The Norwich Priory is now back to running a normal schedule and welcoming visitors for all our usual meetings and other events.
The Festival of the Buddha’s Enlightenment will take place on Sunday, 10th December. There will be a meditation period at 9.45 and the ceremony will start around 10.30 (after a short rehearsal). This will be followed by coffee and stollen, with a Dharma talk and discussion. Please let Rev. Leoma know if you would like to attend in person. Below is the altar set up for the festival last year.
The Priory will be closed 22nd – 29th December (inclusive). On New Year’s Eve, which is a Sunday, there will be a Meditation and Contemplation Day, 10.00am – 4.45pm. At 7.00pm, we’ll be having a Meditation Evening, consisting of two 30-minute meditation periods, the New Year Ceremony (at 8.30pm) and a short social tea at 9.00pm. People are welcome to join for all or part of the evening. Anyone who would like to attend in person should please let Rev. Leoma know. On New Year’s Day, there will be a Sangha Morning with Renewing the Precepts.
On Sunday 5th November, we celebrated our tenth anniversary, with a festival ceremony to express our gratitude to Reverend Master Jiyu-Kennett, the founder of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. Afterwards, we enjoyed coffee and stollen, with a Dharma talk and discussion on a passage from ‘The Wild, White Goose’ in which Rev. Master Jiyu spoke about the importance of training together with others, which seemed very appropriate teaching for the Priory and its Sangha. The photos below were taken after the ceremony.
Unfortunately, the visit of Rev. Master Haryo, the Head of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, and Rev. Elinore, which had been planned for the autumn, had to be cancelled at short notice. It is hoped that this may be rescheduled early next year.
I am very grateful to the Sangha member who drove me to London and back to help with bringing boxes and bags of items to the Priory. Thank you to everyone who helps and supports the Priory and its Prior in all sorts of ways – the Priory is what it is today, ten years on from being founded, because of the ongoing training and help offered by the Sangha.
With best wishes and in gassho,