In the 51st year of the Triratna Buddhist Community - Croydon will be hosting this year’s London Region Triratna Day.
Activities during the day will be led by Order members from all the London Centres – (East) London, West London, North London, Brixton and Croydon. Please bring a veggie/vegan lunch to share. Dana event.
10.00 Doors Open
10.30 Saluting the Shrine, Welcome and Introduction. Dedication Ceremony Meditation on Gratitude
11.45 “For the benefit of all beings” – Talk by Parami. ...
Posted by Carol Robertson on Thu, 11 May, 2017 - 10:36
This is our final shrine project blog as we speed towards our re-opening and re-dedication celebration. It’s been quite a journey, which although has had it’s challenges, has been very inspiring and rewarding. We’re spending our last week finishing off the smaller details, getting the areas cleaned, planning for our sangha visitors to our dedication day on Saturday. Fundraising will continue as we still need to support the ongoing works, which should include a wheelchair platform lift, garden decking and...
Posted by Carol Robertson on Thu, 27 Apr, 2017 - 16:50
What a week it’s been. Things are moving fast with carpet tiles and lino arriving, sorting out the garden and finishing up flooring ready for the next stage. As the re-opening fast approaches, it is a real pleasure to pause and see how far we’ve come and to also express gratitude to those who have generously given their time and energy to help get our shrine room and reception ready. Vijayasri, Dhammasena and Malcolm, have been working so hard laying...
Posted by Carol Robertson on Fri, 21 Apr, 2017 - 16:09
With so much activity of late, it’s been a refreshing change to have some quiet in the last week. With much of the ‘messy’ jobs complete and many of our fixtures and fittings gradually put into place, focus has turned to organising our re-opening. We’re starting our countdown now that we’re stepping into the last four weeks. How exciting! It’s shaping up to be a wonderful day welcoming sangha past and present.
Carpets, lino and blinds are ordered, so it feels good...
Posted by Carol Robertson on Tue, 11 Apr, 2017 - 16:51
On the surface, there isn’t a lot of news this week as we’ve been spending much of our time continuing to scrape, fill, sand and paint our way through the kitchen and reception area.Though I do have to say that walking through the gravel in our garden with a magnet on a stick, looking for nails and screws, was a new one for me! So it’s much the continuation of last week’s blog.
Posted by Carol Robertson 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.
Posted by Carol Robertson 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.
Posted by Carol Robertson 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...
Posted by Carol Robertson 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...
Posted by Carol Robertson 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...