An Economy of Gifts
In accordance with our tradition, Bodhinyanarama is supported entirely by freewill donations of food, money, and time. No charge is made for teachings, accommodation, or other activities offered by the monastery. Below are some ways you can get involved.
If you have any questions about what you might offer phone 04 563 7193 or email us
The Main Meal
This is provided each day by monastery supporters at 10.30am. You are most welcome to participate. You could bring a prepared dish or prepare something here, either from food you bring or food that has already been offered to the monastery. Or just come and join us.
The meal offering is open to all but there is a roster of those wanting to come on a specific day; birthdays, death anniversaries, etc.. This roster is generally managed through our coordinators: Yashodara (Sri Lankan), Sukhanya (Thai), Khin (Burmese) and Aunty Suan in our kitchen here. Gaps are commonly filled by spontaneous arrivals - and you could easily fill one or two. Contact the monastery office.
If you wish to make a meal offering on a particular day or on a regular basis please contact the monastery
[send to 'office']
Food and Kitchen Items
There are various items that are required from time to time, sometimes quite specific; like light bulbs. The list, above-right, may give you a few ideas. We try to keep it up to date.
Offering time or Skills
- The monastery property is quite large and there is always work needed in the forest; clearing paths, sweeping, bridge repair, etc.
- There are quite a few buildings so maintenance is an ongoing job involving many skills: painting, cleaning, dusting, electrics, plumbing, etc.
- The library always needs attention: tidying, sorting, stacking, reading...
- The monastery is very much a community project so even just coming here and spending time adds a good energy.
Sitting in the hall meditating is precious offering.
Guidance is available on all the above.
Donations are used for monthly utilities, maintenance, repayment of
loans, and generally keeping the monastery operational. There are
several ways of offering your support. Below are three common approaches:
are easy ways to make regular donations to the monastery. Feel free to contact the treasurer
(send to 'Financial') if you are unsure how to do this. Our bank details are below.
: There is no way we can get your contact details (email or postal) with direct debit so, if you make a donation and require a receipt, please contact the treasurer
Make cheques payable to "WTBA" and mail to:
17 Rakau Grove
Lower Hutt 5019
Bank account details:
|Name||Wellington Theravada Buddhist Association Inc.
A shorter form can be used: WTBA
|Bank|| National Bank|
|Branch|| Lower Hutt|
|Swift code|| ANZBNZ22|
If an 11 digit code is required: ANZBNZ22XXX
|Account Number|| 06 0582 0015463 02 |
Come to the Monastery
You are most welcome to come to the monastery.
Your participation in the life of the monastery is one of the greatest gifts you can offer. Check the events calendar
to see if there is something that you particularly might like to take part in. Also the teaching schedule