Kadampa Buddhist Temple Walk

Name of walk Kadampa Buddhist Temple Walk
Date of walk 2018-01-26

My knee replacement operation was cancelled. Hopefully it will be done by the end of March. But this means that I can still get out and about! I have been promising myself that I would return to the Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre on a blue sky day, and take some photos. It is in the grounds of Conishead Priory, near Ulverston. There are some good little walks in and around it. The gardens are best in spring and summer, not on a cold January day, but the compensation is the excellent vegetarian cafe.

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Outside the World Peace Cafe. I head around the back of Conishead Priory where the temple is to be found.

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The temple. It was consecrated in 1997.

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Above the doors are two deer either side of a Dharma Wheel, symbolising the final stages of the path to enlightenment.

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You have to take your footwear off, but the temple has underfloor heating.....lovely!

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The temple houses the largest bronze statue of Buddha cast in the west. The photo is of the Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, the world renowned meditation master.

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In the centre of the ceiling is a vast Dharma Wheel inside a lantern tower. It contains scriptures symbolising the teachings of Buddha spreading throughout the world.

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Conishead Priory was once an Augustinian Priory, founded in the twelfth century. It has also been a house, a hotel and a convalescent home. It has been a Buddhist Centre since 1976.

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Now a Buddhist community lives here. They hold classes and retreats.

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I do the pond and garden walk.

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Snowdrops in the woods.

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The stream in the garden, not much growing in January.

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I take the route for the woodland walk to the beach.

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Another deer statue.

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It is a very pleasant walk.

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A gate opens out to the beach.

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View out towards the Levens viaduct.

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The mountains have snow on them.

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Wrapped up warm!

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The horses are from the stables on the Coast Road.

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Looking across to Chapel Island.

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A closer view.

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A closer view of the Levens viaduct.

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Looking over to The Hoad Monument.

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Time to head back along the beach.

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Back in the woods I follow another path.

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More snowdrops.

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A pet cemetery? A gravestone with 'Lucifer' on it would make you think so.....unless the 'real' Lucifer became a Buddhist!

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A couple more curios.

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I head to the cafe for a coffee. I meet fellow occasional Ulverston bell ringer, Colin and his wife, whose walk has also included the delights of Bardsea.

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I choose to sit in the more relaxing lounge. Then I head back to the temple to join in the 2pm meditation session given by a Buddhist nun.

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The front of Conishead Priory is currently having repairs done.

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The clock tower.

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On the way back to my car I take the route that takes me past the workshop where they make Buddhist icons.

A good little walk, with a bit of spiritual meditation thrown in for free! An excellent place to visit no matter what your beliefs are.

Jo.

 

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