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Postby Guo Gu on Mon May 29, 2017 6:05 pm

hello everyone,

i hope you are all well. i've not been so active as i would have liked because my time have been spread very thin. one project that has been occupying my energy is the building of a new tallahassee chan center.

before my teacher master sheng yen passed away in 2009 i promised him that i would build and dedicate a dharma center to honor him and to fulfill his original wish to bring chan to mainstream america. 8 yrs after his passing, this center is scheduled to open the end of june early july.

the english name is called tallahassee chan center, but the chinese name is "sheng yen chan yuan," or sheng yen chan cloister 聖嚴禪苑. we have 1.2 acres of land in the middle of the city (two smaller buildings and one large 2000 sq ft building) and aside from the meditation hall (the larger building), i'm creating a chan/zen garden for anyone to visit and enjoy.

we have an informal opening in early july and a formal grand opening on october 14. i wish all of you can join us for the celebration.
here are some progress photos, and i will update as we move forward:
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be well,
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby partofit22 on Mon May 29, 2017 7:14 pm

Congratulations, Guo Gu, on the opening of a new center in honor of your teacher-
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby desert_woodworker on Mon May 29, 2017 7:16 pm

A wonderful project and a great resource for all, Guo Gu. Congratulations!

Shihfu's memory will surely be honored.

May many people open the eye of Wisdom there, for all Beings.

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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Meido on Mon May 29, 2017 7:25 pm

Fantastic news, Guo Gu!

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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby jundo on Mon May 29, 2017 7:31 pm

Lovely,

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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Caodemarte on Mon May 29, 2017 10:18 pm

Wonderful!
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby fukasetsu on Tue May 30, 2017 3:28 pm

So glad to see pictures of the build finally Guo Gu, wonderful that sheng yen's wish is manifesting into form now.
Many blessings and congratulations.
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Guo Gu on Wed May 31, 2017 7:03 pm

thanks, everyone. this project is very meaningful to me. it would not have been possible without the help of many bodhisattvas...
today, sheetrock is going up, which makes the place feel different. will post pics later.
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby ed blanco on Wed May 31, 2017 7:55 pm

So happy for you and us in Florida.
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ongratulations Guo Gu!
I so hope to be able to visit.

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Postby Seeker242 on Wed May 31, 2017 7:56 pm

Would love to visit one day! :)
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Jok_Hae on Wed May 31, 2017 8:25 pm

Wonderful!!

Good luck and thanks for practicing (and building places of practice!),
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Guo Gu on Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:12 am

thanks for all the good wishes, folks.

here are some updates: wood floors were placed and interior of the kitchen building was painted today. tiles will go down in the reception, library, and bathrooms on monday. then the lights.

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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Linda Anderson on Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:05 am

Dear GuoGu,
Happy to see your center manifesting... sending Best Wishes and Love, Linda
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby eputkonen on Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:29 pm

Congratulations and best wishes!

I may have to come and visit. I plan on moving to the Tampa, FL area in a couple years.
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Guo Gu on Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:52 am

the links seem to be broken. let's try this again:

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fuki, you should come and see it. eputkonen, jok-hae, seeker, ed, you're all welcome to visit.
thanks linda for your good wishes.

be well,
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Guo Gu on Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:35 am

floor finished. walls painted. reception area tiles done! :)

chan hall:
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the xuanfo chang or hall where "buddhas are chosen"...

reception area:
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we will have a guanyin statue here to welcome ppl

library:
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we'll be building custom wall to wall book shelves. you may ask, why so many books? well, they're for purposes of blinding the eyes! :lol2:

future interview room:
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where the chan furnace will be burning for smelting the sword of wisdom.

after our 7-day intensive at the end of the month, we're painting the exterior of the chan hall building and the two smaller buildings. will post pics... but maybe you all aren't that interested? maybe just post when we're all finished?

be well,
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Meido on Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:27 am

Please continue to post pics, Guo Gu. Inspiring to see such a beautiful practice place developing!

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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby bokki on Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:38 am

... but maybe you all aren't that interested?

oh, no, Roshi, we are very interested! Congratulations for all of it coming together!
maybe just post when we're all finished?
:lol2:
full regards GG Roshi, its a pleasure meeting You.
i cant post any until tomorrow, so let me quickly :heya: 2 joe, spike, M, L.A,.. et all
lets work together.
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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby ed blanco on Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:30 pm

Im interested.
Nice to see the progress.

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Re: new chan center in florida

Postby Caodemarte on Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:49 pm

Please keep posting if it is no bother. It is indeed nice to see the progress.
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