N.B. The monastery is presently closed to general guests and visitors. For those wishing to sponsor a meal, please see our sponsored dana form.

Friends of Aruna Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery often inquire regarding what is needed. Please find below a list of what would help, along with things you might like to know. 

If you wish to contact Anagarika Gabriel, our Kitchen Manager -

e: arunakitchen@ratanagiri.org.uk

Helpful food and medical items

To avoid too many people offering the same item, we invite donors to email our sangha office and let us know that they are making arrangements for an item to be provided. 

  • Ketchup
  • Cooking oil
  • Ground decaf coffee
  • Instant coffee
  • Cocoa

Helpful non-food items

  • 2nd class stamps
  • Baking paper
  • Dinner candles

Last update: 18/06/2021

Substantial Items

Anyone interested in offering or contributing to a more substantial item could contact the sangha office at the monastery to discuss that matter. Telephone: 01661881612. 

Thank you but we have more than we can use of the following items:

Bottled water, Fruits, White rice, Pasta, Cereal, Tea, Coffee, Salt, Pepper, Biscuits, Soap, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Toilet Paper, Cleaning Sprays, Razors, Socks, Jumpers, Hats, Fabric Softener.

From time to time, when we have surplus food and other stores that are more than we can use, we give them to a charity for the homeless or a foodbank.

This list is updated regularly, but do feel free to telephone - 01661 881 612 - if you would like more detail.

Offering the Meal
If you would like to mark a special anniversary, you could do so by coming to the monastery and offering a gift of a particular meal, in part or in full, cooked or to be stored for offering later. You are welcome to cook here using our kitchen or prepare the food in advance and warm it up here.  Our kitchen is available for visitors to use from around 8.30am onward. 

Please note, it is very helpful for those managing the monastery kitchen to be aware if you are planning to join in the midday meal offering. If possible please contact:  sangha@ratanagiri.org.uk or leave a message on 01661 881612

The option of sponsoring a meal is presently not available until further notice (including the taking of bookings, which should resume in spring 2021.)

Note that if money is sent for a meal in the monastery, a 'plant-based products' policy is usually observed when food items are purchased. If you wish to make an offering in this way please contact: secretary@ratanagiri.org.uk

If you wish to book a sponsored dana, please fill this form.

Health & Safety Regulations

Please note that Health & Safety Regulations prohibit the monastery from re-using left-over food that you cooked at home and re-heated at the monastery. The rules of the Food Standards Agency state that food served at the monastery can only be re-heated once. If you prepare and cook food in the monastery it is fine to ask the kitchen manager if he can store and reheat leftovers on another day. If you have questions about this, please contact the kitchen manager at arunakitchen@ratanagiri.org.uk

Please be aware that the monastery kitchen does not cook with products that include MonoSodium Glutamate (MSG/E621).