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Vesakha Puja and Renovation Update

We had our Vesakha Puja celebration here on Sunday. The weather could not have been better as a crowd of about 100 turned up to remember the Buddha’s life and Teachings and take part in the festivities. We’ll post some photos soon. Just under £1000 was raised. Anumodana to everybody who took part!

We are also very pleased to say that the renovation work is almost complete.

The Shrine Room windows are finished. We have two double-glazed tilt-and-turn windows behind the shrine, which are also frosted so as not to detract from the shrine. There is also a new window on the end wall to the right. In the photos you can also see Andy’s handy brick work on the outside of the shrine room wall where the old windows had been,

You can also see our lovely new guest room upstairs. Andy put up the new wall and did the electrics and plumbing, while Ajahn Manapo attended to the cracks in the ceiling, decorated it, and built the cupboards. John our friendly carpet fitter put in the new carpet.

So, all we have left now is to fit the new water system and get the meditation cushions and bamboos for the hedge. And, of course, pay for it all!

We have now raised over £9,000 towards the renovation appeal. So that means just over £15,000 to go toward our goal is £25,000. Anumodana and well done to everybody who has contributed!

Thank You and Well Done!

A big thank you and well done to everyone who attended our Songkran festival and made it such a special day.

The sun came out to warm us all as we took the Refuges and Precepts, offered food to the monks, tucked into the delicious Thai food, and then paid our respects to the Buddha and Sangha in the traditional way – by pouring water over the Buddha image and the monks’ hands.

The very generous donations for the day totalled £3,177.82. Adding the £605 that was donated at Khun Yod’s restaurant in Nottingham on the Saturday, this means £3,782.82 was raised at the weekend. Anumodana and well done to everyone who contributed!

The renovation appeal is going very well too. So far we have raised over £7,300. Fantastic!

Mark Bowen

BDF Treasurer.

(Photos courtesy of Khun Peter, Parinya and Jum Bradley)

Songkran at the Forest Hermitage, 13 April 2014

We invite you to join us in celebrating Songkran, the Thai, Burmese and Sri Lankan New Year.

The programme:

10 am: Arrival.

10:30 am: Morning chanting. Taking of three refuges and five precepts.

11 am: Offering of food to Sangha. Vegetarian lunch to share.

12:30 pm: Bathing of the Buddha image, Sangha members, and each other!

1:15 pm: Dhamma Talk and offering of requisites to Sangha.
2 pm:  Finish.

Bring vegetarian food to eat and share!

There will be a free coach coming from London, leaving at 8am from Marylebone Station, anyone who would like to come on that please contact Khun Gung on 07561 306282.