Meditation Retreat

December 31st 2006. There was a photograph of an altar set up for the Buddha’s Enlightenment ceremony here. Unfortunately I failed to get permission from the photographer to publish it so with regret, and apologies all round, I have removed the picture.

On Sunday we will be celebrating the ceremony of the Buddha’s Enlightenment. Traditionally this is marked on December 8th however we do the ceremony on the nearest Sunday so that guests can come and join in.

It is usual at this time of year for us to have an intensive meditation retreat for the monastic community. And that’s just what we will being doing quite soon. So posting to this blog are likely to be sporadic as I turn my attention towards preparing for the retreat. It is a rare and precious opportunity and I’m grateful to be able to be doing this.

It is good for anybody to spend some time with a more concentrated focus on formal meditation and I hope those of you who meditate will make the time to sit a bit more too during the next few weeks.

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2 thoughts on “Meditation Retreat”

  1. Rev. Mugo I wish you the best in this “inward-time”. We are also doing the same…more time for contemplation. One of our “rituals” for this December is reading the Avatamsaka Sutra. I made a wooden box for it and painted a picture on the top of the Cosmic Buddha and on the front side a picture of Samanthabhadra and as you open it there is a picture of Maitreya. We started reading it outloud before work this morning and it sure brightened a dark winter morning! All the best! Jack

  2. Nice. As you no doubt know the Avatamsaka Sutra has a particular place within our tradition, or rather the teaching within it has. So much so that we have a ceremony in the New Year honoring this sutra. Happens to be my most favourite ceremony, that’s apart from the Ten Precepts Meeting ceremonies.

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