The current cold spell in Europe coincided with our arrival in France. Bob and I are making the winter visit to check out the place, but our work on the garden is limited by the fact that it is frozen solid! Nevertheless the place remains beautiful and with bright sunshine the frost and scatter of snow are brilliant. We have stoves roaring and last night I lit the fire in the fire pit in our meditation hall. It is really elemental sitting in the vast space with a roaring fire and the moon shining in through the big entrance way and the candles flickering on the shrine. (The hall is an old barn, with no doors so the elements blow right in around you). The wind was blowing the bamboo outside and making a wild rustling sound. I chanted nembutsu and Om Mane Padme Hum Rhi very loud into the night air.