Friday, October 31, 2008
Dharmasuri, Chair of 'Nagaloka', the FWBO's center in Portland, Maine, USA, writes -
"We've moved! After 3 1/2 years on the outskirts of town in a small space adjacent to a beauty salon with limited (if any) walk-in traffic, Nagaloka Buddhist Center has signed a lease on a store front space in downtown Portland.
"On the day of the move we started out with a seven-fold puja with words of rejoicing for how the sangha has grown and praises of gratitude for the use of the space we were leaving.
"We ritualistically dissolved the shrine at the end of the puja and then worked quietly and harmoniously to pack up our center. When we arrived at 81 Oak Street - our new address - we placed our new standing Buddha on the side walk, which the kids enjoyed playing with, and which passing-by traffic stopped to appreciate.
"The new space is light and spacious with high ceilings and original wooden rafters. We will have a small book store in the front windows and have planned a fall program to include public talks, intro to Buddhism classes and a noon-time meditation course.
"We look forward to growing into our new home!"
You can find details of Nagaloka's classes on their website www.nagalokabuddhistcenter.org.