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. 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
Our meal time starts at at 11am.
There are three options how to offer the meal:
If you wish to bring cooked 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.
DELIVERY FROM ONLINE SHOP: If you cannot come to the Hermitage, you might find useful another option: you could order food online and then the shop delivers food to our address (Goljek 3, Trebnje)
Dana Suggestion List
Friends of Samanadipa often inquire regarding what is needed. Please find below a list of what would help, along with things you might like to know.
Posodobljeno / Updated: 10.10.2021
The kitchen manager: Dominik
The store-monk: Bh. Phasuko
Koristni živilski izdelki / Helpful food items:
oves / oats
rjavi sladkor / brown sugar
mleko / milk
drinking chocolade (cocoa) / kakav
med / honey
arašidovo maslo / peanut butter
jajca / eggs
- sadje / fruits
- zelenjava / vegetables
Ostale stvari / Other items:
- toaletni papir / toilet paper
NE potrebujemo / We do NOT need:
- zeleni čaj / green tea
- earl grey čaj / earl grey tea
- riž / rice
- testenine / pasta
- zobne ščetke / toothbrushes
- zobna pasta / toothpaste
- milnice / soap bars
- vodo / water
2. Financial support
Donations allow the hermitage to have access to water, electricity and other basic requisities 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. Donations are needed for Hermitage to survive.
Monks are not allowed to accept or use money according to their monastic rules. Therefore please do not hand money directly to the monks.
You can use Donation Box at the Hermitage or you can send donations to the bank account of the association “Društvo theravadskih budistov Bhavana” (in Slovenia) which is the financial stewards of the hermitage.
Gozdni budistični samostan Samanadipa
(The Bank: Delavska hranilnica d.d.
Miklošičeva cesta 5, 1000 Ljubljana)
Standing Order: It is very helpful to the Monastery Trust to know that there is some degree of regular financial support. Standing orders are one of the best ways of ensuring this. If you are in a position to make such an offering then you can do so by completing a standing instruction to your bank.
Online Donation (via PayPal): I wish to make a donation towards Samanadipa Forest Hermitage and the forest monks in Slovenia.
3. 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 Hermitage.