1. "What is most essential is the practice of mindfulness." Don’t rush. The pace will
change over the course of a project, but your response and your
discipline don’t have to change.
2. Work without distractions, external or internal.
Work with a sober crew. In our hiring we will specifically seek out
people who have made a commitment to lead clean, mindful lives, lives
that are one step away the domination of addiction and ego. “Turn to
reality, and annihilate fantasy.” -YuanWu, Zen Letters
3. Be honest about your experience, knowledge, and ignorance. Learn.
4. Build to last. Build with care for the Earth.
Build with passion and compassion, for the customer and co-workers.
5. Take care of the tools. Save extra materials. Take
an extra 30 seconds here and there to be in the moment, to keep the
workplace clean, to wrap up cords, to think about tripping hazards on
6. Work with nature. Design and build in a way that
is integrated with nature, not to conquer nature. Re-use materials from
7. “Go the extra mile.”
8. Some of the most essential philosophers in history
were carpenters. Think of Whitman building houses in Brooklyn. Think of
Jesus who said “cleave the woods and there am I."
9. Start at 8 AM. Take morning break at 10:30 AM.
Oftentimes, we will do some quick stretches, yoga or zazen during
morning break. Lunch at 1:00-1:30 PM. Wrap and clean site at 4:00 PM.
End at 4:30 PM. If you go late, take care of each other.
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