At our recent AGM there was a heartfelt request for Order Members and mitras to be able to come to the Centre over the coming weeks. We can really understand how important it feels to many of you to be able to connect with our beloved building; to make shrines and perform acts of devotion there in the context of our shared history and vision.
The Centre Team is, however, not in a position to make that possible in the coming weeks. We simply don't have the resources or, as it were, infrastructure to facilitate the cleaning and maintenance of the space that would be required in... Read More
Based on the enthusiastic response and helpful feedback we have received from our recent Sangha Night talk, we are excited to announce that we will be launching the Dana Economy, a community based on generosity, on Sangha Day. Such a transformative move for the Centre will encourage all of us to engage in a vibrant community, giving freely in whatever way we can, so that we can share the Dharma with all.
In these uncertain times, and with our Centre having been physically closed for more than three months now, it is natural for there to have been questions about the Centre’s financial health. Many of you will also be aware that the Centre has been receiving funds under the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (commonly known as furloughing), and may have questions about that. We hope to give you below some idea of the situation.
The first thing to say is that the Centre is not in any immediate financial danger. Sangha members, and many... Read More
Local Buddhist artist, Saddharaja - whose 'The Tibetan Wheel of Life' is available to download HERE - is offering his latest artwork - 'The Attack of Mara' - free, to mark the traditional annual Buddha Day festival. The scene depicts a decisive moment in the Buddha's Enlightenment, where he symbolically overcame the forces of negativity and limitation and called forth the Earth Godess to testify to his right to become a fully Enlightened, liberated human being.
You can download your high resolution copy of the artwork... Read More
The British music, fashion and culture monthly magazine, The Face, interviewed our very own Abhayamati as part of an article on how to deal with self-isolation. Subtitled 'Wisdom from a Buddhist, an astronaut, a man who lived in the Australian outback and a man who worked on a research station in Antarctica' the article includes a section where Abhayamati talks about fearlessness, simplicity and the value of solitariness.
Read the article on The Face website: ... Read More
Liz, our lovely Property Manager, is making sure our historic building remains in good repair and, on her recent visit, took these pictures of our sumptuous courtyard gardens.
View the full size photos here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/uyFRsVcPyH1GQkG5A
Can you spot the ladybird?