CITY OF TEN THOUSAND BUDDHAS
Kuo Ling Pecaites
and plum trees wave their fragrant arms in welcome to visitors and the
sudden spring storms. The residents revel in the emergence of a new
season, the Buddha Halls bloom with flowers, the birds clearly sing
Amitabha and the people begin to till the ground. This last month
approximately three acres were plowed in preparation for this year’s
vegetable gardens. Now the gardeners are spreading their compost,
collecting leaves from the trees and manure from neighboring ranchers.
picture left shows Upasaka Kuo Sun "climbing to the top of a hundred
foot pole" and preparing to take the next step, in this case the removal
of a malfunctioning transformer. In the photograph to the right Upasaka
Kuo Jan and Bhiksu Heng Lyou are seen inserting the blower into the new
boiler, donated to the City by a local business concern, which will
provide hot water and heat for Dharma Realm Buddhist University. In
addition to being gardeners, the people of CTTB perform the maintenance
work on all the buildings. Everyone learns how to do everything.
|Shown left is
Sramanerika Heng Chieh, who is the Director of Agriculture, preparing to
chop kelp, which was gathered from ocean breaches to the west. The
gardeners at CTTB are exploring the principles of organic gardening and
composting the local waste materials in order to provide healthy,
energizing food for the residents here.
activities involve many of the residents and will be a part of the
university program. Lawns and open spaces are being partially converted
into orchards and plots for growing vegetables. This month, 77 fruit and
nut trees of many different varieties are being planted. There is
sufficient space so that each person is able to explore his or her own
particular interest and contribute to the community. In the early Spring,
wild greens are gathered to add to the meals.
To the right are shown Bhiksu Heng Lyou and Upasaka Gwo Jan working on a boiler generously donated to the City.