Russel passed away peacefully at 9:20pm on Monday 9th April.
He had been in St Anne’s hospice since April 3rd and was extremely well cared for. Soon after he moved to the hospice his condition declined.
During his days in the hospice, when awake, he was mentally alert and was fully aware of the love and good will which was being shared with him.
And he was constantly sending his love to all.
In the last few weeks Russel’s heart has been under some stress, and he has sustained a deterioration in his energy levels. He feels, with regret, that he is very unlikely to regain the physical capacity required to lead the meetings at Sale. His medical regime will now be one of palliative care as required, and he will be receiving outreach services from the nearby hospice.
Russel feels the Buddhist society community is very important, and he is pleased to hear that meetings are continuing to be well attended, and that the special quality which arises when people meet together in quiet openness is always there to be experienced, and to nurture and support each and every participant.
He asks that we always remember two key aspects :
Firstly, not to worry too much about anything which is written, but to always try to express that which is known by direct experience, and this will result in it having the quality of being authentic and truthful to others.
Secondly not to be concerned too much about the “big things” but to attend to the seemingly unimportant – the daily, apparent trivia of life such as doing housework or handling things on an everyday basis, and to give these things full attention and care in the moment of their use . In this way gradually it will be seen that everything is One and not separate.
He hopes he may be able to make one last visit to give his thanks and say goodbye to people, but will have to see how things go in the short-term regarding his physical capacity. Both he and Joyce are grateful for the messages of love and good wishes, and send their love to all.
A photo of Russel, taken at home in the last few days,
The refurbishment of the shrine room is nearing completion and to mark the occasion a small gathering was held there on Saturday 14th October.
Ajahn Karuniko very kindly attended and conducted a short blessing. Russel Williams also attended and joined with Ajahn Karuniko in giving dhamma talks for those present. Also, there was a presentation of gifts to Ian, Pip and Dan in appreciation for their work in remodelling the shrine room with such skill and care.
Many thanks to everyone who so generously supported the project with donations of money, skills, time and care.
Food was offered for the bhikkhu and afterwards for the assembled company.
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