The Ceremony of Interring Rev. Saidō’s ashes in the Stupa

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, 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. Master Saidō’s death approaches (he died March 3rd) there may well be updates here. And I am so sorry to all the regular Jade Mountains readers. I’ve been quite busy, one way and another, since Rev. Saidō’s departure. However, things are easing and I hope and intend to get back to posting more frequently.

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Show and Tell – Video Remembering Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett

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.

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Pausing by the River South Tyne – greetings video

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 went instead to The Nook Cafe, close to several long distance 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.

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The Lavatory

“In case of calamities

do not
forget to

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.

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Facing Backwards – Walking Forwards

If you have a moment – Listen


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’.

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Practice Within The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives