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At Furnace Mountain Zen Center, 800-acre zen meditation and retreat center near the Red River Gorge, where the resident community just celebrated their 25th year anniversary of the traditional Korean-style temple construction, the site of morning and evening meditations. Our group is now engaged sowing/planting fall-winter crops and cover crops into our terraced forest garden here; plus envisioning future goals and strategies. Early morning in the forest garden leads to afternoon rest, reading, and nourishment from harvested and fermented foods of our group's efforts. I find that eating light during midday is best for a routine of morning and late afternoon-evening work in August heat. Feeling truly edified by our experience together; and by this spicy kimchi with braised walnuts, basil, and sauteed chicken of the woods mushrooms. One of the residents here, Darien Flores, gifted each one of us a spoon that he fashioned, mine is from red elm wood; I love it, and it will go with me now, encouraging mindful eating. Pictured here also is the Furnace Mountain speaking stick of varnished wood collected from the forest, which we each hold, in turn, as we check-in and close our meeting and planning sessions. Two scenes of the temple follow to give you a mind of this remarkable place, where I am grateful to farm together. .
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