|Madhyamaloka's garden in the snow|
“Bhante has continued writing the sketches on themes from his early childhood. The first four are now available to read on Sangharakshita's website. He has nearly finished the fifth, and there may be another one on the way.
"The audio book service has provided interest and entertainment in the form of the following: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, which Bhante described as brilliantly witty, but with a serious moral concern; Journey to the Middle Kingdom by Christopher West, which he thought a fascinating account of China old and new; Asquith, by Roy Jenkins, was an austere political biography of an important British Prime Minister; and John Lennon - The Life by Philip Norman, about which Bhante commented that on the whole Lennon seemed not a very attractive character, and that Yoko comes out rather better. I have continued reading to Bhante from the Gandavyuha Sutra, as well as, for the second time, Subhuti's new paper 'Re-imagining the Buddha'. He has also enjoyed listening to 'The Genius of Mozart', a celebration of Mozart's music on Radio 3.
"Bhante has been to the hospital for an eye test, and is now not due to go again until March - a longer interval than previously, which one hopes is a good sign.