Enlivening of First High Shrine in Great Britain

Great Britain is renowned for its rain, but turbulent weather in the midsummer month of June is almost unheard of in Colchester, where we have a European Centre. Even so, under a golden full moon the winds had raged all night long, sending out regular downpours. Were the celestial immortals feeling roused?

It was the night before the enlivening of the new High Shrine at the European Centre in Colchester, the first shrine for the Society in Great Britain and, with the new shrine in Madrid, one of the first two for the European Society as a whole.

The ceremony formed part of a five-day Fung Loy Kok workshop attended by 200 members from 17 different countries, and led by Karen Laughlin, Marsha Eberhardt, Jim Nicholson and Sean Dennison. Also in attendance was Jane Edwards who taught the very first Taoist Tai Chi TM class in Great Britain.

The previous day they took time to prepare members for the proceedings to follow. Jim gave some guidelines about the meaning of the Ten Thousand Buddhas Sutra and took everyone through some practice. Karen led a session with the other workshop leaders, explaining the symbolism and meaning of the Shrine and its various objects. She stressed the rich spiritual foundation on which it is based, with the central concept of the internal as well as the external universe.

Learning how to look after the Shrine is part of our Taoist training, she said, and in the discussion afterwards, members commented one how our beautiful new Shrine adds something very special to our practice hall and our practice.

The next morning the wind still stormed, as members in robes went outside the building to invite the Water from the Dragon King. After the special ceremonies to enliven the Shrine, and while everyone chanted the Ten Thousand Buddhas Sutra together, the rain came down in buckets, and was thrown about by the gusting wind, easing off at the end to allow a little sunshine to find a way through the clouds.

Members of the Board of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Great Britain wish to thank the Members of the Boards of the International Society and Fung Loy Kok Taoism for entrusting the members of the Society in Great Britain to care for a High Shrine. We recognise that it is both a new stage in our development and at the same time a continuation of the training we have been doing from the beginning.

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4 responses to “Enlivening of First High Shrine in Great Britain

  1. Dave Frame

    Congratulations and best wishes! We had heavy rains and a thunder clap the day of ground breaking for the QCC in Orangeville and strong winds blew also the day preceding the opening of the QCC.. Very good omens.

  2. Fortunate………. to have been part of this development of the work within the society….
    Left with……..resolution…..
    Feet more firmly placed…..
    Knowing a stillness….
    An awareness of what can be…….

    Congratulations and…….Thank-you for such a clear account of the events and many more thank-you’s for the images…….

    My personal thoughts……feelings………

    Part our history……
    An aspect of our journey……
    Developing the vision…… as clearly seen so many moons ago by our founder ……our teacher…….. Master Moy….
    Implemented by the holders of his teaching…..his students of so many years……showing us by their personal example of intention and humility the lessons they have developed and come to know…….teaching us as they were taught how to become better students/people……and sometimes……better instructors…… of this teaching…….this vision….
    With an……. Authority…….. that can Only come from…….. Many Years of Learning and Struggling to Understand…… To Know….what such Awareness means……
    The Responsibility That They hold with such humility……
    That enables them to be Respected as holders of the vision……..
    As we watch and learn and come to know in turn……..
    An awareness grows…..
    More and more clearer each day within us all…..as we learn…..

    Many Many Thank-You’s………To All who enable this to be……..
    And many more……… to us all………
    For our intention in making it be……
    a Big Hello to All I met…..from before……..also those I met for the first time…..your words smiles your examples…..helped and help me……
    As I said ……..
    I Was……..and Am……. left feeling ……Very Fortunate…….
    Still working on that ….letting go both internally and externally…..
    but with a few more tools to help me on my way………….
    I might add with the biggest smile on my face…..Ever……
    Thank-You………

  3. Congratulations from a Colchester resident.

  4. I had the most wonderful time, and left feeling very happy. Thankyou …

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