Monday, May 18, 2009
Bicylces & Buddhists
James took part in the Etape Caledonian Cycle Race yesterday. It's an 81 mile race through Highland Perthshire. At one point it looked as if it would have to be abandoned because of an act of sabotage.
Hundreds of carpet tacks had been spread across one section of the road, causing several accidents.
There has been some local opposition to the race because some roads are closed for the event, and one group objected because it was being held on a sunday.
Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured and the race was only held up for 45 minutes. James' time was just over 4 hours. He looks amazingly fresh in the photo taken at the finishing line.
I decided to have a far more chilled out day and went along to the Wesak Celebrations at the Hidden Gardens in Glasgow.
Wesak is the Buddhist New Year and this particular event brings together Scottish Buddhists af all traditions.
I was asked to represent Scotland's Buddhist Vihara, which is the Theravadin tradition, at the opening ceremony. Venerable Rewatha headed the proceedings carrying a small Bodhi tree.