There amitaryas of the Amida Order have been having a gathering at Amida France. The atmosphere has been relaxed. Much gardening has got done. A tree planting ceremony was held in memory of Andy Whyte who died 3 January 2007.
Dharmavidya and Prasada attended the 15th European Shin Buddhist Conference at the end of August at Bad Reichenhall in Germany and enjoyed the many presentations and the good company meeting many old and new Dharma friends. Prasada gave a presentation about 'Guilt', the theme of her forthcoming book, and Dharmavidya presented a collection of 19 poems.
At Amida France we are in the midst of our Summer Programme with Dharma Teachings and outdoor life. Generally the centre has only been open in summer months but this coming year we intend to make a further attempt to keep the centre open through the winter. Last time we tried to do this it stretched our resources too far, but now things have grown a little it is time to try again. Certainly being here through the winter months can be a great experience and little by little we improve the living conditions though they remain rustic. So this summer we are stock-piling wood for the winter months and planting some crops that may continue into the colder months.