On July 30th there was a flash flood in Lockwood and Ozena Valleys. A series of thunderstorms dropped several inches of rain in a couple of hours, and the enormous amount of water that came down the Lockwood Valley Road turned to the north and completely flooded our temple grounds, leaving behind a thick layer of mud and sand. The houses are raised and were not affected, but our workshop and barns were flooded, roads and paths washed out, irrigation systems destroyed and the Stupa court and gardens covered in sand and mud. In other words, 15 years of landscaping was wiped away in a few hours, like a Tibetan sand painting.
Fortunately no harm came to people or pets, but the groundsquirrels and rabbits and probably snakes that live underground suffered badly. Before and after photos are posted on the News page.
We are planning clean up parties for the next few months, and any help will be greatly appreciated. Donations towards the hiring of the backhoe men and repairing of irrigation systems also are gratefully received.
Cleanup Work Parties: We will have clean up work parties starting Saturday, August 29th, and every Saturday in September from 9 am to 1pm. Please bring your own vegetarian lunch. Cookies and lemonade will be available.