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What Will Winter Bring

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Because this year the rowan trees are so heavily laden with berries, does that mean that we are in for a heavy winter? Or might this be the fruit of the summer we have just had? More immediately, the plastering and wall-papering work at Mangala House is nearly completed. The…

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Approaching Kathina

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Picture: Repainting Mangala House garage

The Full Moon for this month, Pavarana Day, which is the end of the vassa 2016 (rainy season retreat), falls on Sunday 16th Oct. Before the temperatures drop too low the sangha have been attending to some outdoor repairs and redecoration at Mangala House…

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Blessings

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Picture: Saturday's procession carrying the Buddha rupa to Mangala House

It didn't rain on Saturday despite the earlier predictions. A large gathering of friends and supporters enjoyed the autumn sunshine and accompanied the sangha in procession down the hill, delivering the Buddha rupa safely and joyously into Mangala…

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Getting Ready

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Picture: Penny getting ready for some serious strimming

A lot of last Saturday's Work Day was tidying up around the lake after summer and getting ready for winter. Autumn appears to be already upon us with the days significantly shorter and morning mists lingering longer. Preparations are well…

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Spreading the Goodness

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Picture: planting a tree for James

A good number of the Glasgow Group gathered at the monastery on Saturday 17th to say goodbye to our dear friend James Scott. James was the founder (and sustainer for many years) of the Glasgow group and was much loved by many…

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Red Sky at Night

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Picture: Sunset on Harnham Lake

Whether or not a red sky at night is really a harbinger of fine weather around the corner, sunsets can be a treat. Life for most of us here presently proceeds as usual; except for Aj Punnyo who is leading a group of…

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Retreat Again

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Picture: Ajahn Punnyo

The Full Moon for this next month falls tomorrow, 1st September. Recently here it's been raining again, but also the sun has been shining again and now we are about to have a retreat again; this time a lay retreat led by Ajahn Punnyo at…

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Gentle Calm

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Picture: Ajahn Go at the Lake-side Kuti

After all the wind we had during the recent retreat week, last Saturday's Lake Work Day with a wash-out, however moods were not too dampened and lots of work was still done. Thankfully these interludes of inclement weather are beautifully contrasted…

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Very Helpful

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Picture: Rolf Henrik

The Full Moon for this month falls tomorrow, Thursday 18th August. In recent weeks it seems we've had more than our fair share of windy weather, but it has not been cold. And during the recent retreat week there wasn't anything so serious as to…

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Business As Usual

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Picture: kitchen manager, Justin-from-France

Justin is already well settled into kitchen managing although because of the retreat he is having this week off. The 22 or so retreatants on our annual Summer Retreat, led as usual by Ajahn Abhinando, have also settled in, with Rolf Henrik and Jonathan…

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