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Bodhinyanarama: Paying a Visit
Visit Directions Staying Booking Etiquette
Visiting the Monastery

General Guidelines

Day visitors are welcome at any time. The main gate is open from approximately 6.30 am to 8.00 pm (later on Sundays and other teaching evenings). The meditation hall is generally open during the day and there is a library for browsing or borrowing. The stupa (pagoda) is five minutes from the top end of the car park.

If you wish to talk with someone living at the monastery it is best if you contact us to arrange a time. If you come at either the meal time (10.30-12.00 am) or tea time (6 pm) you will most likely be able to chat with someone.

The main public evenings are Wednesday (7pm) and Sunday (6pm), when there is chanting, meditation, and a talk by one of the senior monks followed by questions and discussion. There is also a monthly Meditation Workshop (first Saturday, 1:00-5:00pm), for both beginners and experienced meditators.
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Staying as a Guest

We welcome people to come and stay at the monastery. First time visits are limited to 3-7 days. More information here

Daily Schedule

Details will vary according to the time of the year and the seasons generally but here is a typical day's schedule...

am 5:15 Morning Puja - chanting and meditation

6:30 Chores - mostly domestic

7:00 Light Breakfast. Ajahn Kusalo is generally available after breakfast.

8:00 General work (assigned according to ability). Meal preparation.

10:30 The main meal; eaten in silence (the last of the day). Immediately after the meal, 11:30+, is a good time to meet with the monastics.
pm 6:00 Hot drinks are available. A monastic often meets with residents at this time.

7:00 Evening Puja - chanting and meditation. [Sunday 6pm]

Sundays:
Afternoon: group meditation 1:30 to 4:30pm. Tea at 5pm.
Evening: Puja starts at 6pm, the dhamma talk-discussion usually finishes at about 8. On alternating Sundays we meditate until midnight. See the calendar for which days that will be. You can join for all or part of this.

Mondays:
There is no group meditation, morning or evening.

Wednesday Evening:
After the usual 7pm chanting and meditation the community takes the Three Refuges and Eight Precepts. This is followed by a dhamma talk, discussion, study group, etc.. The format varies each week. Finish around 9pm.

Lunar Observance Days: Check the calendar for dates.
With the changes to the Wednesday and Sunday programme, ie. the shift to a solar calendar, most of these days pass without note. There will be the occasional full moon (eg. Vesak) when we will organize a particular event.

Weekends

For many, this is a convenient time to visit the monastery.
You are most welcome to join with us for the meal on either Saturday or Sunday, or any day in fact. This is at 10.30am.
On Sunday we begin the meal-offering program at 10am with a short period of meditation.

Many of the scheduled teachings are on the weekend. See Teachings

Most of our festivals and celebrations are held on Sunday around the meal offering. Check the calendar