Monks of the Theravada tradition live in accordance with the original monastic code, Vinaya. This prohibits monks from both handling or holding personal rights over money. Consequently, the finances of the monastery are stewarded by a charitable body, Harnham Buddhist Monastery Trust (HBMT - see below) - and are managed on a day-to-day basis by the Monastery Management Group and the Office Administrator. The Trustees are friends and supporters of the monastery, who serve in this capacity as an expression of their commitment to Dhamma.

The main priority of the Trust is to ensure that the sangha, the monastic community, is sufficiently provided for in the form of a place in which to live and practice. However, the sangha itself also attaches a great deal of importance to helping lay people develop their practice. This includes providing opportunities to stay at the monastery during both formal retreats and individual short-term stays. In order to facilitate these ends the Trust has established a visitor facility, Kusala House.

Harnham Buddhist Monastery Trust (HBMT)

The Trustees' Annual Report for 2020 (uploaded August 2021)

Previous Trust Reports

In 1984 the lay supporters of Aruna Ratanagiri, Harnham Buddhist Monastery, formed a charitable trust, the Magga Bhavaka Trust, as the body owning and managing the material assets of the monastery. In 2009 the Harnham Buddhist Monastery Trust (Company No. 6688355) was set up to succeed the Magga Bhavaka Trust (unincorporated charity registered No. 1126476) and became fully operational in 2010. Although constitutionally independent, this trust is closely associated with the trusts for the other Western monasteries of this tradition within the UK.

Meetings are generally held three times a year and are open to whoever wishes to attend. There are seven Directors, lay people with varying backgrounds and experience, representative of different ethnic and geographical groups of supporters. The monastic community at Aruna Ratanagiri is represented by Members who appoint and disappoint the Directors. The current Members are Luang Por Munindo and Ajahn Puñño. Trust meetings operate by consensus and are quorate with the attendance of at least two of the Directors and one of the Members.

The Trustees (Trust Directors) are:

  • Myint Su: Myint Su first arrived in Scotland from Burma as a student in 1967. She has lived in Edinburgh since 1973 after returning to Burma for a short time. She has been an enthusiastic and grateful supporter of Harnham Buddhist Monastery after discovering its existence in the north of England. Having retired from previous careers, she and her husband Dr Clive Criper run a guest house in Edinburgh.
  • Philippa Padbury: Philippa has been a supporter of the monastery since the early years of its development and has been a trustee since 1986. She is a qualified social worker and has worked in social care and research for the past twenty years.
  • Mike Pearce: Mike and his wife Carole have been supporters of Harnham for many years. He worked for over twenty-five years in banking before taking early retirement to pursue academic interests.
  • Kath Jones: Kath joined the Trust in December 2007 having supported the monastery for a number of years. Until retiring she spent many years teaching special needs children. Kath is married with four grown-up children, several grandchildren and lives in Stanley, County Durham with her husband.
  • John Bower: John first visited the monastery in 2000 in connection with his studies with the Open University. He has been a regular supporter ever since and became a trustee in 2007.
  • Paul Hansen: Paul joined the Glasgow Buddhist group in 2004, he has been a regular supporter of the monastery since 2007 and became a trustee in 2011. He works as a business analyst in telecoms and has been practicing meditation for just under ten years.

Office Administrator:

  • Trust Secretary and Office Administrator
    Penny Wakefield-Pearce has returned to the role of Office Administrator (December 2021) after a break of 2 years during which she acted as a Trustee of HBMT as well as continuing as Trust Secretary. Penny previously worked in the role for 15 years and has been a friend and supporter of the Forest Sangha in the UK since encountering the tradition in the late 1980's.
  • Office Assistant.
    Ian Plagaro has taken on this new support role while Penny is mostly working remotely.
    Ian has been a supporter of the Forest Sangha Tradition for the past 30 years and has a long association with Ratanagiri monastery, having previously served as a Trustee and a member of HBM committee. He works as a psychotherapist for the NHS.

Monastery Management Group (MG)

(replacing what was earlier called the Monastery Committee)

The Monastery Management Group consists of the Office Administrator and two or three monks or novices. For most of the year they usually hold a formal meeting fortnightly to oversee and organize the daily running of the monastery. They have a list of contacts of volunteers within the extended lay community on who's help they can draw.

Should you need any information or advice about visiting the monastery, or ways of supporting the monastic community through offerings of practical help, food or funds, you can email

(Harnham Buddhist Monastery Trust Secretary)

(Office Administrator)

(sangha office) 

or phone the monastery at 01661 881612. We are interested in receiving your comments or suggestions.

You can also fill out a Harnham Helper's form and send it to us by email or post. We will then get in touch with you.

Current Management Group Members

Ajahn Punnyo
Mahesako Bhikkhu
Adicco Bhikkhu
Sucinno Bhikkhu
Anthony Morgan (Office Administrator)

Running Costs

In 2020 the running costs for Harnham Monastery totaled £84,718. Therefore it costs £7,059 per month or £232 per day to maintain the monastery and the community of eight sangha residents.

The lay facility of Kusala House costs at least an additional £600 per month. However some expenses for Kusala House, such as rates and sewage costs, are included in the Monastery’s running costs as they are paid together as one bill.

A breakdown of some the costs

The table below is not fully exhaustive, but represents, on a monthly basis, the main costs spent in ORDER TO maintain the monastery.

Running costs 2020
Utilities 1,781
Household expenses 757
Office Administration (inc, salary etc.) 823
Governance costs (accountant) 315
Motor 554
Rent, rates, insurance 928
Repairs and maintenance 204
Phones and internet 200
Welfare (dentist, medicine) 5
Events 97

Some expenses are only incurred when a donation has been given specifically for that purpose (e.g. planting trees at the lake.) Such expenses are generally not included in the above figures. However, more essential maintenance costs (e.g. repainting of the kitchen) are generally included, even though some of these might be covered by a specific donation.

If you have any queries regarding the running costs of Harnham Monastery, you may contact the monastery's Office Administrator, Anthony, at