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Property Purchase Update
The process of buying the property in Chadderton Close has been continuing over recent weeks. Last week the survey was carried out, which went fine. There are always some minor items that are highlighted as needing attention, but overall the surveyor was very complimentary about the property, and was happy to value it at the price that we had agreed with the vendor, which is good news. The next stage is for our mortgage provider to finalise the loan documents for us to sign, and in the meantime the solicitor is working on the legal aspect of things.
We have also heard that the current tenants of the property are planning to leave at the end of November. This is also good news, as this could have held things up quite a bit. We don't yet have any dates for exchanging contracts or completing the sale, but it would obviously be very nice if it could all go through before the Christmas and New Year break. This may be too tight a time-frame, but hopefully we might be able to move during either December or January if things continue to go smoothly.
We have recently received two lump sum donations to the building fund, totalling £1,875 including Gift Aid. We are very grateful for these, and they bring the total in the Building Fund to just over £29,300.
We have also received a very kind loan of £25,000 from Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey, which doesn't need to be repaid until after the mortgage has been paid off. This is a very kind loan from the trustees and the community at Throssel, and makes a big difference to our finances. We are now hoping that we will be able to reduce the mortgage that we will need from £200,000 to £180,000, and also have some funds remaining in order to carry out alterations to the property.
How you can help
Although we are just about able to purchase the property with our current funds, any additional support would be most welcome, as that would allow us to reduce the amount of the mortgage that we would need, which would in turn reduce our monthly repayments. Additional support would also help with the costs of moving and of equipping the new property.
If you feel able to offer any financial assistance to help with this, that would be greatly appreciated. There are a number of ways in which you could help, such as through a donation or by offering a long-term loan to the temple. Full details are on the Building Fund page of the temple website. We are very grateful for all your support.
Festival of Founders Day
This coming Saturday, the 4th of November, we will be celebrating the Festival of Founders Day. This day is an opportunity to offer our gratitude for the life and practice of all those who have practised Buddhism, from the far distant past to the present day. In particular we celebrate those in our own lineage who have passed on the teaching from generation to generation for over 2500 years, and are the founders of this temple. I hope you will be able to join us for this joyful day of celebration.
The day will start at 10am with a meditation period, followed by the ceremony. After the ceremony there will be a Dharma talk, and at about 1pm there will be a bring-and-share vegetarian lunch. In the afternoon there will be two periods of meditation from 2pm, followed by a Dharma discussion and tea. You are welcome to come for any part of the day.
For other events in November, please see the events calendar.
Day Retreat in Nottingham
Last Saturday, the 28th of October, we had a day retreat at the Tiger Boe Centre in Nottingham. It was nice to welcome Sangha members from Nottingham, Loughborough and Leicester, and thank you to all those who helped to make the day such a success.
The large room at Tiger Boe works well as a meditation hall, and the building was nice and quiet throughout the day, despite being so close to the city centre.
Update on Recent Steering Morning
We had a steering morning at the temple on the 14th of October, and the following is a summary of what we discussed.
We started off with a review of the finances. The temple's income for August was very good, especially considering that the temple was closed for the first week of the month, and it remained strong in September as well. Both months were significantly higher than for the same period last year. This was partly due to more people coming along to the temple, and partly due to the increase in standing orders earlier this year.
The graph below shows our overall net income month by month, and includes all income and expenditure except for the Building Fund. The net income is the amount which would be available to put towards mortgage repayments, for example (in addition to our current rent payments of £625 per month).
The average net income over the last six months is now over £350 per month, and the average over the last year is approaching that, giving £975 per month towards the mortgage. The monthly mortgage repayments are expected to be between £1,000 and £1,100 per month.
There is much more information, including more graphs, on the finances page of the temple website.
There was an update on where we are with the property purchase, which is described above.
Next Steering Morning
This is scheduled for Saturday the 9th of December. Please do get in touch if you have any questions or comments about any of this, or anything else related to the temple.
Alms Bowl Requests
Thank you to all those who have donated items to the temple. We are very grateful for donations of any household or other items that the temple might be able to use. Please contact Rev. Aiden if you have an item to offer but are not sure whether it would be useful.
Donations of Food
Offering food is a traditional way to support a monk, and all donations of vegetarian food are most welcome. In particular:
- fresh fruit and vegetables (except garlic or peppers)
- fresh or dried herbs
- porridge oats
- yoghurt and eggs
- peanuts or other nuts
- brown rice and pasta
Any other suitable items would also be appreciated.
The temple is dependent on donations for its continued existence, and any financial support you are able to offer is greatly appreciated. Details of how to offer support can be found on the Donations page of the website.
Property Search Update
We are pleased to be able to let you know that we have had an offer accepted on a property in Chadderton Close, pictured above. It is just down the hill from where we are at the moment, and is a modern detached house with a substantial extension. It was on the market for £310,000, and the vendor has accepted an offer of £295,000.Continue reading →
Visit to Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey
Rev. Aiden was very pleased to be able to visit Throssel briefly in late August. He was only there overnight, but was able to get a lift there and back, so it was a good opportunity to visit Rev. Master Daishin and the community there.
There have been quite a few improvements to the buildings and grounds over the Summer, and below are some photos of these.Continue reading →
Building Fund Update
We have continued to make good progress towards finding a long-term home for the temple, and in early July the Triodos Bank approved our mortgage (of up to £200,000). During June the Building Fund received donations totalling £27,937.50 (including the grant from the Inlight Trust), and at the moment we have sufficient resources (including personal loans that have been offered) to manage a purchase price of about £285,000.Continue reading →
Building Fund Update
There have been a number of developments over the past month, as we continue to work towards finding a long-term home for the temple.
