Dear Dhamma Friends,
I’ve been so impressed with this community that I’d like to entrust the following task to all of you. After training in Thailand, Australia, and California for the past eight years of my ordination, I’m returning home to my native Washington to look into starting a monastery in Seattle, Washington and supporting my parents, both long-term practitioners, in their founding of an associated retreat center for bhikkhus and bhikkhunis in nearby Winthrop. Both the Seattle-based Clear Mountain Monastery Project and Winthrop-based Cascade Hermitage aspire to offer a Dhamma refuge and teachings free to all who come, supporting both my monastic brothers and sisters.
Though the websites for both projects are now live, neither currently have logos. It would be an honor to see what the generosity of my fellow practitioners might provide. If you are an artist or know one and feel inspired to help create a pair of logos for the centers, it would represent a great gift. I’ve included more detailed thoughts below for those interested. Feel free to post ideas and concepts as responses. Everything is welcome. Sadhu!
In the Dhamma,
Clear Mountain Monastery Project
The above websites give some idea of the desired aesthetic. The main fonts - CINZEL and CORMORANT GARAMOND used in the titles convey an air of clarity, elegance, and boldness. While Clear Mountain Monastery Project, aligned with nearby Mount Rainier and a purely monastic project, maintains a bolder feel, Cascade Hermitage represents a softer and more receptive endeavor in that it is run by laity, resides in a valley, and will cater to monastics of many traditions as well as long-term practitioners. Logos may be related but should be fairly distinct, if possible.
For inspiration, the following are some of my favorite monastery logos:
Finally, the following was created as a concept design by Ajahn Kovilo, another monk planning on helping create Clear Mountain (C (moon), M (mountain), M (monastic huts)), get it?
Anumodana, once again!