I’ve just taken a stroll around the garden, enjoying a burst of sunshine in a day of mixed weather. A couple of hours ago a brief storm completely soaked Angie, who was busy working in the garden. Luckily David, who had also been busy in the garden, was inside during the wild weather.
Angie, who arrived this morning in her short green wellies, had been planting out the seedlings we’ve been growing on the table in front of the big windows in our flat: Foxglove, coreopsis, aquilegia, and goodness knows what else.
David has been collecting the chunks of Malvern granite that lie around the garden and creating a dry-stone ha-ha, a wall to hold back a bank of earth where the wildflower garden is flourishing.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at the temple.
The weekend just gone we joined Pureland Buddhists around the world in a continuous nembutsu practice, organised by Zojoji temple in Japan. We’ve been invited to join Shojoke-in, on October 8th, for another session. How wonderful to be connected with a worldwide sangha in this way. Not only were we chanting at the same time, we were able to watch other groups around the world practice, each with their own style or melody.
Sunday morning we held a fundraising event for Amnesty International. Coffee, cake and social engagement – what could be better? Some people came to this event who we hadn’t seen since just after moving in here eighteen months ago, wonderful to re-connect with them and show them how the building and garden has changed.
The weekend before that, we played hosts to Padmagosha and Linda, Richard Ollier came to visit, we had a volunteer day, hosted a beautiful Raga, and had lots of conversations with visitors and community members. And before that, Satya and I were visiting family, and came back to meet with Sundari and Bhaktika, who were staying at the temple. Good times.
After a few changes in our residential community the temple feels settled again now. We enjoy each other’s company, both at our Friday evening community meal and in our morning meditations: two different kinds of communion.
I’m looking forward to our regular evening service tonight, and on Friday evening our pan-Buddhist Wessak celebrations, when we’ll be joined by Buddhists of different stripes from the local community to practice and share together.
Love and Namo Amida Bu
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