On Monday, the Year 10 GCSE EPR students spent a calm and reflective day at the Manjushri Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Ulverston.
As we entered the grounds, the lush woodland surroundings and ornate converted Conishead Priory set the perfect scene for a retreat from the busy daily school life. Students were given a welcome and introduction to the history and aims of the centre before visiting the temple.
The visual experience and opportunity to ask questions to a lay practising Buddhist helped enhance students’ understanding of Buddhist beliefs and practices which coincided with their current GCSE studies. A short meditation session was undertaken to help with the personal experience of Buddhist Mindfulness.
In the afternoon, we visited the art workshop where we saw beautiful stupas and Buddha statues being made. These are crafted by a talented team of artists and are shipped to decorate Buddhist centres all around the world. The day was finished with a walk down through the woods to the beach. Students took time to reflect on the beauty of the area and what they had learnt about faith and worship.
Report: Miss Jones