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What to bring when first visiting a monastery

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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.

@moderators: I don't know if "ordination" is the appropriate place for this, however I don't see any place that is really fit for these kind of practical how-to-interact-with-the-sangha questions.

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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

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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

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
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but great rivers flow silently.
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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

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: What to bring when first visiting a monastery

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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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Learn this from the waters:
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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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