August 27, 2009

Ladders and lineage

Volunteers are beginning to swell the September work crew lists. This throws our tool needs, however, into sharp relief. A recent coup was the location of a 5000-watt generator, in good working order, on Ebay...Chicago pick-up only! We managed to obtain it for $100.00 - an utter steal. We now continue to scan online for circular saws.

Ladders are one thing we're not seeing many of. We hope to avoid buying new ones, wasteful as that would be. We need a 6' and an 8' step ladder, and two 20' extending ladders. If you happen to have one of these lying around and care to donate it, by all means let us know! In the meantime, please keep your eyes out for them on Ebay, Craigslist, at local sales, etc.

Finally: the Korinji website has a slightly different look, somewhat cleaner in layout. Let us know what you think.

One new page of interest details the Rinzai Zen lineage that has given rise to Korinji, coming down through Omori Sogen Roshi. Actually, temples themselves don't have lineages (other than the historical succession of their abbots); only people do. The lineage chanted daily by monks (Teidai Denpo) at a given monastery is therefore the lineage of dharma transmission of that monastery's current shike (abbot), and so could change over time.

When Korinji is dedicated and begins functioning as a residence for practitioners, such will also be the case; for now, however, our page shows the lineage held in common by the various teachers who are working to establish Korinji.

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