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The Phiroz Mehta Trust Summer School 1997

By Ursula Dyke

On a lovely hot sunny Thursday in August, Rosemary and I made our way up to Stamford Hall in Leicester. On arrival, Dick St. Ruth was waiting to show us our rooms and give us a general tour. We were pleasantly surprised by the location. The University buildings were mostly turn of the century, some of them were set in amongst the Botanical Gardens, where the Buddhists usually stay, and others were just across the road. Before long we met up with the other members of the Phiroz Mehta group — it was lovely to see old friends again. That afternoon we settled in to a nice bright room where we would be having our meetings. One side was entirely made up of glass which enabled us to look out into the tranquility of the sunshine and the trees, whilst we listened to tapes. We had time to explore the gardens, some walking together in deep conversation, others making their own way in quiet reflection. On our first evening, dinner was followed with a talk by the Venerable Ajahn Sumedho, while on the second evening Sylvia Swain gave us another excellent talk. There was opportunity to join in meditation and discussions. We departed in good spirits at lunchtime on. Saturday.

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