Dhammasara is open daily between 10am and 1pm. Please observe good hygiene and the physical distancing.
You are welcome to bring Dana and attend the lunch ceremony at 10.30am. You can stay for lunch, we encourage you to bring your own plate and eating utensils.
It is fundamental to the principles of Theravada Buddhism that monastics, as alms mendicants, are completely dependant on lay supporters for their material needs. The Buddhist community thereby becomes mutually dependant. The lay community offers material support, whilst the monastic community provides spiritual support in the form of Dhamma talks, meditation guidance, personal counsel and exemplary behaviour. Dhammasara in particular offers a daily Dhamma Reflection or Short Meditation at the time of meal offering. This two-way sharing of merits fosters an ever-deepening sense of community responsibility and compassion.
“Dana” means giving, and it is part of the Buddhist way of life. Buddhist nuns cannot handle money and are therefore reliant on the lay community for their food and requisites to enable them to continue their practice. The offering of alms food into the bowls of the nuns is an established part of Buddhist tradition, and visitors are welcome to visit Dhammasara any day of the week for the daily meal.