Landscape Architecture

This month, Martin and his landscaping apprentice Dante are here to move forward on the creation on Iriavan Temple's surrounding gardens. The two are here, not only to finalize the planning stages, but to start moving the earth itself. With the help of an excavator, a good deal of work has been done to sculpt the surrounding hillsides in preparation for the next step of placing the giant boulders, which will be followed in the future with preparations for plants.

Three Satgurus

The Iraivan containers which are on their way to Kauai are currently in Honolulu. Here is another small peak as to what's inside.

To see him, to adore him, to meditate on him, to touch him, to sing of him, to bear his holy feet on humbled head--they that render devotion to guru in diverse ways thus--they indeed walk the San Marga, that to liberation leads. Tirumantiram 1479

October 10th Homa

After three days of retreat, the monks began their new phase with yesterday's homa. Yoginathaswami conducted the sacred ritual, while Sivanathaswami burned the prayers and gave a delightful talk afterwards.

Mauritius October Ganesha homa

October's Ganesha homa at the Mauritius Spiritual Park is an annual event, held especially for students as they start the school year. This year it was conducted by four priests who had previously conducted the homa during our recent 2014 Mauritius Innersearch.

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Fifteen Hundred Trees Planted for Wind Break

The monastery is back in full swing after a three-day full moon retreat. We were fortunate to be able to view the full "Blood Moon" here in Hawaii during the full lunar eclipse. The previous day, last day of last phase, was a Guru Thondu Day. This is a day we have each quarter during which all the monks work together on a project that Bodhinatha has chosen. He asked all the monks to work on out Himalayan Acres forestry project.

For many years Sadhaka Adinatha has been working with the state agencies to get support and finally this year grants have been given to moanstery by the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife to plant more trees on the land across the river from the temple. These grants are strictly managed and the land owners receiving support must fulfill their plans in a timely manner.

Phase One involves the planting of 3,000 or more Mahogany trees which will serve as a future endowment of the monastery and in the meantime provide valuable habitat for the wildlife in our area. Trees also secure the soil from erosion over time, which is very important on a small island like Kauai.

Wind breaks are a key element in the plan and the monks worked on Guru Thondu Day to plant 1200 Areca Palms and about 300 or more Spinach trees. These are fast growing species and will buffer the young mahogony seedlings which will go in the ground later this year. The leaves of the Spinach tree are edible (if well cooked) so we also have bushels of greens if we ever need them!

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