Thanks to some shrewd financing by members of our community, The Marpa Centre has moved to a new home!
Up until now, we had been using a rented space on Wharf St for three and a half years. It was great to have such a prominent position on Wharf St, the main street of Forster, which allowed for lots of drop in opportunities for people here on holidays. There were many of these spontaneous occasions when holidaymakers would simply see our sign and then join one of our sessions. We could give them a good taste of dharma practice to go along with their holiday pursuits. It was often noted by them that it felt good just entering the room.
Moving to our new premises, there’s been a great effort by members of our group to renovate and decorate the once dilapidated 1960’s garage with a dirt floor and ravaged weatherboards. Sherry, Helen, Stuart and Liz all helped decorate and in the move in. Local tradies Gavin, Jackson, Ben and Bruce provided their excellent trade skills free of charge and there was considerable encouragement from friends and family.
It is such a relief to have a low-cost and secure home for the centre after so many years of using shared or costly spaces. The new room will provide the best opportunity for people to learn and practice the teachings of the Buddha and will be well set up for visiting Buddhist teachers. Hopefully, the new premises will be the source of happiness and refuge for those seeking it. We are hoping to have an official opening when Lama Choedak visits in June.
~ Peter Morgan
Below: Construction of decoration of the new Marpa Centre in action.