never hurts to check further).
10. Use the clothes line instead of the dryer whenever possible
11. Drive fuel efficient cars
12. Grow some of your own produce in a small garden
13. Support sustainable land and resource legislation and practices; solar hot water is a good example.
14. Support local farms, diaries, and manufactures (farmers markets are a wonderful example of this)
15. Share your successes and failures to decrease your carbon footprint with your friends and neighbors – keep us all gently reminded that this is our world and we want to use it well and keep it going for our children and their children.
Respect for all life is a basic tenant of Buddhism. By taking simple steps we can preserve our earth.

May we all practice mindful living.

Buddhist Woodworking
Reverend Ken McGuire has started a new woodworking company specifically for Buddhist Alters and supplies. You can view some of his wonderful work at the Trout Lake Zen Temple or online at by Ken’s workshop

Ken Roshi made our altar and the small oriki tables that we now have in our Zendo. His work is reasonably priced and the quality is very good.

Local Churches that teach and practice an embracing, kind, and loving faith.

Trout Lake Presbyterian – Sunday service at 11:15 am
Sunday Service at 10AM (Summer schedule), Trout Lake

Bethel Congregational Church (United Church of Christ)
Sunday Service at 10AM in White Salmon

Mid-Columbia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Sunday Service at 10AM at the Rockford Grange, Hood River

Local Providers of Care

Jennifer Silapie ND Naturopath Physician, has opened a practice in White Salmon. She is a warm hearted and caring individual. 251 N. Main Ave, White Salmon 509.493.3300

Karen Hoffman massage therapist in Trout Lake and White Salmon cell 509.637.4995

Cookie Gilpatrick massage therapist in Trout Lake and Hood River cell 541.490.9077 home 509.395.2468