Vidyaruci, Sangharakshita’s secretary, writes with his usual monthly account of Bhante’s activities, saying - “The highlight of the last month seems to have been Bhante’s visit to Maes Gwyn, Subhuti and Srimala’s property in the wet and sheep-filled hills of North Wales. I had the pleasure of driving Bhante there and back - five hours of driving altogether - and we arrived late morning to a warm welcome from the two residents.
After tea and cake in Srimala’s cottage, Subhuti and I left Bhante and Srimala together for a while, then showed Bhante down to Subhuti’s lodgings while Srimala prepared a tasty lunch. After lunch Bhante rested in the guest quarters, after which we gathered in the atmospheric shrine room, with its striking blue Buddha set against a grey slate wall. Here Bhante recited some verses of blessing, and photos were taken. For the drive back we took the scenic route across the mountains (which is also quicker), and enjoyed miles of stunning views of heather-covered hillside and glacial valley. A day or two later, Bhante commented that the day was the most enjoyable he had had for a long time, and that he had rarely experienced such positive good-will as from our hosts at Maes Gwyn.
Other than the trip to Wales it has been a quiet few weeks. It looked for a while as though Bhante would be moving to Wales, but in the end it was decided that the traffic noise was prohibitive - so back to the drawing board, and a psychological adjustment required for all those involved. Meanwhile, Bhante had dinner with a group of Men’s Regional Order Convenors, who were staying and meeting at Madhyamaloka for a few days; and his flow of visitors continued unabated, including a group from the Tonbridge sangha, accompanied by Vidyakaya.
Part V of Bhante’s ‘Reveries and Reminiscences’ was completed. Bhante has not been listening to audio books much, though he and I did finish Blake’s Milton.
Bhante’s inflamed cyst in his neck now seems to have healed, but he continues to have trouble with his digestive system, in connection with which he has just had a scan at the hospital”.
Editor’s note: Previous instalments of ‘Reveries and Reminiscences’ are available on Sangharakshita’s website, and hopefully the latest one will appear there too in due course .