Today is the full moon day, which means we have one month left before we enter this year’s Rains Retreat. On the subject of rain, it’s been several weeks since we’ve seen the wet stuff and everything is looking very thirsty. Even some of our giant rainwater butts are almost empty. On the plus side, because the grass has stopped growing and we’re not having to cut it, it’s giving all of the buttercups, daisies, clover and the like a chance to flourish.
On Monday evening Luangpor led the final Warwick University Buddhist Society meeting of this academic year. This year’s group has been a good one, with attendance regularly reaching 30 – 40 students. Luangpor has also been pleased with how well they’ve been sitting – barely moving a muscle for the duration of the sessions. Meetings will begin again in October and, as usual, they will be open to all.
Last night Ajahn Manapo hosted the 1st Stockton Scout Group, who are working on their World Faith Challenge Badge. They were quite an inquisitive bunch, asking lots of questions about Buddhism and the life of a monk. Thankfully they were also good meditators, sitting for almost ten minutes without too much wriggling. This Friday afternoon Ajahn Manapo will welcome a class of Year 2s from High Meadow Infant School in Coleshill.
If you have visited the Hermitage in the last 30+ years you will know Maureen. Since the late Eighties she has been a pillar of support here, and it was in part thanks to her generosity that we were able to purchase Wood Cottage exactly 15 years ago. Well, on Saturday she will turn 88, and we’re expecting a small crowd armed with plenty of cake to wish her well.
On Sunday morning Luangpor will go to London for a meal offering hosted by Khun Peter. After that he’ll be visiting an old Cambodian supporter who has recently moved to a nursing home, also in London. Then it’ll be a quick drive back up the M40 in time for the BDF and FHT committee meetings. The FHT (Forest Hermitage Trust) is in the process of being set up and, once established, will replace the BDF (Buddha Dhamma Fellowship) as the body which administers the Hermitage’s financial and material needs. If you’re interested in getting more involved and joining the committee, we’d love to hear from you.