The new year began with the unwelcome news that the pandemic is increasing across the world, and that the UK government are once again enforcing Lockdown. Whilst places of worship are in theory open for private prayer we felt it prudent to continue with our restrictions on entry to the temple, this serves to protect everyone and removes any confusion that many have due to ever changing guidance. Supporters are always welcome to visit to offer Dana to the monks which is performed at the entrance door where the monks can offer their blessings. Of course the monks are always contactable by phone to offer their support, and our Morning and Evening chanting is broadcast on Facebook Live. In the event of any crisis we could accommodate a family visit to the temple to talk with the monks under our Covid-19 protocols with strict social distancing etc. If you feel it could be helpful and necessary to speak directly with the monks please contact Than Thirasak on 01928 575444.
This month we are celebrating Macha Puja on Sunday 26 February. We still plan to hold a form of retreat though this will be online – details can be found on our Thai and English Facebook pages.
Mae Chee Shirley-Anne continues to offer her Guided Meditation classes every Saturday … again details are on the Facebook pages and on our website www.watphrasinghuk.org With signs that Lockdown restrictions could be eased in Spring Mae Chee is planning to resume the Guided Meditation walks again in Runcorn and Widnes.
We continue to receive donations, many now generously given by BACS or through our website, and we remain humble and grateful for your continued support. We are continuing with the detailed design of the new hall, and will be sending our packages for costings shortly. Our current goal is to finalise the designs and firm up the overall budget then take prudent decisions on the programme as we are conscious that this is a major financial commitment during difficult times for everyone.
As always, please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.
With Metta (loving kindness)