Some of you may have heard me talking about going to Korea this summer. Hwa Gye Sa Temple in Seoul is offering their semi-annual retreat there for free this year! All you have to do is get there. The Zen temples in Korea do two three month long retreats every year called Kyol Che. It means something like ‘tight practice’. The rest of the time is called ‘loose practice’. This year, you can sit three days up to the whole three months for free. I’ve decided to go in July and sit for 3-4 weeks. I haven’t decided quite how long yet. I have to factor in shop coverage, how long it is going to take me to recover from jet lag and things like that.
Anyway, I’m doing a bit of a fundraiser for it, which is equivalent to a ‘rent party’. If you are interested and would like me to send you more info, please drop me an email. I’ll send you an invitation!
If not, don’t worry. This is for fun and I’m not asking anyone to this party that hasn’t specifically asked to be invited.
Meanwhile, in lieu of payment, the temple has asked people to make an offering. I have decided to offer six pairs of socks to the temple for the monks and nuns. The unfortunate part of this is that Kwan Um School monastics can only wear grey, boring, boring, grey.
Oh, well. It’s all part of the practice, I guess. Anyway, my big challenge here is to make six pairs of socks out of 10 skeins of Regia. I think I can do it and I have some extra if I have to use a bit. It means that there will be a join in almost every sock. This kind of rubs me the wrong way. I’m going to work very hard to sew the ends in so that it doesn’t make a lump. Any suggestions?
And now, I give you Wanda and the tail that just keeps getting away. Her relationship with her tail really is quite conflicted.
I love her expression of exasperation at the end!