July 2020 – Latest COVID-19 Update
Visiting Marpa House
We hope you’re well. It feels a very long time ago now that we had to close the doors of Marpa House to visitors, and we cannot thank you enough for your support and understanding during these past few weeks. Hopefully at last we have some good news though- we’re delighted to let you know that because of the relaxation of Government guidance on visiting private gardens and ‘Houses of Worship’, we can now at last begin to gradually allow individual visitors to return to the gardens of Marpa House and to sit in our lovely shrine room! As you can imagine, we need to be very careful so if you wish to visit please read the following guidance carefully.
We are NOT fully opening Marpa House yet. We are not offering accommodation, food, drinks, refreshments, group activities or any use of the main house. This is simply an opportunity to sit in the garden and shrine room for a short while, strictly by appointment only. We ask you to remember that Marpa House is not only your meditation centre but also the home for its volunteer staff. Virtually no-one else has been in the House for 3 months. We need to protect our staff and they want to keep you safe, so we ask you to adhere to the following rules:
1. You must book your visit by appointment with the Secretary. There are no exceptions. This is because numbers and timings of visits will have to be limited.
2. You will have to bring your own food and drinks, but, unfortunately, it will not be possible to leave offerings of flowers or food.
3. There will be a designated visitor toilet available. The Shrine room will be open (via the garden entrance) for silent meditation only, but for very limited numbers initially. Bring your own cushions if you can. And a bag for your shoes. While in the shrine room please do not touch any surfaces or objects and only sit in the designated visitor area. Please help by following any directions from the Secretary and staff, and by following the guidance on the shrine room door and on the toilet door.
4. Above all, Social Distancing must be observed, and the now normal regular hand washing, disinfecting, covering of mouth when coughing etc. Please do not come if you are, or have been, at all unwell.
Thank you for your understanding on this. It is currently still prohibited to provide any form of residential accommodation, and for anyone to stay overnight away from home, so, very sadly, the retreat wing remains closed to visitors, as indeed must the House. We will be reviewing this in the light of the changes to Government Guidance announced on 23rd June.
However we hope that the opportunity to practice in the garden and shrine room will enable some of us to make contact with the House again, we are all missing it! And finally please don’t forget that you can also keep in connection with us via the online pujas listed below, plus there will be more online courses and events shortly.
Thank you, very much everyone, for your understanding.
We hope to see you all again as soon as safely possible!
Staff at Marpa House are continuing the daily meditation practice sessions and we hope you will be able to join us ‘virtually’ for online pujas and teachings – details below. In addition to our own programs, our sister centre at Todtmoos in Germany is hosting on line pujas and teachings, many in English. Please contact them at email@example.com if you wish to be enrolled on their email list (also in English).
Meanwhile we also continue to dedicate our prayers for the benefit of all beings everywhere, and in particular those affected by the virus at this time.
We’re delighted to invite you to more online pujas so we can continue to practice together in virtual space! The pujas and dates are listed below. Please contact the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org for the links to join the sessions via Zoom. The puja text will available on-screen during the session.
Sunday 5th July 2020 7.00 am
Sunday 12th July 2020 7:00 am
Sunday 19th July 2020 7:00 am
Sunday 26th July 2020 7:00 am
Thursday 2nd July 2020 8:00 pm
Thursday 9th July 2020 8:00 pm
Thursday 16th July 2020 8:00 pm
Thursday 23rd July 2020 8:00 pm
Thursday 30th July 2020 8:00pm
Calling The Lama From Afar
Friday 10th July 2020 8:00 pm
Tuesday 28th July 2020 7:00 am