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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.
We have also received another offer of a loan and several lump-sum donations towards the building fund. For a possible purchase price of £300,000 we are aiming to raise a deposit of £100,000, and we are now only about £16,000 short of that.
We have also applied for a mortgage from the Triodos Bank. They seem to be viewing our application favourably, although there are still details to work through before we will know the outcome. Hopefully we will hear from them in the next couple of weeks.
On the property front, the house that we are interested in on Kingsmead Road, pictured above, has been reduced from £325,000 to £310,000, and now to £299,950. In addition, a number of other possible properties have come onto the market, including a number of four bedroom detached houses for about £250,000 although these are not in such a convenient area.
How you can help
If you feel able to offer any financial assistance to help us purchase a property for the temple, 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. We are very grateful for all your support.
Festival of Achalanatha
This coming Saturday, the 1st of July, we will be celebrating the Festival of Achalanatha Bodhisattva. Achalanatha, the "Immovable One", represents commitment and determination in Buddhist practice. Achalanatha is portrayed sitting in meditation amidst the flames of the passions, and is not driven away from the place of meditation by them, however much they seem to burn. Achalanatha holds the Sword of Wisdom to cut through delusion, and offers us the rope of the Buddhist Precepts. To begin with this may seem like it constricts us, but when we look more closely we see that it liberates us.
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 July, please see the events calendar.
Update on Recent Steering Morning
We had a steering morning at the temple on the 24th of June, and the following is a summary of what we discussed.
We started off with a review of the finances, and below is a graph showing the temple's "core income" for each month since April 2015. The blue bars show regular income from standing order donations, the red bars represent donations placed in the temple alms bowl (guest donations), and the yellow bars are the sum of these two.
The temple's income continued at a healthy level in the last couple of months, helped by the new standing orders that have started recently. In May our core income was the highest we have had since the temple opened, and this level of income will be a great help in making mortgage repayments once we have purchased a property.
There is much more information, including more graphs, on the finances page of the temple website.
We discussed recent developments in our project to find a suitable property for the temple to purchase, as described at the beginning of the newsletter above.
Events for people who are new to Buddhist practice
We had some discussion of whether we are providing events that it is easy for people who are relatively new to Buddhism to join in with. We have Basic Buddhism Evenings on a Thursday, and the intention is that these should be quite "introductory". At any of our meetings, however, there are likely to be people who have been training for very different lengths of time; some for decades, some for just a few weeks or months. This is a great benefit to all, but those who are new to practice may not connect with a discussion between more long-standing Sangha members, and we agreed that we do also need to be aware of their needs.
There weren't any concrete proposals in this area, but we agreed that we needed to be aware of the issue.
Next Steering Morning
The next Steering Morning will be on Saturday the 19th of August. 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 any donations of vegetarian food are most welcome. In particular:
- brown rice and pasta
- fresh fruit and vegetables (except garlic or peppers)
- porridge oats
- yoghurt and eggs
- peanuts or other nuts
- nut or seed spreads (e.g. peanut butter, tahini)
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.
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 →
Recent Retreat Day in Nottingham
We had a very successful day retreat in Nottingham on Saturday the 23rd of April. The retreat was held at the Tiger Boe Centre in Clarendon Street in the centre of Nottingham, and there were 12 people there for the morning session, and 13 in the afternoon.
The venue worked out very well for the retreat, with a large room upstairs to use as a meditation hall, and another room downstairs near to the kitchen where we could have lunch. We also used that space for the talk and discussion in the afternoon.
We haven't had a day retreat in Nottingham for about 18 months, and it was nice to see people from Chesterfield, Leicester and rural Nottinghamshire, as well as from Nottingham itself. Our meditation hall was pretty full, and it was nice to have a good number of voices to recite the scriptures during morning service.Continue reading →
Wishing you all a very happy Wesak
I hope you will be able to join us for our Wesak Celebrations on Saturday the 7th of May,Continue reading →
Invitation to Wesak:The Festival of the Buddha's Birth
We will be celebrating Wesak at the temple on Saturday the 7th 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. We will be celebrating the festival jointly with Rev. Alicia from Sitting Buddha Hermitage who will be joining us for the day.Continue reading →
Festival of Avalokiteshwara Bodhisattva
It was lovely to have a dozen people here for the Festival of Avalokiteshwara at the beginning of February. Avalokiteshwara (Japanese: Kanzeon, Chinese: Kwan Yin, Tibetan: Chenrezig) is the Bodhisattva of Compassion, and the day focussed on this centrally important aspect of Buddhist practice.
The Scripture of Avalokiteshwara, which we recited during the ceremony, is the verse section of a chapter of the Lotus Sutra, and the following is a short section from one translation of this:
Great Compassion sees this whole world as it is,
Free from distortion,— with wisdom vast and true,
All beings are embraced by Great Compassion :
Let us always call upon Great Compassion,— and give rise to this wisdom in ourselves.