For over 2600 years, the monastic tradition has survived only through the support of other people. Monks must refrain from growing or cooking their own food, and handling money. To this day, the lay community in many countries around the world continues to generously provide monks with the basic requisites of food, clothing, lodging and medicine. Samaṇadīpa is supported entirely by donations. They give their knowledge, service, their time and energy free of charge, dedicating their whole life to the practice of the Buddha's Teaching. People who are inspired by this support the monks in return. It is left to the good will and discretion of visitors and well-wishers to decide how they might support the work of the hermitage.
Generosity is a positive quality of the heart which the Buddha greatly encouraged for its benefits to the giver in this life and beyond. Unless they are clearly invited to do so, monastics may not ask for anything directly. Practically speaking, donations supply everything from food, soap, to building costs and insurance. They enable the monastics to continue their work of training in, and sharing, the Dhamma. This facility and its resident monastics have no outside means of support.
If you believe our hermitage is worthy of support, you can do so in the following ways:
1. Offering food and other items
Friends of Samanadipa Forest Hermitage often inquire regarding what is needed. Please find below a list of what would help, along with things you might like to know.
Updated: 23rd March 2017
Helpful food items:
|Helpful non-food items:|
Thank you but we have more than we can use of the following items:
Bottled water, Tea, Vegetable oil,
Plastic cups and plates, towels, Soap, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste
Offering the Meal
Our meal time starts at midday in Summer times, and at 11am in Winter times.
There are three options how to offer the meal:
1. If you wish to bring a food offering and join in with the meal, please contact us at least one day in advance. Offering food to the monastic community provides an opportunity to visit and participate in the lifestyle of the monastery. You are welcome to cook your food in our kitchen, though beware that the kitchen is simple and some people may feel awkward preparing food in a kitchen that is not their own. If that is the case, it may be easier for you to prepare a dish or several dishes ahead of time.
2. As an alternative, it is possible to make a specific donation to cover the mid-day meal. Other supporters have kindly agreed to use the donated funds to buy food or/and prepare the meal for the community on your behalf. For more information please contact us.
3. You are also welcome to invite monks to your house where you can offer to them a meal.
2. Donating work
Your help with building or maintenance is also greatly welcome. The monastery always needs help with:
- forest work: brezovanje twigs, trees, cleaning, chopping firewood
- garden work: pulling weeds, and planting ornamental plants, pruning, mowing, raking.
Digging into the earth and the destruction of living plants are the things that the monks are not allowed to do. But such works in nature are indeed necessary and therefore help of this kind is never enough.
Also you welcome to help with various tasks and professional services, such as construction, transportation, and administration. If you would like to volunteer your support please contact the monastery by emailing us via the Contact page.
3. Financial support
Donations enables the community to support itself and provide a source of inspiration and teaching to the laity. In this way the Buddha’s teachings are able to survive and thrive for generation after generation.
Monks are not allowed to accept or use money according to their monastic rules. Therefore please do not hand money directly to the monks.