I would just like to say a few words about the current situation and how it relates to the Priory’s activities. Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey has recently closed for a couple of months so that they can help in the lessening of the virus spreading. A small temple like this one with mainly a local congrgation is in a slightly different position. Firstly the numbers attending aren’t as high and from all over the country and Europe. The virus also has a chance of not spreading so much because there are gaps between activities, i.e. a couple of days where the virus can die off, as long as I am careful myself not to spread it. I will be travelling across the South of England this weekend by train and the current Government advice is still not so strigent as to not allow this. At a recent trustees meeting this week we decided that it was good and proper to follow Goverment advice but also act independently if it was felt good to do. If you would like to attend the Priory over this period of heightened health awareness then please do so but I ask you to think twice before doing. I will close the Priory if I have to self isolate but I am thinking, as others are, as to how to carry on in some way. This may be Skype sitting, or giving a talk via Skype etc. I may close for Introductories and do them this way. Maybe we can sit together at the same time just by knowing when that might be.
The spring retreat at Brownshill monastery is still going ahead as I type, but I will be in contact with them to see where they stand on it. The decision may be taken out of our hands.
I hope you are all keeping safe at this time and I look forward, as ever, to your presence here at the the Priory if it is good to do so.