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Ambleside

August 4th, 2011
Road the the waterfall walk

We got off the boat at Ambleside, the lovely town at the northern end of the lake. Wordsworth home is nearby and it is the start of many many of the famous walks in the Lake District. We had lunch , wandered in town and then I went on a walk to a waterfall nearby.

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Lake Windermere

August 4th, 2011
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Thursday is our “day off” between sessions. Debbi, Jeff ( from Abbottsford) and I elect to take the outing which includes a cruise on Lake Windermere and a half day in Ambleside – all in teh heart of the Lake District. Here are the phots from the Lake Windermere Cruise. The boat – The Tern – has been cruising Lake Windermere for 120 years. WOW.

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Vajrayogini and Bardsea

July 31st, 2011
In line to enter the temple for the empowerment

Today was another beautiful day.  Vajrayogini Empowerment in the morning.  Afterwards we walked to the tiny town of Bardsea, which is on a hill overlooking the sea, and had a nice Sunday lunch.

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Play Practice

July 30th, 2011
Buddha's Mother Dreams of Buddha's Birth and the Dakini's Dance

The last day of the festival (August 6) will be the play ” The Life of Buddha”.  I am in the choir !!! After only three days of rehearsal we do a run through in the temple – because this is the only night the temple is free before the day of the play.  The choir gets to sit for the rehearsal, so I get an opportunity to get some pictures ( won’t be possible on the day of the play.)  Just imagine the costumes

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Festival – Days 1 to 5

July 27th, 2011
In The Temple

We have certainly been blessed with lovely weather for the festival this year ! Day 0 ( Friday ) was Registration. Days 1,2 and 3 were teachings. Days 4 and 5 are retreat, where we have 5 sessions a day to medidate on the teachings. Our teachers and meditation leaders are really wonderful and inspired. When you add in 2 to 4 miles walking per day and 3 tasty vegetarian meals, you can see how it the whole event is healthy for body and mind.

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Friends Arrive

July 24th, 2011
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Saturday, my friends and compatriots from Victoria arrive and Sunday morning we walk together to the Centre, taking in the sites – Laurel and Hardy, Hoad Hill, a cat in deep concentration, trees with a doorway, signs we don’t need yet ( or do we?), etc

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Conishead Priory

July 23rd, 2011
Priory Main Entrance

Conishead Priory dates from the the 1100′s and is located on some 70 acres of wooded land. It includes significant beachfront and extensive gardens. You can read the early history by clicking on the first picture and then clicking on it again to get it full sized. It is now owned by the New Kadampa Tradition – International Buddhist Union who are meticulously restoring the Priory. They have also built a beautiful Buddhist Temple on the grounds. I am here for a 2 week Buddhist

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Canal and Beach

July 22nd, 2011
Canal End

Shaking off the jet lag on my first full day in England, I headed out at 11 am for exploration. After getting a map I headed to the path by the old canal down to the beach. I ate at the pub at canal’s end and then cross fields to the beach and down to the Conishead Priory – now the Manjushri Buddhist Centre.   Today is registration day.  More about the festival and pictures of the Priory in the next post.  (  Click on any

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Ulverston

July 21st, 2011
The Farmers Bar and Restaurant, Ulverston

I made it to Ulverston – just 24 hours door to door. The train was easy, at least after I found which end of it was going to Ulverston rather than Glasgow.  It’s about 2 hours and the last half hour is particularly picturesque – along the coast , sheep, cows, sand.  Great town names like “Grange-on-Sand”.  It was also an easy walk from the train station to the Bed & Breakfast.  It wasn’t open yet so I wandered on down a few blocks toward the

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American Airlines

July 20th, 2011
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Today I am flying American Airlines from Seattle, WA, USA to Manchester, England, UK via Chicago.  I am spending 6 hours plus in the Chicago airport.. actually in the Admirals Club.. for such a long layover, well worth the $50 daily price.. feet up, wifi on, food and drinks available and a nice view of the control towers and blue skies. Today American Airlines announced they were buying 460 new planes and taking options on hundreds more.  I guess they need to pretty much replace

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