May Retreat – Fred’s Reflections
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by Mugo
2M ago
We had a retreat a weekend, or so, ago when we celebrated Wesak, the Buddhist celebration of the birth, death and enlightenment of the Buddha, all rolled into one event. I will post some photographs, however this/these Haiku take precedence. Penned by Fred who came to the retreat ..read more
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‘The Pure Land is Within’
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by Mugo
2M ago
It’s a red letter day, Rev. Master Saido’s personal business has been completed. I was happy and glad to act as his Executor, now happy and glad his instructions are completed. What better day to share these Haiku ..read more
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The Merit of Cleaning
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by Mugo
4M ago
Early this morning, I was in the kitchen here at Telford Priory, and saw a couple of counters were awash with water! Briskly I mopped up, checked the cupboards below and mopped them up too. While down low, I removed the pots and pans in the cupboard and gave the shelves a thorough clean. With a bowl of hot water and still on the floor, the cupboard doors got a clean, and the floor and….well, I could have gone on forever. Cleaning, like just about everything else, can become obsessive.  After all, there is always something somewhere that needs cleaning! However, the priory cleaning has to ..read more
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The Ceremony of Interring Rev. Saido’s ashes in the Stupa
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by Mugo
5M ago
This ceremony, was held at Telford Buddhist Priory in early October 2023, with the sun shining brightly for the occasion. About 80 people attended, many travelling from a distance. The event was ‘filmed’ by Rev. Master Aiden Hall Prior of the Turning Wheel Buddhist Temple in Leicester, and expertly edited by Rev. Master Roland Watson, resident at Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey. Bows of gratitude for your work. Rev. Aiden wrote about the event in their November 2023 Newsletter.  As the anniversary of Rev. Masters death approaches, he died March 3rd, there may well be updates here. And am so sorr ..read more
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Show and Tell – Video Remembering Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett
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by Mugo
8M ago
On Sunday 5th November we celebrated the Festival of the Founder. Rev. Master Jiyu, first founder of Telford Buddhist Priory, was honoured during the ceremony. There were many bows, much incense and offerings generally, including our singing of scriptures and invocations. Afterwards there was a talk, a ‘show and tell’, with stories about a number of items I have of Rev. Masters, accumulated over the years I spent with her at Shasta Abbey in the 1980s and 90s. Many thanks to James for filming and to Rev. Roland for uploading the file to YouTube ..read more
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Pausing by the River South Tyne – greetings video
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by Mugo
10M ago
I reference a country hotel called Lovelady Shield Hotel where the little group of walkers I was with would have tea. As it turned out we had tea at The Nook Cafe, close to several long distant paths, one being Isaac’s Tea Trail. Many thanks to the group and for being treated to the much appreciated tea, cheese scone and butter ..read more
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The Lavatory
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by Mugo
1y ago
“In case of calamities do not forget to breath.” An inspiring thought by a sangha member, in The Netherlands. The tile made for them now graces their ‘works’ loo. A timely reminder for all of us to take time out in that private sanctity, of calming and privacy. The lavatory ..read more
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Facing Backwards – Walking Forwards
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by Mugo
1y ago
If you have a moment – Listen Appreciate Touch/Feels Know……. And if you have a moment some-time-now do listen, and appreciate todays BBC Radio 4 program Something Understood. This mornings beautiful rich Living in the Moment with Rabbi Dr. Harvey Belovski is good for the ‘soul’. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0001h0x?partner=uk.co.bbc&origin=share-mobile ..read more
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Rev. Saidō Remembered
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by Mugo
1y ago
This presentation was given on July 1st at the Leeds Sangha Day. There was an offering ceremony just before this talk, when those present passed around food and other items in a circle. The celebrant blessed each offering when it returned to the altar.  Later the items were parcelled up and given to the monks who were there. For me, that ceremony is an example of circulating spiritual merit. Such merit is ‘generated’, best one can say, through action. I go into this during the presentation, however there is much more to say on the subject.  Remembering Glenda who wrote an email months ag ..read more
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RIP Tina Turner
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by Mugo
1y ago
In 2020, Turner said that despite having serious health problems, the last 10 years of her life had embodied her ideal vision of happiness. ”I found happiness because I desire nothing. It’s a happiness I never knew existed. In the past, happiness was, ‘Oh I bought a dress!’ ‘Oh have this car!’ It was all material things. Now I get up in the morning and meditate. Inside, a feeling of wellness where you’re sitting there, just where you want to be. There’s nothing you want. People think when you’re on stage, that they are your glory days. The lights, the clothes… They were not my glory days. The ..read more
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