the buddist center is set in some truely beautifull grounds and in a very well kept georgian country mansion, built in 1784. has its own community of buddists
they recieve men, women and families most of the year except august, offer meditation classes, spiritual direction and group studies.
every year they have a summer fair (july) to raise money for restorations for the building and facilities, though this year i either missed it, or they did not have one?
having lived i pock for a number of years and noticing the odd buddist roaming the streets, i never linked them to kilnwick percy hall? (pronounced kil-lick percy) so i was really impressed when my friend took me and my son up on a summer fair!
one of the buddists even parked my car for me! (reverse parked it) we chatted and he was a car sales man.
the whole atmosphere was relaxed and un-hurried. no-one was pushing the need to be spiritual or meditate not medicate messages.
it was a simple but infomative tour of the building and the classes/courses they offered.
the building, though has seen better years was none the less very grand looking!
the tour included the grounds, the new garden with its kidney shaped twin ponds, would look exceptional when in full bloom, as we was it in it's just completed stage.
they had a very good vegatable garden, and wild garlic grew everywhere, especially the wooded areas in the grounds.
the fair itself, was like a well stocked and organised school summer fate. everyone was having fun! it had a bouncy castle, coconut shy, a long bit of tarp and hose that was a water slide! egg and spoon races etc
they had a cafe on, with everything homemade and vegetarian! i've had vegetarian food before, but these flans and cakes where out of this world! and the prices they charged were more then fair!
it made a great day out! for the family. but even without the fair, i think it would have made for an interesting day.
there was a very small church just off the grounds, that i would have loved to have had a look at.
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