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It was a magical day from the start. I took my Max for a walk while the moon–full and silvery in the early morning twilight–slowly made its descent for the rising of Great Eastern Sun. And so, with an auspicious beginning, the sky opened, the rain gave way, and 20 good-hearted volunteers gathered at lunch hour in the Downtown Eastide to serve warm baked potatoes freshly prepared in their home kitchens.

We served roughly 300 potatoes with full trimmings to hundreds of very grateful people from the community. It was a heartwarming event for the volunteers, and the people congregated at Pigeon Park alike, sharing in the spirit of human-to-human kindness and sharing.

The event was co-sponsored and organized by and–many folks from the Vancouver Shambhala Center attended.

My sincere thanks to all the volunteers for making this first event an easy and outstanding success. My special heartfelt thanks to Lisa Hill from, for her unwavering enthusiasm and generosity of spirit, and to Ben Harapat ( for bringing his tent awning!

A huge and heartfelt thank you goes to, who donated 50lbs of organic potatoes; and Stong’s Market on Dunbar Street in Vancouver, for donating another 50lbs!

Please drop a line and stay tuned for future dharma events…

Michael Gordon

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