We shall be celebrating the Priory’s fourth anniversary on Sunday 5th November and you are warmly invited to join us. The morning will include two meditation periods, starting at 9.30 and 10.00, followed by a festival ceremony for Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett at 10.40. Then there will be coffee with a Dharma talk and discussion, followed by a bring-and-share vegetarian lunch. You are welcome to come along for any part of the day. The full schedule can be found here.
On Sunday 3rd December, you are very welcome to join us for the Festival of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, which is one of the major Buddhist celebrations. The schedule for the morning will be similar to that for the anniversary, except that there won’t be a shared lunch on that day. More details of this event are here.
The Priory will be closed from 4th to 16th December (inclusive) and also over the Christmas holiday, from 22nd to 26th December (inclusive).
Our Christmas meal will again be held at River Green Cafe in Trowse, on Tuesday 19th December. If you would like to join us, please contact me for more details (partners are very welcome to come along too).
On Sunday 31st December, we’ll be having an evening of meditation, followed by the New Year Ceremony at 9.00pm. On New Year’s Day, there will be a Sangha Morning with a Renewing the Precepts Ceremony. More details of these events will be given nearer the time.
The day retreat in Cambridge on 14th October was well attended by members of both the Cambridge and the Norwich Sanghas. This opportunity to meet up and practise together during a quiet day of meditation and contemplation seems quite precious. The Dharma talk focussed on time and the flow of existence, with reference to Great Master Dogen’s essay Uji – in zazen, we can come to know that being and time are one and this affects all aspects of our life. Thank you to the members of the Cambridge Group who organised the retreat and ensured that it ran smoothly, as well as to those Norwich Sangha members who offered lifts on the day.
I am particularly grateful for the opportunity that I had recently for a week of rest and retreat time in Blakeney – thanks to those who made available the place of retreat and who gave me lifts there and back. As always, thanks to those who help in all sorts of ways to keep the Priory functioning and who look after the Priory when I’m away.
With best wishes and in gassho,