Bunting and Beans

SL380832In neighbouring Wirksworth they have the bunting up for carnival weekend, so I thought I would follow suit and put up some Buddhist bunting in the courtyard – here it is above the runner beans and sweet peas – very jolly.

I’ve been working on the charity’s annual accounts this week and managed to get the figures to balance before the week was out. Next step is writing the trustees report of the year’s activities. I’m better with figures than words, so this bit might go a little slower.

Today’s Dharma Bite:

Q. Why do Buddhists burn incense?

A. The burning of fragrant substances – oils, herbs, incense – has long been used to purify spaces, both literally and symbolically. The smoke and the fragrance permeate the air and reach into every corner. For Buddhists, the offering of incense expresses the wish to purify one’s heart by following a path of meditation and morality. Also, the ritual action of lighting and offering incense, and the aroma, can help one to settle for a period of meditation.

Just for the record, here at the Hermitage incense is offered at the outside altar in the courtyard. Incense and candles are not used inside the building as many people, including me, have a sensitivity to smoke and perfumes. I use electric candles and offer water instead of incense, as the pouring of water has the same association with purification.

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