February Newsletter

Wymondham Day Retreat on 22nd April

We’ll be holding our regular spring Day Retreat on Saturday 22nd April, at the usual venue, the Fairland Church Centre in Wymondham. Anyone who has been introduced to our practice is welcome to attend. The retreat will begin at 10.30am, with people welcome to arrive from 10.00am onwards, and it will finish at 4.00pm. If you’re not able to stay for the whole retreat, you can join in for part of the day.

For people travelling from Norwich, we’ll be arranging lifts from the Priory. Further details about the retreat will be given in the next newsletter, but if you would like any more information in the meantime, please contact the Priory.

Priory Closed

There won’t be a Basic Buddhism Evening on Tuesday 28th February, as I’ll be visiting the Cambridge Meditation Group.

The Priory will be closed 20th – 27th March (inclusive), apart from on the Wednesday, 22nd, when it will be open from 7.30pm, for the Sangha to meet together for a Dharma Evening.

Visit from Rev. Alicia

It was a pleasure to welcome Rev. Alicia to the Priory for a brief visit, 6th – 7th February, as she journeyed back from a retreat in Sheringham. Rev. Alicia nowadays is the resident monk at Sitting Buddha Hermitage in Cromford, Derbyshire, but, in the past, she and I worked together for a few years in the Bursary at Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey. Some years ago, Rev. Alicia spent a month in Norwich, on a “pilot project”, so that the local congregation could try out having a priory in their area and explore how it might work in practice. So, it was especially fitting to be able to show her how that initial seed had flowered into the Priory that we have today.

Rev. Alicia was able to join me and some of the Sangha for the dawn meditation and morning service at 7.15am on the 7th. Below are a couple of photos taken afterwards.

Rev. Alicia with some of the Sangha standing by the altar

Rev. Alicia and Rev. Leoma staning by the altar

Thanks

I am grateful to those who organised our Christmas meal at the River Green Cafe and to everyone, Sangha members and partners, who came along for what was a very pleasant evening. We were able to enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed setting with some tasty vegetarian food.

Thanks to those people who looked after the Priory while I was away in December and to those who ensured that the Wednesday Dharma Evenings continued in my absence. Also, thank you for the donations of food and the gifts and cards that came to the Priory over the Christmas period.

With best wishes and in gassho,
Reverend Leoma