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What to bring when first visiting a monastery

Postby Ytrog » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:42 pm

As some of you may know I'll be staying as a guest at Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery next week. I wonder though what to bring. Any gifts you can recommend?
Is it usual to give donations beforehand or afterwards and in what form (electronically or cash)?

I hope you can answer these questions as I'm not sure about these things and I don't want to do this wrong.

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Re: What to bring when first visiting a monastery

Postby BlackBird » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:56 pm

That's Chithurst right? Some Cheese would probably be quite welcome. Not sure whether they're still doing that porridge mash up for breakfast, but some fresh fruit is always a welcome addition to the monastery stores.
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Re: What to bring when first visiting a monastery

Postby Cal » Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:10 pm

Ytrog wrote:As some of you may know I'll be staying as a guest at Cittaviveka Buddhist Monastery next week. I wonder though what to bring. Any gifts you can recommend?


Here's a Dana suggestions list from the Cittaviveka blog as of April :-

http://chithurst.blogspot.com/2011/04/dana-suggestions.html

Ytrog wrote:Is it usual to give donations beforehand or afterwards and in what form (electronically or cash)?


Not entirely sure on the form for staying visitors, but there are a couple donations boxes in the main house and Dhamma Hall. You can post cash or cheques there. I think it's probably up to you what and when. There's more information on donations here:-

http://www.cittaviveka.org/support.money.htm

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Re: What to bring when first visiting a monastery

Postby mikenz66 » Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:38 pm

I like to give some actual food when I visit my Wat because then it feels to me that I'm directly feeding the sangha...

On the other hand, my main donations are financial, for extremely practical reasons: that way I can give the Wat 50% more (since I can claim back about 1/3 of what I donate from the tax department)...

This might sound too calculated, but what [the trust that owns] our Wat really needs is money (to pay the mortgage, rates, electricity...).

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Re: What to bring when first visiting a monastery

Postby Ben » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:13 pm

mikenz66 wrote:This might sound too calculated, but what [the trust that owns] our Wat really needs is money (to pay the mortgage, rates, electricity...).

Indeed!
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Re: What to bring when first visiting a monastery

Postby Ytrog » Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:32 am

Thanks for the answers. I can work with that. I think I'll bring something like food (not sure what I can bring along in an airplane though) and donate money :anjali:
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Re: What to bring when first visiting a monastery

Postby Ben » Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:39 am

Ytrog wrote:Thanks for the answers. I can work with that. I think I'll bring something like food (not sure what I can bring along in an airplane though) and donate money :anjali:

If I were you Ytrog, I would buy some food for the monastery in England.
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Re: What to bring when first visiting a monastery

Postby Ytrog » Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:13 am

Ben wrote:
Ytrog wrote:Thanks for the answers. I can work with that. I think I'll bring something like food (not sure what I can bring along in an airplane though) and donate money :anjali:

If I were you Ytrog, I would buy some food for the monastery in England.

I said I would ;)
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Re: What to bring when first visiting a monastery

Postby Ben » Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:20 am

Sorry Ytrog, I wasn't clear...
Buy something for the monastery in England, when you are in England.
I hope that is clearer!

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Re: What to bring when first visiting a monastery

Postby Ytrog » Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:33 am

Then I misunderstood you :oops:

Thanks for the tip then :thumbsup:
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Re: What to bring when first visiting a monastery

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:47 pm

Yes, I do think they have food in England... :tongue:

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Re: What to bring when first visiting a monastery

Postby Sanghamitta » Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:48 pm

Just in case there is any doubt they prefer vegetarian food...fresh fruits and salads are appreciated.
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Re: What to bring when first visiting a monastery

Postby Ytrog » Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:51 pm

I'll see whether I can pick-up some food on the way. The bus and train run on a tight schedule from the airport, but I'll try to do my best.
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