On Saturday 21st January, the monks from Wat Dhammakaya London temple were invited by both Thai and local people of Salisbury to receive a Buddhist Alms-Offering and New Year Blessings at Salisbury Cathedral Church. This wonderful occasion was also a charity event, with some of the food offerings going to the local Food Bank for disadvantaged and homeless people.
This Alms-offering is being supported by the people who look after and maintain Salisbury Cathedral and they kindly provided us with a place to teach meditation to people who attended the event before the ceremony began. This event has inspired many local people who wish to learn more about Buddhism enormously and has given them the opportunity to meet Buddhist monks and practise meditation together.
We held a Basic Meditaion Class for local people today, the teaching monk gave us valuable advice on techniques of how to prepare your mind before beginning meditation.
To achieve this, we start by letting our mind relax, making it free from worries and releasing it from any responsibilities you may have in your life which are bothering you.
The teaching monk then guided the meditation session for 45 minutes. After the session was complete, he gave us advice on how to improve the balance of our mind by living our daily lives in a more modest, simple way.
He gave an exammple of how many people can benefit by refraining from material possesions in this modern world.
The teaching monk also showed us the results of meditation experiences which were recorded from people all over the world as an inspiration for us to practise meditation and benefit from it.
The class was very successful,and created an atmosphere of joy and productivity. Everyone was
keen to learn more and is looking forward to the next session.
On Monday 16th January 2017, A monk and members of staff from the temple paid a visit to celebrate Chinese
New Year and was invited to give a new year blessing speech at Fo Guang Shan Temple in London.
We have had some productive discussions on how to effectively build up a team of volunteers for the temple and develop things for the better.
We received many valuable tips and much inspiration from this meeting.