July 4, 2016

Kindness On Tudong: The Bakewell – Manchester Route

By Ven Canda   On June 22nd I returned from my first tudong or ‘faith walk’, physically tired but spiritually nourished. My trusty companion and I covered 8-9 miles a day and received kind support every step of the hilly, winding way. Venerable Canda walking Tudong in Derbyshire Equipped with a tiny yet robust tent, we stayed in some unusual places: the mouth of a hermit’s cave in the narrow limestone valley of Deep Dale; the splendid grounds of an ecumenical retreat centre in Whaley Bridge; and at the home of a lovely Christian couple in Mellor, with panoramic views and welcome hot showers to warm our aching wet limbs!     We were amply supplied with food throughout. Rosie and Ian sent us off with a hearty meal in Bakewell, ferried our backpacks on two occasions and greeted us with hot food in their camper van mid-week! In a Buxton chippy the young Kurdish workers made us right at home, offering two kettles of boiling water for making tea (after we failed to light a fire in the damp morning air). And Steve met us with a picnic near the Mersey valley, where a gentle man collecting litter ‘appeared’ during the meal blessing- and spoke thoughtfully of compassion for those who do harm. Vernerable Canda, picnic in Derbyshire Our walk culminated at the Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation, where we were warmly greeted by some of the Samatha tradition’s most committed long-term members. Ajahn Brahm took his first retreat with this group in the early ’70’s, so being able to offer a Dhamma reflection here was an honour and a fitting expression of my gratitude. Meeting this lovely new Dhamma family – and three surprise new Anukampa volunteers! – was the highlight of my trip and I hope our connection will deepen and grow. You can check out the centre’s activities and renovation project here.     I was surprised that even this short period of tudong was a powerful practice for becoming present and opening to the unknown – with confidence, but without expectation. Depending on others for basic food and shelter as an alms mendicant stimulated gratitude and allowed kindness to flow, until boundaries between giver and receiver blurred. Tudong was indeed an act of faith for me – faith in human kindness, compassion and trust – and I’m pleased to announce those qualities are alive and well in the Peak District!     Heartfelt thanks to Laura Bridgeman, who continued her tudong in Scotland, with Ajahn Candasiri from Milntuim Hermitage.
July 3, 2016

Ven. Canda heads to Perth

You can click here to read our second newsletter on Ven. Canda’s tudong from Bakewell to Manchester and her vassa stay at Jhana Grove, Perth.

June 1, 2016

New Dhamma Talk by Ven Canda- “Pursuing Wholesome Happiness”


In this short talk, delivered to the resident community and board members of Aloka Vihara, Ven Canda discusses the kind of happiness praised by the Buddha. Listen here on Dharmaseed.

May 23, 2016

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo in England & Europe, May 20th – July 3rd

Upcoming events in England:


London, Friday May 27th, public talk at 7pm
Keep Calm and Carry On


London, Sat May 28th to Sun May 29th, weekend workshop
Change your Mind, Change your Life
Registration: or email:


Worcester, June 3rd to June 5th
Public Talk and Weekend Workshop
for information, please contact:


See Jetsunma’s full European teaching schedule at the
Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery website.

May 22, 2016

Wandering Pilgrimage in Derbyshire (Tudong), 17th-22nd June


From 17th – 22nd June Bhikkhuni Canda will be walking in her beautiful home county with a supporter, from Bakewell to Manchester, and offering a Dhamma reflection and discussion evening at the Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation, Chorlton, on Tuesday 21st June at 8pm. Please contact the centre for further details.


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