Our guest accomodation is unfortunatelly limited, therefore currently we are unable to accomodate women. For male guests we have occasionally free guest room available. If you like to stay here, please write to us for more information. (Alternative option is also that guests stay nearby overnight, there is a bed and breakfast Obolnar in Dolenja vas, 10min driving or 30min walking from the Hermitage.)
In any case, you are welcome to visit Samaṇadīpa any time for the day, keeping in mind the purpose and tranquil atmosphere of a meditation place. You can also make an appointment to meet the monk on arranged time.
Monks of the Hermitage strictly follow the monastic code (vinaya) as has been laid down by the Buddha. The laypeople who come to the Hermitage are not bound by the rules for monastics. You can interact with them as you would with any friend or acquaintance. However note that,
in addressing a monk, it is generally considered impolite to refer to them directly by name without an appropriate form of address. Any monk can be addressed as “Bhante” (in Pali language) or "Venerable" (in English) or "Častiti" (in Slovenian). Alternatively you can address any monastic who has been ordained for more than ten years as “Ajahn” (in Thai). [Occasioanally you might see in some formal writings "Thera" ("the Elder") and "Bhikkhu" ("a monk" or "a "alms-mendicant", abriviation is "Bh."), however usully we do not use them when we address a monk.];
according to the rules of celibacy, a monk preferably may not sit or talk alone with women in indoor closed areas. The presence of another man is required;
the rules for monks and nuns require that they do not touch members of the opposite sex. No need to feel awkward. If you wish you can greet them by holding your palms together in the praying position;
lay visitors are requested to dress modestly when visiting.
The Guideline for the Resident and Visiting monks
The main purpose of the hermitage is to provide a conducive place for study, practice and realization of the Dhamma (pariyatti, patipatti, pativedha). The emphasis is put on seclusion, simplicity and individual practice. In order to protect such atmosphere, bhikkhus are advised to follow the following guideline:
Monks wishing to stay at Samanadipa are expected to follow the rules of the Patimokkha, especially rules regarding money (Nissagiya Pácittiya 18-20).
It is advised to send prior request to stay here as a guest.
Use of the computer and internet access are limited. Use of mobile phones and personal computers is not encouraged.
Hermits of Samanadipa take also the following Teaching of the Buddha as their main guideline for the monastic life (Extract from Sutta-Nipāta, Tuvaṭaka Sutta (4:14.7-20)):
He should restrain his eyes
and close his ears to village-talk.
He should not be greedy for ﬂavours
and should not consider anything in the world as “mine”.
Whatever he experiences,
a monk should not be distressed due to it.
He should not strive after existence,
and he should not be shaken by fears.
things to eat and also clothes:
he should not hoard what he has received
and he should not be upset when not getting any of these.
Meditating instead of roaming around,
refraining from worry,
he should not be negligent.
Also, a monk should dwell in places with little noise.
He should not sleep too much,
he should be devoted to wakefulness, ardent.
He should abandon sexuality, together with
indolence, self-deception, fun and games.
He should not practise magic rituals, the interpretation
of dreams, auspicious signs, and also astrology.
He should not practise animal-communication,
help with fertility or healing.
A monk should not be agitated by criticisms,
or be self-satisﬁed when praised.
He should dispel greed, together with
stinginess, anger and divisive speech.
He should abstain from buying and selling.
A monk should not insult anyone.
He should not linger in the public,
he should not chat to people in the hope for getting something.
A monk should not be a boaster,
he should not speak words carelessly.
He should not practise impudence,
he should not say argumentative things.
Being aware, he should not lie or deceive.
Then also he should not have contempt for others
because of their way of living,
understanding, virtue and rules they follow.
Being provoked, having heard lots of speech
from other contemplatives or ordinary people,
he should not retaliate with harshness,
for those who are peaceful do not make enemies.
Having understood the Dhamma, a monk, making examination,
ever mindful, should train himself.
Having understood that abandoning is peace,
he should not be negligent of the Buddha's message.
Indeed, this unconquered conqueror is one who sees the Dhamma
through his own experience, not by hearsay.
Therefore being heedful and always paying homage,
he should train himself in line with this Blessed One's instructions.