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. 

  • Soluble multivitamin tablets
  • Fruits
  • Long-life fruit juice

Helpful non-food items

  • AA batteries
  • Epoxy glue

Last update: 25/07/2021

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

Sponsored Meals

It is possible to offer a sponsored meal to the sangha. It is also possible to contribute towards a part of a meal. In both cases the meal is usually prepared by our kitchen team. If you are interested in this option, please see our sponsored dana form which has more information and the latest updates on this subject.

Please be aware that 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.

We would also ask that you note that regarding any part of your donation that is not spent for the specified meal, (one reason being that it can be difficult to spend an exact amount), the monastery’s approach is that it will be used for other useful items for the larder and kitchen or other 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 does not cook with products that include MonoSodium Glutamate (MSG/E621).