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I think my first blog post will be about my house. As I attend UVa, I rent a beautiful house, which is above a Zendo (Zen Buddhist temple). I am able to walk to all my classes – quite a hike to some – but it prevents excessive driving. When one first enters my home, a picture of an ancient Quan Yin statue greets you, and you can say “hello Quan Yin.” In the living room is a picture of Green Tara which one of my teachers generously gave to me – it has been in the offices of healing facilitators for the past 25 years (I hope she benefits many beings while in my “possession”). Someone said the plant in my living room is a prayer plant – it is thriving whatever it is (yay!).
Next, the kitchen. I plan on putting up a “The Story of My Life Montage” – pictures and images from my life up to this point – maybe a collage of 15 pics or so. Also in my kitchen, discretely covering my washer / dryer, is a Buddha which comes with the house – to remind me (the tennant) to be extraordinarily quiet, or to join them, when the Zendo is in operation. Out my kitchen windows is a great green woodsy view – feels good despite being in the city.
Okay… Where are we? Yes, after the kitchen, go down the little hallway, past the unremarkable b/r, to my bedroom on the left and shrine room on the right. In the shrine room, there is a tangka painting of Green Tara and a shrine. There is also a cosmic drawing of a yogi hiking off into the void – I like! On to my bedroom, where it is simple and watched over by Yama and the Wheel of Cyclic Existence. Plants are in every room and one of my friends noticed that they are all thriving and he thinks they are trying to fill up the space – I would have to agree. One plant is even sending off vines, despite the fact that it has not done so in several years… Maybe it is a Zen plant?
Finally, I have an upstairs! It is pretty incredible how much space I have. Upstairs is a finished attic. I have my office on one side and the other side is storage which will hopefully become a guest bedroom.
Next, I will write about the Zendo (downstairs).
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