Roadworks affecting Priory

Starting on the 27th August until the end of September there are roadworks all along Cressingham Road. They are starting outside the Priory so hopefully as they move up the hill the direct affect on access and parking will soon be over.

Cancellation

I apologise but I have had to cancel the group afternoon  meeting on Friday 16th August as no one is available to open up the Priory. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Priory work days

Occasionally we have work days her at the Priory. I have scheduled two of these for the next couple of months or so. The first is Saturday April 27th followed by Saturday 8th June. They will both run from 9.30 to 5.00. Please feel free to do as much as you wish between those times.There is ongoing gardening as usual as well as the preperation and glossing of the woodwork throughout the temple. This hasn’t been done for a while and a freshen up is needed. These days are a fine oppurtunity to work alonside other sangha members and practice meditation in activity. If you are interested then please let me know so that I can make sure there is work for everyone. If you don’t feel up to the work offered (for any reason) then of course there are meals to prepare which may suit. I look forward to seeing you as usual and am grateful for all the help there is.

Redecorating front room

We have just redecorated the front room at the Priory. Thanks Jafer for all your help. I have replaced the ice blue with warmer tones. Most of the walls are now in Dusted Rose with the window wall in bleached Sand. I think it has made a vast difference and hope you agree when you come to visit. As the year progresses we will be re glosssing all the woodwork which is quite damaged with chips and scrapes for example.I think giving the place a freshen up is long overdue. Any help you can manage will be greatly appreciated.

Retreat Hut

The weather is warming up and the garden is coming into blossom and flower. So this seems a good time to remind you of the retreat hut we have here at the Priory. Available for short and long retreats. As you can see it is quite sizeable and has electricity.  I can tailor the retreat to your needs and where you are in your practice in consultation with you. It is only available for single person use. Contact Rev. Gareth to discuss it over.

Parinirvana woodcut research help

I am currently trying to research this woodcut of the Buddha’s Parinirvana which we have at the Priory. It was found in an envelope dated 1996. It doesn’t look like it has been out of the envelope much in the last 23 years and has subsequently received some acid damage from the envelope. If you were around then do you remember seeing it and can you remember anything about it. It is about 3’9” long by 2′. I am currently getting help with the translation so am piecing it together. Any help would be appreciated. If you read or speak Japanese can you decipher it. So far I have Tofuku-ji temple the numbers 8 and 4 as well as Parinirvana and a character that says figure or portrait. Also we have Edo period year 15 (1758?) as well as the name of the artist (to be confirmed) and his age. It seems to have been donated around the early 20Century. There is also possibly an emperors name in the vertical writing. If you can help with this in any way I would appreciate it.