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Fire Update
Dear friends near and far, 

We are now into day 15 of the fire. The fire is contained and the services are now into the ‘extinguishment phase’ still aided by the helicopter water drops and multiple fire teams. 

As the days pass the island feels increasingly safe. The multi- agency strategy, focusing on people, buildings and ecology, is making significant in-roads and already plans are underway to protect the National Nature Reserve and the island from the devastation of future fires. We are thankful for the services provided unfailingly from all the agencies, local and distant, and especially to Doncaster Council for providing such very human support. 

Images from top:
* The Gomde Covid 19 Retreat Team 
* Fire servicemen 

The ‘covid retreat community’ begins its routine once again. Caring for the land, the buildings and gardens. Practising, studying, reflecting and, through the extremes the times have thrown at us, beginning to see how to bring difficulties onto the path.  
It continues to be our aspiration to shepherd Gomde in readiness for the time when you can all return here and enjoy the quiet splendour and nourishment of your spiritual home.

Throughout this time Rinpoche has steadfastly guided us with special blessings and protection.  Twice the fire threatened the Hall and buildings. On both occasions the fire unexpectedly passed us by – subdued at the boundary.

The outcome is that we are now surrounded on three sides by fired land. The island is a shard of natural beauty in the midst of a scorched landscape.

Images from top:
* Map showing the extent of the fire, hatched orange.
* An aerial view of the burnt moor land on the left and
Lindholme island on the right.  

We thank everyone for their kind wishes and support which have helped us through these difficult times.

As an auspicious offering to you all, Khenpo Tokpa Tulku just completed his latest Saturday Dharma talk- it is simply amazing. Here is the link:

Analytical Meditation: 
The Three Fundamental Characteristics of Confusion
May we all realise our true nature.

Kindest wishes
Team Gomde 
May 2020