Can you help the Brentwood Buddhist Centre find a new home?
PUBLISHED: 12:14 14 June 2019 | UPDATED: 12:30 14 June 2019
The Brentwood Buddhist community is in need of a new home and is appealing for help in finding one.
Since May 2011, The Brentwood Buddhist Centre, based at Merrymeade House, has been offering spiritual guidance to the wider community as well as classes in meditation, healing and Buddhist teachings.
But having outgrown their space at Merrymeade House's Temple thanks to its expanding group, they are asking for help in finding a new "serene environment".
Here is a statement from the founder of the Brentwood Buddhist Community Abbot Jane Ward who is a full-time Buddhist teacher:
"We have outgrown our Temple space.
"We can only comfortably accommodate 30 people at a time.
"As we have grown, so has the number of visitors.
"For several years Merrymeade House was an idyllic, peaceful setting but today it's busy, noisy and distracting.
"Our new home needs to be a quiet location where we no longer share the space with other interests.
"We would prefer somewhere rural but not too far away, say about three miles from Brentwood High Street, if possible.
"But, of course, we're open and extremely grateful to other offers.
"Everybody, regardless of age, colour or creed, is warmly invited to come along to our centre.
"We have a mixture of Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and many others who do not consider themselves to be Buddhist but they take what they need from Buddhism to enhance other aspects of their lives.
"We'd love to have a Buddhist monastery or retreat centre for the monks to live and work in, offering a wider range of classes and services to the public.
"A rural base would give us the much necessary peace and quiet that's conducive to meditation and healing.
"A place for real rest.
"We would offer classes as well as healing and rejuvenation retreats for two to seven days and family days out, including nature and nurture.
"Brentwood Buddhist Community started its journey in a garage in a back garden in Pilgrims Hatch.
"Generous help enabled the move to Merrymeade and we hope we can have such good help and luck again.
"Our vision is to continue to inspire, uplift and assist in transforming peoples lives, helping them to help themselves.
"To educate on matters of the heart and mind, giving life skills and tools in a environment conducive to personal and spiritual growth.
"A Buddhist retreat centre would be amazing for Brentwood people and those further afield."
If anyone is able to help, contact Abbot Jane by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the group, visit here