N.B. The monastery is still not fully open

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

If you wish to contact our Kitchen Team -

e: arunakitchen@ratanagiri.org.uk

Helpful food and non-food items

Food items

  • Fresh fruits & vegetable
  • Ground Coffee
  • Coconut milk
  • Silken tofu
  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Flaxseed oil

Non-food items

  • 30L bin-bags
  • Hand scrubbing brush
  • 2nd class stamps
  • Masking tape

Last update: 07/08/2022

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, White rice, Pasta, Cereal, Tea, Salt, Pepper, Biscuits, Soap, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Toilet Paper, Cleaning Sprays, Razors, Socks, Jumpers, Hats, Fabric Softener, Sugar

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

Please note that currently the option of offering a sponsored meal is not available.

If you wish to make a donation to mark a specific occasion you are welcome to do so. You might wish to contribute to General Running Costs , the Kitchen Fund , or the Breakfast Fund . There is also the option of your placing an order with a supermarket and letting us know the delivery time. We would ask that you kindly ensure any such deliveries arrive before 6pm.

For your information, it is usual for all monks, nuns, samaneras, anagarikas and laity who are in the monastery at the time of the meal to partake in the meal offering

For further clarification of any of the above, feel free to call us on 01661 881 612 or email us at: arunakitchen@ratanagiri.org.uk

More Information About Sponsored Breakfast

As mentioned above, it is also possible to participate in the ‘Sponsored Breakfast Scheme’ which allows you to make a financial contribution towards the breakfast that is offered at the monastery and that is generally cooked by one of our residents. If you are interested in this option, please see our sponsored breakfast form which has more information and the latest updates on this subject.

The understanding in our monastery is that all monks, nuns, samaneras, anagarikas and lay supporters who are in the monastery at the time partake in the breakfast offering. (N.B. There might be variations in what food is offered and who receives what.)

Regarding any part of your donation that is not spent on the week for which you wished to sponsor breakfast, it will either be used for breakfast at a later date, or for general kitchen expenses. We trust that this arrangement is agreeable to you unless we hear from you to the contrary.

For further clarification of any of the above, feel free to call us on 01661 881 612 or email us at: arunakitchen@ratanagiri.org.uk

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 tries to avoid cooking with products that include MonoSodium Glutamate (MSG/E621).