Sunday, August 01, 2010

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Visit by Ajahn Khemadhammo and Sister Khema. We had a walk round the park, listened to the brass band playing what started life as a Haydn string quartet, and discussed the current major problems encountered by monasteries in the UK on getting permission for visiting monks and nuns from overseas. When the current five-tier system for applications to enter the UK was introduced, we were told it was going to be a simplification, but in practice it has turned out to be so complicated for monks and nuns that mistakes are being made, and the heavy fees they now charge are being forfeited. Its a heavy additional burden on the resources of monasteries, and we need to develop guidance which will lead applicants through the process.

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