On Thursday, I had the opportunity to take Year 6 to a Buddhist Monastery outside Hemel Hempstead. We all were able to experience first-hand how the teachings of the Buddha impact the daily life on the Monks and Nuns who live there, and we showed our appreciation for having us as guests by offering fruit and biscuits during the ‘alms-giving’ ceremony before lunch. I know the offerings of fresh vegetables, such as broccoli, tinned goods and pasta were also gratefully received to be used in the kitchen for another meal. I think we all found the beautiful statues of the Buddha around the Monastery spectacular to view up close, and we look forward to using some of the ideas and designs in our own art work. We will also spend time now considering how Buddhist values can relate to the Christian values of our school.

The Monastery itself was very peaceful and quiet, and the children were required to watch chanting during the lunch ceremony and listen to a wealth of information about Buddhism. They did this calmly and with great respect, and as usual were a credit to the school. Thank you Year 6, and thank you to the parents for your support with this visit.

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