April 27, 2009

Images from Korinji

We've added quite a few new photos to the Korinji website "Images" page. These include many recent views of Korinji's future site, in which bare trees make the land's character very easy to see. A number of photos showing recent work, including trails that have been laid out throughout the forest connecting our parking and zendo areas, may be viewed there. Please take a look!

April 26, 2009

Clearing away the thorny tangles


As we grow closer to the groundbreaking for our first building, the time has now come to ask for your assistance. Of course we've been asking for the generous help of our supporters for some time, in the form of donations and ideas. But now, we also need your hands and sweat...in other words, it's time to clear some land!

We're very happy to announce our first "Korinji Work Weekend", at the future site of Korinji near Madison, Wisconsin.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10, we need your help to clear a future building site. It's partly covered with trees, dead wood and some fairly nasty thorny shrubs. We've got chainsaw experts. We need your help to move what they cut down, as well as to help us clear smaller vegetation.

It's crucial that we finish this job within one weekend, so that the site will be ready for the crucial next step: pouring the foundation of a building.

Now is the time to pitch in, and help us found Korinji!

Those of you joining us both days: our plan is to camp out overnight on the land and enjoy each other's company as well. There will be time around the campfire in the evening. One might say that it will not be an entirely working weekend. Join us in our beautiful wooded valley, and spend a weekend in nature doing good work.

PLEASE VOLUNTEER. We're actually ready to start building Korinij...but without a sufficient number of bodies, we can't move forward. If you can make it for one or both days, please email us: info@korinji.org. We'll then be in touch regarding carpooling from Chicago, meeting times, etc.

We're looking forward to seeing you then, and to showing you around the place...

April 1, 2009

Zendo

Here is a first look at our future first building: a wonderful design by Korinji supporter Tomasz Teterycz, who is generously donating his time and professional skill.

The approximately 30'x60' structure is supported on concrete piers, allowing it to be built onto the slope of the site without excavation or the pouring of a slab.

The engawa, or covered wooden deck, allows ravine views. Eventually this may connect to the main monastery house.

More drawings to be posted soon!