regular events


Listed below are activities held regularly at the monastery. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Meditation Classes

See meditation groups.

Sunday and Wednesday Tea with a Bhikkhu

Sunday tea takes place at 5.30pm in the Kusala House shrine room every week except the first Sunday of the month, Wednesday tea on most Wednesdays (check calendar) at the same place and time. These are opportunities to meet with a sangha member for a discussion on Dhamma practice.

Sunday Evening Meditation and Dhamma Talk

Sunday evening meditation and chanting is usually followed by a talk on the Buddha’s teachings or a guided meditation. Meditation starts at 7pm and the evening closes around 8.30pm. All are welcome.

Practice and Study Days

Practice and Study Days, led by one of the senior monks, are held periodically at the monastery on Sundays. Please see the calendar for upcoming dates. These days consist of formal meditation sessions, presentations and discussions around selected topics. They start at 1.30pm and finish at approximately 6pm. No booking is necessary. If you wish to arrive early, you are welcome to participate in the 11.30am meal. Offerings for the meal are always welcome.

Lake Volunteer Days

These are held at regular intervals, usually once a month on a Saturday. Please check the calendar for future dates. The work day starts with a session in the morning from 8.30 til 11am, then a break for the meal and a second session between 1 and 4.30pm including a tea break. You are welcome to join in for any part of the day, or to help prepare the meal or tea. Please bring wellies and suitable clothing as it may be muddy.

If you need more information, please contact Penny, the monastery secretary, at phone 07765548071 or secretary@ratanagiri.org.uk

Festivals

In keeping with Theravada Buddhist tradition we observe the festival days of Vesak and Kathina. These are less formal occasions and a good opportunity for family and friends to join a celebration.

Vesak, sometimes informally referred to as ‘Buddha’s Birthday’, encompasses the birth, enlightenment, and passing away of the Buddha. The exact date varies from year to year according to the lunar calendar, but typically falls in April or May.

Kathina usually takes place at the end of the Vassa (the three-month rains retreat) in October or November (see calendar). N.B. Sometimes the Kathina is replaced with a Pah Bah robe offering ceremony.

Winter Retreat

The monastery is open every day of the year for visits by the public. However, please note that during the months of January, February and March the resident community primarily focuses on their private practice. During this time, the Sunday Evening Meditation and Dhamma Talk continues but other public events such as Tea with a Bhikkhu, Practice and Study Days, and Lake Volunteer Days do not. As always, visitors are still welcome to participate in the meal offering and meal.