A Meditation Center in the Theravada Buddhist Tradition

Home of Our Own

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Board President Ken Munoz signs lease 1/11/2014

The president of the board of directors signed a one-year lease agreement for our new home on January 11, 2014. The property is located at 200 Rosemont Ave NE, in the Martineztown neighborhood of Albuquerque, near the intersection of Broadway and Mountain Road, and has many of the features we sought in a new home, including a large room for meditation, a kitchen, off-street parking, and a garden.

Our first formal gathering there was Thursday evening, January 30. Visiting teacher DaeJa Napier presided.

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Albuquerque Vipassana Sangha Community Survey, July-August 2013 (with 66 respondents):  AVS_Home_Of_Our_Own_Survey_2013

 

Summer 2013 Letter to AVS Community:

Dear Sangha Members and Friends,

From its humble beginnings in the 1980s when Joan Granger started a sitting group after a retreat with Joseph Goldstein, Albuquerque Vipassana Sangha (AVS) has relied on the generosity of its members and community partners to sustain the needs of the sangha. Over the years AVS has been welcomed in various venues, from a synagogue to an office conference room, the Unitarian church and, to date, the Wat Buddasothorn and Bhava Yoga studio.

The sangha has grown substantially in its capacity to offer the Buddha’s teachings and to support all who attend toward the realization of a more harmonious and ethical way to live. More people consistently attend the Thursday and Sunday meetings and the activities the sangha offers to the community has expanded greatly in recent years. Along with that expansion have come increased responsibilities for those who move the altar, sound system, handouts, etc. between spaces we use. There are financial expenditures to consider as well. The sangha currently spends approximately $800 per month for the use of meeting spaces.

The challenges of using multiple sites for practice have inspired a process to search for a “home of our own” where all sangha activities can be held under one roof. A home of our own would open possibilities for expanded meditation sessions, classes, non-residential retreats and new opportunities for connection and community. A permanent altar, a library, a place to share food and storage for cushions are a few benefits that would be possible in a home of our own.

Finding and then maintaining a home of our own will undoubtedly present a number of challenges for our community. A substantially greater financial and organizational commitment from the sangha membership will be crucial. We are confident that AVS has the stability and strength to embark on this project and that there is great potential for creating a more cohesive and dedicated practice community. Your support will be vital to the success of this project. We encourage you to complete the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/avssurvey. There will be other opportunities to voice your comments, concerns and questions, as well.

May we all fully realize the liberating potential of the Buddha’s Dharma,
Tamara Saimons
Home of Our Own Chairperson

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