There is a growing number of women who wants to experience monastic life. A core aim of Dhammasara is to provide this rare opportunity for lay women to taste the monastic lifestyle firsthand.
There are rooms available for short term residence in the monastery. Local guests may stay for up to 2 weeks, interstate and international guests up to 4 weeks, subject to room availability. If this interests you, please carefully read the information below.
- Applicants need to have some basic in meditation practice and familiarity with the Buddhist principles in order to live in the monastery. Applicants should have completed at least one Buddhist retreat. There is no formal meditation teaching program at the monastery, so one must be able to meditate independently.
- Applicants should be Buddhist, and a member of the BSWA if living locally.
- Applicants should be in good physical and mental health.
- Applicants are expected to follow daily routine, attend work meetings and participate in work activities.
All overseas visitors must arrange and pay for their own visas and travel to and from Australia. To find out which one is the right one for you follow this link: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visi/Visi#. A Visitor visa will cover you to come and stay as a guest at Dhammasara.
The monastery also requires you to have Travel Medical Insurance that covers you during your stay here.
Anyone who stays at Dhammasara keeps the 8 precepts. Daily routine includes participating in daily work before Dana, and at least 4 formal group meditations some with teaching, per week. For visitors, daily work usually means helping in the kitchen or any outside work around and in the forest. There is still ample time for solitary meditation.
Guests should dress modestly: no shorts, singlets, or revealing clothing. All external business should be kept to an absolute minimum. Try to maintain silence as much as possible. Food & drinks are donated by the supporters to the monastery. If you have any dietary restrictions, please bring your own suitable food and supplements.
The 8 precepts are as follows:
- To refrain from intentionally taking the life of any living creature.
- To refrain from taking what is not given.
- To refrain from any sexual activity: no physical contact or intimacy with the opposite sex.
- To refrain from dishonest speech.
- To refrain from using alcohol or non-medicinal drugs. (Smoking is banned in the monastery).
- To refrain from eating after noon. (Non-milk drinks, juice, sweets, sugar & honey are allowable. Exceptions can be arranged for legitimate health concerns such as pregnancy & diabetes etc.).
- To refrain from dancing, singing, playing music, and wearing cosmetics, perfume, and jewellery.
- To refrain from using luxurious beds and seats.
What to Bring (click here for Extra requirements for Bushfire season)
- Alarm clock
- Toiletries and towel
- Sheets & sleeping bag. Bedding is available for overseas/interstate guests, but must be cleaned before you leave
- Work clothes and shoes/boots
- CD/MP3 player
- Personal Medication/Supplements
Online (no) Access
To maintain the spirit of a forest monastery, living in a simple, natural environment, we encourage all our guests to minimise the use of e-mail, social media and Internet. We do not have much mobile reception in the vicinity of our Building Complex.
Monastery internal Internet is NOT available for guest use.
Arrival and Departure
The monastery is opened daily from 10am – 1pm. Please arrange to arrive around 10am, before the main meal, as one cannot eat in the afternoon. Taxis are available from the airport and the nearest town Midland. There is no train or bus station nearby our monastery.
If you need to leave the monastery during your stay, or return home earlier than intended, please notify a senior nun.
On departing, please ensure your room is clean and tidy by 10am on the day of departure, ready for the next guest. Return your key to a senior nun.
- — Applications may take a few days to be reviewed, we appreciate your patience.
Rains Retreat (Vassa)
During the annual Rains Retreat (full moon in July to full moon in October) there is no short stay accommodation for guests. If you wish to stay for the 1 or 2 or 3 months of the Rains Retreat, you must apply in writing to the Administration Nun.