As mentioned in the last newsletter, we had applied for a grant from a charity called the Inlight Trust, and we recently received a cheque from them for £25,000. That was very generous of them, and really helps us towards reaching the amount we would need for a deposit on a property.Continue reading →
Towards a long-term home for the temple
We have been looking for some time for a property to purchase to give the temple a long-term home, and we have now found a property that would suit us very well that is about half a mile from our present location.
We have set up a Building Fund to help raise money towards the purchase, and the temple website now has a Building Fund page, which has more details about the property, including several photos.Continue reading →
Wishing you all a very happy Wesak
We will be celebrating Wesak at the temple next Saturday, the 6th of May. Everyone is cordially invited to come and celebrate the Buddha’s birth with us on this festive day, and you are very welcome to bring family and friends along to see the temple and join in as well.Continue reading →
Day Retreat in Nottingham
Next Saturday, the 1st of April, we will be having a Day Retreat in Nottingham, from 10am to 4pm. Everyone is welcome to this, whether you are from Nottingham, Leicester, or anywhere else in the East Midlands or beyond.
The retreat will be held at the Tiger Boe Centre at 7 Clarendon Street, Nottingham, NG1 5HS.Continue reading →
Festival of the Buddha’s Renunciation
On Saturday the 4th of March we will be celebrating the Festival of the Buddha’s Renunciation. Renunciation, or letting go, lies at the heart of all Buddhist practice, and the story of the Buddha’s Renunciation is a way of conveying the importance of this aspect of training. This festival day will focus on renunciation and letting go, and how we express this within our daily life.Continue reading →
The Festival of Avalokiteshwara
On Saturday the 4th of February we will be celebrating the Festival of Avalokiteshwara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. The name Avalokiteshwara is Sanskrit (Japanese: Kanzeon, Chinese: Kwan Yin, Tibetan: Chenrezig), and means “The one who hears the cries of the world”. To live with compassion is to hear the cries of suffering within ourselves and within all beings, and to be willing to respond, and the festival day will focus on this centrally important aspect of Buddhist practice.Continue reading →
Events on New Year's Eve
During the daytime on New Year's Eve there will be a New Year's Eve Meditation Retreat from 10am to 4.40pm, which will have the same schedule as the usual Sunday Meditation Day. The turning of the year can be a very good time to reflect on our life and practice, and the temple will be open if you would like to come and sit for any part of the day.Continue reading →
Wishing you all a very merry festive season
and best wishes for 2017.
Thank you all for your support during this past year.Continue reading →
The Festival of the Buddha's Enlightenment
The understanding that the Buddha came to during his enlightenment is the basis for the whole of Buddhist practice, and on Saturday the 3rd of December we will be celebrating the Festival of the Buddha's Enlightenment to mark this important event in the life of the Buddha.Continue reading →
The Festival of Great Master Hōun Jiyu
On Saturday the 5th of November we will be celebrating the Festival of Great Master Hōun Jiyu. Rev. Master Jiyu was the founder of our order, and died on the 6th of November 1996. This festival celebrates her life and teaching, as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death.Continue reading →
The Festival of Vimalakirti Bodhisattva
On Saturday the 1st of October we will be celebrating the Festival of Vimalakirti Bodhisattva. Vimalakirti, whose name means "spotless reputation", is the main figure of the Vimalakirti Sutra. He is portrayed as the ideal Buddhist lay practitioner, and is said to have lived at the time of the Buddha. In the scripture he has encounters with each of the Buddha's most senior disciples, and debates with Manjusri Bodhisattva, all of which demonstrate his great wisdom.Continue reading →
The Festival of Great Master Bodhidharma
On Saturday the 3rd of September we will be celebrating the Festival of Great Master Bodhidharma. Bodhidharma is an important figure within Zen, as he is credited with bringing the meditation school of Buddhism from India to China. His emphasis on "pure meditation", and the need to spend time "just sitting" facing a wall, are still central to our tradition. This festival is an opportunity to celebrate the life of Bodhidharma and to focus on some of his important teachings.Continue reading →
Summer at the temple
It has been nice to have some hot sunny weather recently, and the temple garden has certainly benefited from it after all the rain of previous weeks. Here are a few recent photos.
On Saturday the 13th of August we will be celebrating the Festival of Great Master Dōgen. Great Master Dōgen was a thirteenth century Japanese monk. He has a very important place in our tradition, as he brought the Sōtō Zen school of Buddhism from China to Japan. This festival is an opportunity to celebrate his life and teaching.Continue reading →
I'm very pleased to be able to let you know that we have been successful in registering Turning Wheel Buddhist Temple as a charity.
The temple has been operating for about a year and a half now, and the local Sangha has been gradually growing during that time. In the last few months we have been going through the process of registering the temple as its own charity, and on the 28th of June we heard from the Charity Commission that our application has been successful; Turning Wheel Buddhist Temple is now Registered Charity Number 1167910.Continue reading →
We had a glorious day of sunshine for our Wesak Festival on the 7th of May. As well as local Sangha members from Leicester there were six people from Nottingham, as well as Sangha members from Market Harborough, Loughborough, Melton Mowbray, Chesterfield and Sheffield. It was great to have so many visitors from throughout the East Midlands (and beyond).
Our Wesak altar was made beautiful with many different kinds of artifical flowers. All of these had been donated, some last year and some more recently, and we are very grateful to be able to use them.Continue reading →