My Three Sacred Groves

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In my Druidry, I have always maintained Three Separate Groves as my Sacred Groves.

 

 

My #1 Primary Sacred Grove:

In March of 2006, I read in the local Community Newspaper a Story about a Fish Kill in a Local Creek called Byrne Creek. In the article was the URL for the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers, so I clicked on it and liked what I saw, so I took down the Time and Date of their Next Meeting. I then attended their Next Meeting.

I arrived at the Meeting and they made me feel Welcome and Comfortable. Their Meeting Major Subject was the Fish Kill that had happened. During the Meeting, they Scheduled a Fish Count Survey for the Next Week, which I attended. 

When they did that Fish Count, all of the Traps that were put out came back with nothing. They were a bunch of Very Unhappy Streamkeepers! They also did some Bug Counts, and those results were also Very Disappointing!

In the Next Month, they had several events of releasing New Fish into the Creek.

In the Next Few Years, I went off to several Festivals in which they set up their Information Booths. There was the Stoney Creek Salmon Sendoff Festival, the Taste of Edmonds Festival, and the Night of Lanterns Autumnal Equinox. I even went to a Silent Auction Event at the Firemen's Club near Metrotown, at which I did a Successfull Silent Bid for a Lockblade Knife, which has now been Officially Blessed and Consecrated on Summer Solstice along with my Streamkeeping Walking Staff.

Here is a Map of Byrne Creek:


The Red Triangles show where exactly Byrne Creek Runs.

And here is a Picture of approximately where on the Lower Mainland Byrne Creek Watershed Runs:

 


Since I have made this my Primary Sacred Grove, then I will (so long as I live on the West Coast of British Columbia) work steadfastly for the Preservation of this Watershed and its Protection against becoming Contaminated with Chemicals and Waste of our Modern Technological World.

For Further information on the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers, click on:
www.byrnecreek.org

 

 

My Secondary Sacred Grove is the House, Farms and Grounds of the Vihara Buddhist Temple.

 

I came to know this Temple when I was invited to a Book Promotion and I came to enjoy going to this Temple of Tuesday Night Meditation and their Lunar Esbat Ata Sil One Day Meditative Retreats.  It is located on 80th Avenue East of the #15 Highway.


Here is their House:

 


And here is their Grove of Trees:

 


And here is the Farm Garden with some People doing Walking Meditation:

 

 


And here is my Alottment Garden:

 

They recently advertised that for a $25.00 Donation, you can get a Garden Alottment with what you Grow being Donated and Used by the Temple for Consumption or Sale.  It is my Pleasure to be able to Grow things on my Alottment for their Temple.  

 

This year, I am Growing Cayenne Pepper Chilis, Korean Wild Sesame and Green Peas.

And here is the Temple Meditation Room:

 

 


My Third Sacred Grove is the Joe Dec Spring:

When I first came to know of it on September 1oth 2002 when I went Camping with Two Friends when we wished to get away from the Propoganda Broadcasts of the First Anniversary of the WTC Attacks.

Here is how it used to appear then:

The story of this Grove is that the Original Settler who claimed the Land was a guy named Joe Dec. He put it into his Will that this Spring should always be allowed to Freely Flow so that people can come and take Good Natural Spring Water for Free. Here is the Plaque that used to be on the Fountain:


But since then, the Mission Health Department tore it down and it now appears like this:

 


I Spray Painted the Power Pole Yellow to that people can not miss it as they Drive By.


I even have this Grove pictured on Google Earth too:


http://www.panoramio.com/photo/47396942

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/15483543

I Love this Grove because it will always be Preserved as per Joe Dec's Will, so it will never be taken away from my being able to hold it Sacred.

 


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And here is my Community Garden Allotment:

And here is a YouTube Tour of the Buddhist Temple Community Garden and Surrounding Grounds:

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZpTWsksr7Y&list=UU8X0s3j5J-EB3M68F5uAJjg

 


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Awens to All:

I have taken up looking after the Buddhist Temple's Jerusalem Artichoke Patch that they are Growing to Sell to make some $$$ for their Temple.

Last Sunday, I went and did about 3 Hours of Digging Out the Weeds from their Artichoke Patch.


Here is the Artichoke Patch before I Weeded it:

And after I finished doing a lot of Weeding:

It should take another few more Hours of Weeding to get the whole Jerusalem Artichoke Patch fully Weeded Out.

 


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Awens to All:

Today after Work, I went to my Sacred Grove at the Vihara Buddhist Temple to Water my Garden.


When I got there and had Watered my Allotment, I noticed that a bunch of Cider Bushes that were put along the Entrance Driveway had Grass Grow Up So High that the Ciders were Barely Visible.


Here is what they Looked Like:



After about an Hour of Working at Ripping The Grass Out, I got the Ciders Exposed so that they can be seen:



In my Sacred Grove Allotment, the Korean Wild Sesame is Taking Root and Growing Well and there a loads of Green Pea Sprouts are coming up as well.

So my Buddhist Temple Allotment is going Very Well.

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Awens to All:

The Vihara Buddhist Society advertised that they are giving out Garden Allotments. For a $25.00 Dollar Donation, you get a Garden Allotment to grow Produce for the Benefit of their Temple.

I took one and am now Growing an Allotment Garden in the name of Celtic Buddhism as well as the Vihara Temple and Jodo Shinshu Japanese Buddhism.


Here is my 10x10 Allotment:

 

 


And here is a Closeup of my Korean Wild Sesame Plants that I put in:

 


 

I am so Happy having an Allotment at my Favorite Buddhist Temple.

Dave the Druid-3X3