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Croydon Buddhist Centre
Croydon Buddhist Centre

A Breath of Fresh Air

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Mon, 27 Mar, 2017 - 16:43

A Breath of Fresh Air

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Mon, 27 Mar, 2017 - 16:43

Spring is certainly in the air this week, the sunshine is filling up our new shrine room and reception space. The builders worked over the weekend to finish painting and the electricals and left only one worker on site Tuesday. Our contractors have gone on a much needed holiday. With the majority of the main work complete, cleaning up started and we turned out attention to getting the area tip top before we fit our new carpet tiles.

Vijayasri, Malcolm, Dhammasena and...

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Buddhafield
Buddhafield

The Buddhafield season is upon us!

Posted by Sarah Boak to Buddhafield on Wed, 22 Mar, 2017 - 15:42

The Buddhafield season is upon us!

Posted by Sarah Boak to Buddhafield on Wed, 22 Mar, 2017 - 15:42

The Buddhafield season begins in April, and the spring weather is drawing us closer to nature and to the land, calling us to a deeper experience of ourselves and others, supported by the earth. 

Highlights of the season include our Total Immersion Retreat - a silent meditation retreat led by experienced meditators Kamalashila and Vajradevi, on our beautiful Broadhembury land in Devon. Beginning on 6th May, the retreat runs for a...

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Croydon Buddhist Centre
Croydon Buddhist Centre

Fundraising - It doesn't just raise funds

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Mon, 13 Mar, 2017 - 14:51

Fundraising - It doesn't just raise funds

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Mon, 13 Mar, 2017 - 14:51

Recently we launched our appeal for funds to support the new shrineroom project. Already people are making generous donations - many thanks to all who’ve given – we’ve reached £1475. And also ideas have been springing up - involving film, poetry, art, swimming, quizzes… and cake. What a creative bunch! Fundraising doesn’t just raise funds, it raises our creativity, mutual appreciation and participation. It builds our Sangha. Looking forward to a rich time ahead.

Week 7 has certainly not seen any let...

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Croydon Buddhist Centre
Croydon Buddhist Centre

"In a Room with Four White Walls"

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Mon, 6 Mar, 2017 - 09:57

"In a Room with Four White Walls"

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Mon, 6 Mar, 2017 - 09:57

Bouncing into week 6, we can really see so much of our vision coming together. Underlying strengthening of walls, running cables, creating more space and more light. This week saw our intrepid workers starting on plastering the new walls in the shrine room. Beautiful new doors and windows appeared, bringing light back into a dusty work space, including the lovely addition of an atrium window. Reception walls are being insulated inside and out, external walls being rendered and clad. The...

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Croydon Buddhist Centre
Croydon Buddhist Centre

Buddhas in the Walls, Blessings in the Roof

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Mon, 27 Feb, 2017 - 15:43

Buddhas in the Walls, Blessings in the Roof

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Mon, 27 Feb, 2017 - 15:43

Running into week 5 with full vigour. It’s hard to keep up with all the activity. Lots of final preparations to the roof surface for the rubber membrane to be fitted this week (weather permitting) There was a fear this week that Storm Doris would stop us in our tracks, but, even Doris couldn’t deter our brilliant builders. When they couldn’t work on the roof, they came inside and continued with the insulation for the inner shrine walls and started...

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Clear Vision
Clear Vision

Gender Diverse Buddhists

Posted by grahamclearvision to Clear Vision on Thu, 23 Feb, 2017 - 15:31

Gender Diverse Buddhists

Posted by grahamclearvision to Clear Vision on Thu, 23 Feb, 2017 - 15:31

In December 2016, the Triratna Gender Diverse group met for a day of study and sangha at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre. Kamalanandi shares his own story of transitioning, and explains how and why the group was set up.

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Croydon Buddhist Centre
Croydon Buddhist Centre

A Well-Thatched House !

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Tue, 21 Feb, 2017 - 15:42

A Well-Thatched House !

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Tue, 21 Feb, 2017 - 15:42

With purlins, joists, struts and every angle strengthened, our shrine roof is well on the way to becoming ‘well-thatched’. Velux windows are ready to be fitted, lovely clean fascias are appearing, and insulation is filling the space. Building control gave the thumbs up to the construction and final preparations are underway for the rubber membrane to be fitted.

Electricians are in this week, running wiring for our new lighting and heating throughout the shrine room and reception area, the new windows and...

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Croydon Buddhist Centre
Croydon Buddhist Centre

Raising the Roof

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Mon, 13 Feb, 2017 - 15:52

Raising the Roof

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Mon, 13 Feb, 2017 - 15:52

Wow, racing into week 3. First thing Monday morning, timber for the roof supports was delivered and the workmen were immediately on the case, fixing up new purlins. Maybe you don’t know what purlins are, neither did we until recently. But we can all be assured now that we’ve got new ones. Many of the old timbers were very old, weakened and in some cases charred (historical fire), so have been removed and the remaining timbers, reinforced. As soon as...

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Croydon Buddhist Centre
Croydon Buddhist Centre

Opening up the Space, Bringing in the Sky

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Mon, 6 Feb, 2017 - 17:13

Opening up the Space, Bringing in the Sky

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Mon, 6 Feb, 2017 - 17:13

We’ve come to the end of week 2 and things are moving fast. New skylight windows are appearing, bringing in the sky, a wall has vanished into space, leaving – more space. Every day brings more decisions – some large, some detailed

After much discussion with the builders, the structural engineer and the building control inspector we have had to modify our initial idea for the ceiling in the shrine room for many technical reasons, (in layman’s term-...

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Croydon Buddhist Centre
Croydon Buddhist Centre

We have lift off !!

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Thu, 2 Feb, 2017 - 16:06

We have lift off !!

Posted by Carol Robertson to Croydon Buddhist Centre on Thu, 2 Feb, 2017 - 16:06

We certainly set off like a rocket the first week. Scaffolding was up on day 1, so we were able to have the health and safety inspection, and start removing the corrugated iron roof, on day 2. Unfortunately, removing the roof materials, showed us what a poor state, the wooden structure underneath, was in.

Crisis !? Yes, but, a crisis made easier by the relaxed nature of our lovely contractors 2SS, who reassured us that most of the damaged timber we saw,...

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