Bodhi Leaf Pins and Pendents


For years the Abbey ran a mail order business selling Buddhist Supplies. Guests and monks laboured long and hard stuffing meditation cushions during working meditation periods. Cushions, as well as benches and mats, were then sold both in the Gift Shop on site and via mail order. Oh, and when the China Order arrived it was all hands on deck helping to check through the boxes lining the cloister to make sure the goods had survived the journey. Sometimes statues came broken and were sold as seconds in the Gift Shop. The shop remains, however the mail order business ceased several years ago.

As I understand it these Bodhi Leaf Pendents were designed by us then manufactured in the east. I’ve always liked them a lot and since I’d some Dana looking to be circulated I bought a quantity at the Gift Shop today. Now I’ve something to give regular readers I bump into in person, or hear from via email and comments.

If you are a silent reader, let me know. Your invisible presence is appreciated, welcomed and received with gratitude. As is the presence of those I know about.

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19 thoughts on “Bodhi Leaf Pins and Pendents”

  1. Mostly silent, but grateful for your blog. Especially since I learned how to have it fed to my google homepage…easier to keep up with you that way!

  2. A great picture of a favorite pin/pendant! It’s interesting to hear that it was designed by someone at the Abbey. I also remember the stacks of boxes from China and the many good deals on statue seconds.

    With thoughts of Chester….

    In gassho, Jim

  3. Mostly silent and happy your blog arrives magically in my iGoogle RSS feed!

    Thank you for your lovely posts and photos!


  4. Dear Anne,

    Thanks for your message of support and for signalling you receive the blog via iGoogle RSS feed. I have been thinking about writing something about the news reader/feed concept. It would seem a great many people receive and read this blog using a reader and it does seem to be a good way to keep up.

  5. Thanks Jim,
    I guess it’s obvious that this is a symbol, the leaf and star, which makes reference to the enlightenment of the Buddha under the Bodhi Tree on seeing the morning star…

    And yep! Shoppers love boxes, and one better than that is opening them. Trouble was there was always the wondering about what else might have been shipped. Spiders come to mind.

    I’ll have to do another post about Chester, or rather what he left behind…

  6. I, too, have started following your blog after discovering the wonders of RSS. I don’t write much, but I do read what I can.

  7. I am far from silent, and probably not very present as I sit here munching on crunchy oatmeal biscuits and watching the crumbs clatter down between the keys where they will no doubt remain long after I am gone.
    And I would love to bump into you for a chat one day…. I’ll bring the biscuits.

  8. than to point people to your blog Ian, inspired as always. And then there is that enlightening sense of humour which has many of us creased. Thank you for your long years of experience both nursing and writing…and it’s a deal. You bring the biscuits and I’ll bring the tea. See you one day.

  9. Being too easily distracted I’m always having to catch up on your blog, Reverend Master. Thank you for being there. Best wishes. Ross.

  10. Hi Reverend Mugo,

    I must admit when my children were little, and we used to come to the monthly ceremonies at Throssel, I did get a bit of a buzz going into the bookshop to see what the latest goodies were.

    My daughter, Laura, 20 years old tomorrow (Monday), still has a Kanzeon pendant that changed colour with temperature / mood (?).

    Thanks for your postings – a refuge for a few minutes every day or so.



  11. I found your blog when I started going to the “Abbey” in Reading. I no longer find the time to go to the Abbey, but I still find time to read your blog.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and beliefs!


  12. Leon, I was the prior at Reading for some time. I’m glad you found it and maybe you will find the time again to visit. Glad also that you are able to connect through this blog.

  13. I was delighted to receive your gift of the pendant yesterday. Thank you so very much.

    After a long hot and dry summer we are getting hints of autumn here in coastal Georgia. Acorns falling, a few leaves turning from green to bright colors, clouds of pale yellow butterflies on rosy-lavender morning glory blossoms, small songbirds migrating southward through our woods. In short, so many photo-ops! I need to get busy with the little digital camera!

    Your gift of dana brings us close together, despite the miles that separate us and will serve as inspiration for me to be more diligent in my practice.

    In gassho,

  14. Hello Rev. Mugo, I read your blog most days and was interested to hear about your travels this year. I have the book called Cloister Cats as recommended by my nephew, your walking companion.

    Best wishes

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