Don Erway here.
I left Pasadena, a year ago, to help out my parents over here in Kona, as they moved into an assisted living facility. That has been going very well.
I have been very active with a Japanese Soto Zen temple near where I live, called Daifukuji. They have about 200 member families, from elderly members, to families with young children. They have a nice library.
I meditate and chant some sutras every Wednesday morning, at 6 am, and every other Thursday, in the evening. I have been volunteering every Tuesday, at 7am to teach some “at risk”, youth, to meditate. They are teenage boys, and this is challenging!
I have been reading a new translation of Master Nagarjuna’s Mulamadhyamakakarika, by Nishijima and Brad Warner. It is somewhat more accessible than previous versions. The commentary speaks to modern understanding.
The weather here is wonderful, year round. The big thing I miss, is Wednesday night Bodhipath, with all my friends, and especially now the video series!
Happy Thanksgiving, and holidays!