announcements


Our vestibule is opening again

With the UK government moving on to Step 3 of their COVID-19 roadmap out of lockdown, we have decided to re-open the Dhamma Hall vestibule to the general public. This means that starting tomorrow, Monday the 17th of May, you are welcome to visit the vestibule only from 7am to 7pm every day.

Despite the government’s relaxation of certain restrictions - such as indoor mixing - after consultation we have taken the decision to still ask visitors to not mix inside the vestibule between different households; please wait outside if somebody is already in there. Additionally, we ask visitors to:

- Sanitize their hands (hand-sanitizing gels are provided)
- Always wear a face-covering inside
- Fill one of the guests form available (not mandatory, but encouraged to help the NHS with contact tracing)
- Put any books and other items that you touch but don’t take away in the relevant box
- Read the notices that have been put out as they might contain guidelines not mentioned here for the sake of simplicity

Also, you are welcome to pick up free-distribution books and as many ForestSangha calendars as you like.

The offerings table is on the left as you enter, and a container for flowers is beside the shrine. Generally, we have made an effort to put signs everywhere, however please do let us know if anything is unclear, or if you have any further enquiry, by emailing Samanera Jotisaro at sangha@ratanagiri.org.uk

Dana

For those not able, or who don’t feel ready to visit, though are wondering how they can support the monastery, the community maintains the dana page with helpful items for the monastery, and the option to sponsor a meal is also available. (Please know that we are very well looked after.)
Do not hesitate to email Tan Sucinno at dana@ratanagiri.org.uk for more information in this area.

Luang Por Munindo’s latest booklet

As mentioned in our earlier New Moon update, a booklet version of Sitting in the Buddha’s Waiting Room was produced and is now available on the ForestSangha website. It is a chapter from In Any Given Moment and takes as its fulcrum the five spiritual faculties. In this form it might prove less intimidating to those who feel disinclined to read bigger books. It is hoped that we will produce more such booklets in the years to come - some of them from new, yet-untranscribed Dhamma talks - so as to create a sort of compendium of Luang Por’s teachings as he enters his eighth decade. If you have skills in the area of audio transcription please do not hesitate to contact Tan Adicco at itmanager@ratanagiri.org.uk