I met Daikyu Dan Thompson in the spring of 1992, in one of
my first sesshins at
Dai Bosatsu Zendo. Since then he has been my best
friend and the most helpful being in my everyday life here in Rochester.
He is one of those rare people one can rely on 100% and always does what
he says he will do. I cannot possibly thank him enough for endless rides
to sesshins, to stores to buy supplies needed for my business, and for
food, and for hundreds other tasks he helps me with. Most of all for his
loyalty and sharing of his time and heart.
Due to having a computer I am able to express this and
share my words in the form of a website. The first one came thanks to the
generosity of few friends from
Choboji Sangha in Seattle: Gentetsu Steven
Grant, Genko Kathy Blackman, Genjo Marinello Osho and Linda Knower
together bought me an old MAC with all the necessary software. Gentetsu created my first webpage and hosted it on his own website,
endlessly correcting the Endless Knot order form for
over the last ten years or so. Thank you very much!
These days I
am using a new Dell, and other hardware given to me by my Polish friend,
Andrzej Baranski,and Seth Kircher. Thank you for your giving heart.
The inspiration to learn how to create my own website came
from several friends, but most of all it was Sunyana Sensei, from the
Vermont Zen Center, who last year created and expanded my one page website
to the present size. She also designed and produced hundreds of Endless
Knot brochures, which one day arrived in the mail as a surprise.
Finally I was able to acquire needed software for this new computer, again
thanks to Gentetsuís help and now am able to use it
myself. Thank you, all my website Bodhisattvas!
Considering some aspects of my Endless Knot business, it
would be absolutely impossible for me to manage it without the help and
cooperation of staff members of the Rochester Zen Center. For years they
have been helping me with getting and storing supplies, carrying heavy
boxes and huge bolts of fabric and stuffing cushions. My friends, with
whom I did zazen in this zendo years ago, are not here anymore. However
there are always a few people who help with joy, among them Alex
Fernandez, Christopher Taylor, Ed Kademan and John Pulleyn in recent days.
LouAnne Jaeger has been updating my order form on the ZC website.
It would take a thick book to list all of the people from
the local Sangha who have helped me in everyday life. Among them there are
a few whom I cannot forget; Alan Temple, Alan McAllister, Anne Meade, Seth
Kircher , Axel Karies, Magda Kietlinska, Keith Carpenter, Ben Taylor and Clare Weigel. Thank you all
for your selfless help and giving.
These days I do zazen and sesshins in a different center, but the way I
see it, there is only One Sangha and One Zendo.
Lastly, I cannot imagine mailing my products to customers
without the help of many mailmen and UPS people who are always VERY
helpful and kind to me.
There are many, many more beings, truly the entire Universe
which support my life. About some of them I may not even know.
To ALL, my gratitude is endless.
With a deep bow,
Ekyo Urszula Sapeta