My volunteer experience in building the largest Kadampa International Retreat Center in the US.
Seasoned meditators have a way of dealing with life like non other I have ever experienced. Their “feathers don’t get ruffled” when things go awry or not as planned.
I have witnessed this on several occasions.
- While cleaning the kitchen, I knocked a glass salt shaker off a shelf, and it landed on top of a crystal goblet, spraying shards of glass all over the counter tops, and countless stacks of dishes. The only thing that could be done was to take everything off the shelves, and rewash them. It was fifteen minutes prior to everyone being finished with their shift. The entire kitchen came to help me clean, and wash the dishes. The only words spoken after I profusely apologized were “it’s ok we have all been there.”
- Not one person is wearing ear phones to listen to music. Its not a rule, it’s just their desire to respectively and happily be present.
- The start of each shift is honored by being on time and break times are never extended. If there task is not complete, they stay till it is finished.
I hear over and over again their only wish is to obtain a peaceful mind.
I have been to the kitchen, and I know what I want for breakfast.