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Festival of Achalanatha Bodhisattva
This coming Saturday, the 7th 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
On the 16th of June we had a Steering Morning at the temple, and the first thing that was discussed was the temple finances. There have been a lot of changes to the finances in recent months, with the purchase of the property, and then starting to pay the mortgage.
There are many graphs on the finances page to try to visual the finances, and below is just one, which shows our overall net cash incomings. These are much lower now that we have started making mortgage payments, but we have managed to break even in the last couple of months.
We also discussed what we do at the Wednesday Dharma Evenings, following Evening Service and meditation.
I have been thinking about this for a while, and I suggested that:
- one Wednesday a month could be a discussion
- one could be a question and answer evening
- one could be looking at a Dharma text (we are currently going through "Trust in the Heart" by the third Chinese ancestor Kanchi Sosan)
- on one we could listen to a recorded Dharma Talk (probably by a monk of the OBC, although not necessarily)
This will start from the beginning of July, and I will put on the calendar which each week will be, so that you know in advance. I would welcome suggestions of topics for discussion, and also if Sangha members could suggest recorded Dharma talks to listen to.
The next Steering Morning will be in 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 all donations of vegetarian food are most welcome. In particular:
- peanuts or other nuts
- porridge oats
- peanut butter
- fresh fruit and vegetables (except garlic or peppers)
- fresh or dried herbs
- yoghurt and eggs
- 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.
The Temple is Now Fully Open
You may remember from the April newsletter that shortly before the property purchase was completed, our mortgage provider had questioned whether we were allowed to function as a Buddhist Temple with the current residential use class that the new property has. They had asked us to check this with the council, and not to use the property as a Buddhist Temple in the meantime.
We are very happy to be able to let you know that this situation has now been resolved.
Setting up the New Property
There has been a lot to do to get the new property sorted out and organised after the busy week of moving in early March. There are still lots of boxes to unpack, but items are gradually being moved to the rooms that they need to end up in. Most of the things that need to go into attic storage, at least for the time being, have now been moved to the attic, freeing up space in other locations. There are still quite a few pieces of furniture in the garage, as well as other items, which are yet to be moved into place.
The New Temple Property
We are pleased to be able to let you know that we have now moved to the new property in Chadderton Close, and thank you to all those who helped us make the move from Lamborne Road. The property purchase was completed on Friday the 9th of March, and on Saturday the 10th about ten people kindly came along to help at various times during the morning, with quite a few vehicles.
A New Home for the Temple
We are very pleased to be able to let you know that we now have a date to move to the new property that we are purchasing, which is pictured above. The legal issue that was holding up the purchase was finally resolved in early February, and we have just heard that the completion date will be the 9th of March.
So after quite a delay we are now able to start planning for the move. The temple will be closed for a week or so whilst we move everything, and quite a few people have kindly offered help with vehicles and their time.Continue reading →
Festival of Avalokiteshwara Bodhisattva
On Saturday the 3rd 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.
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.
Then in the evening we will have the traditional New Year’s Eve Ceremony, starting with meditation at 7.30pm.Continue reading →
Wishing you all a very merry festive season and best wishes for 2018.
Thank you all for your support during this past year, which is very much appreciated.
Celebrating 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 2nd 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 →
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.Continue reading →
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 →