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Saturday, 27 December 2008
Pilgrimage

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I’ve spent most of the past two days on pilgrimage with two friends at the Community of Many Names of God in Wales. This means I’ve been up since 4:30 this morning and (although I’m now home) it’s time for sleep. One of my friends also snored like a pig for the 6 hours immediately before we got up (with apologies to all pigs for the comparison).

The best thing about the pilgrimage was that everything was free (if you don’t mind praying for your breakfast, lunch and dinner, of which there are many opportunities/obligations). Of course you can additionally give a donation but the lack of a visible merchandising department attached to the temple or any pressure to give a donation appears to be a refreshing religious innovation. They have three temples so there are some good evening and early morning walks up the hill and through the forest. One of the temples is outdoors and it was a rather bracing -2.5C at 9:30 this morning. Fortunately this was after breakfast.

So it was pretty cold out in the Welsh countryside, but invigorating. The animals and birds seemed “tame” which is perhaps not surprising as the monks and nuns have taken Franciscan vows. In order to enter the temples you have to have refrained from eating meat for three days but if not you can wait on the porch and will still get a blessing at the end of the pooja.

Posted by bigblue on 27/12/2008 at 10:35 PM
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