Water in, water out! This week we continued to work on waterproofing the house. This has been one of the unforeseen benefits of our renovation project, because without removing drywall, we wouldn’t have known how extensive the water damage was in the basement.
At the same time, we are adjusting the budget to cover the extra cost of bringing a 4” water supply into the house for the sprinkler system. This was a requirement by the building department and along with the new fire exits will bring the house up to code. It does mean a larger expenditure than we originally estimated, however this will be covered by the cushion we built into the budget.
The ancients considered water to be both the softest and the strongest element in nature. It adapts to the shape of any vessel. It can flow in every direction. If it finds an opening, it will work to make it larger. And it can wear down a mountain. Let us be like water!
The Board of Directors
Thanks to the energetic and sustained efforts of members and friends of the Toronto Zen Centre, the construction of our new Buddha Hall and the basement extension is well on its way. We are happy, humbled and excited that with your help a grand total of $ 843,500 has been raised since the fundraising began in 2012!
This success could only be achieved through the selfless generosity and support of individuals like you. Our hearts are brimming with gratitude that this renovation is finally taking shape. And you have played an essential part!
The piles of dirt are gone. The gaping hole has been filled with the new foundation. This is a big step forward in the construction—it’s happening! With your kind donation, you have contributed to this strong foundation. This foundation that we offer for our spiritual practice, for the community, and for all sentient beings.
The Board of the Toronto Zen Centre
PS: Please do check out photos of the renovation in progress!
A member of the Centre filmed our Groundbreaking Ceremony and has shared it with us! Please watch below.
This project can only happen through the support of our Sangha and friends. If you wish to donate to this project, we would be most grateful.