staying @ dhammasara : rains retreat 2023 for lay guest
Vassa (Rains Retreat) : 1 Aug – 29 Oct 2023
Vassa is a beautiful and quiet time of practice, with minimal interaction. Day visitors are welcomed to offer Dana. During the lunch ceremony at 10:30am, there will be a short group meditation session.
If you wish to stay during the Rains Retreat at Dhammasara you must have stayed here before, or is personally known to the monastery and should meet the following criteria:
- Minimum stay is 1-2 weeks, subject to availability.
- Applicants should have completed at least 2 nine days retreat by BSWA and have previously stayed at Dhammasara.
- Applicants should be Buddhist, and a member of the BSWA if living locally.
- There is no formal meditation teaching program at the monastery. Applicants should be able to meditate independently, live in solitude and observe noble silence with very little interaction.
- Applicants should be in good physical and mental health.
- Applicants must have sufficient funds to support their personal needs and medication, including onward travel.
- Guests are expected to participate in assigned duties eg. Food preparation, cleaning and sweeping.
- Guests are required to keep the 8 precepts and respect the monastery rules.
- For overseas guests, please ensure you have valid Australian Visa and adequate Medical Insurance coverage when staying in the monastery, as medical cost is very expensive in Australia.
- Please only apply if you are an experienced meditator and is 99% sure that you are able to come, as many cancellations cause difficulty for others.
Please read and understand the information page for visitors.
- Check-in time: 10am. If you are unable to arrive during our opening hours, please arrange with the Guest Nun to check-in on the next morning by 10am.
- The climate during Vassa months is generally cold and wet. Please bring adequate clothing, rain-gear and proper footwear for walking in the forest environment. Check the weather website for typical winter/spring temperatures.
- Trips to Bodhinyana are for monastics. If you would like to attend regular Dhamma Talk or Sutta classes there, we recommend you apply to stay at Jhana Grove or Bodhinyana Monastery.
Guest who don’t wish to leave your car in the open car park for extended period, please arrange to be dropped off at the monastery.
- Monastery’s Internet usage is not available for guests. Please bring your own mobile data plan (Telstra has better coverage; other providers has NO coverage).
Dhammasara Rains Retreat 2023 Application (Lay Guest)
You will receive a confirmation from the monastery once your application is approved. This may take some time, your patience is appreciated.