Ways to support
Supporting the Developing Sangha |
Online Donations (credit/debit card/Paypal) |
Bank Account Details |
Standing Order Forms |
Donations By Post |
Supporting the Developing Sangha
There are many ways you can contribute to and participate in what happens at Amaravati: whether it be by visiting and sharing in some of the communal practice opportunities like pujas or workshops, or practising quietly on your own in the Temple or another peaceful spot; staying as a guest to join in the routine and practise alongside the resident community; helping out with work that needs to be done (e.g. by coming for breakfast and joining in the morning working meditation period from 8.15–10.30 a.m., or offering skills such as transcribing and proofreading Dhamma teachings, etc.), offering food or other requisites, or by supporting the monastic community and the monastery financially by means of donations. You’ll find more information on ways to help other than through donations here. This page is intended to provide you with an overview of the various ways you can help the monastery financially.
One of the traditional characteristics of Theravada Buddhism is that the teachings of the Buddha are made freely available to those who wish to receive them. Following this tradition, at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery no charge is made for teachings or for accommodation or anything else. The monastery runs entirely on a donation basis, and depends for its continued existence and development upon the generosity of its lay supporters.
Members of the Theravada monastic tradition, the Sangha, live in accordance with the original monastic code – the ‘Vinaya’. This prohibits monks from handling or holding personal rights over money. Consequently, the finances of the monastery are ‘stewarded’ by a charitable body, The English Sangha Trust Ltd – and are administered by the charity’s Finance Sub Committee, which reports to the Board of Trustees. Trustees and Committee Members are friends and supporters of the monastery, who serve in this capacity as an expression of their commitment to Dhamma.
The finances are administered in two main categories of funds, the General Fund for the daily running of the monastery, and where appropriate through Designated Funds which support various building projects and development of the amenities. All of the funds are administered by the Trust and the Committee who manage the funds in accordance with the wishes of the donors. Donations can be made to the General Fund, or for a particular (i.e. designated) purpose. If amounts received into a designated fund exceed the related expenditure, any excess will be used for the general support of the Sangha.
The latest audited financial statements of The English Sangha Trust Ltd can be accessed on the UK Charity Commission website by using the following link: Charity Commission Website
As in the time of the Buddha, the monastery does not grow or buy food and therefore is completely dependent on daily alms and donations of food. Please call the monastery prior to donating food items to inquire about which specific things are currently needed. Kitchen needs change frequently and this is particularly the case with fresh food.
The monastics eat one main meal a day in late morning and the monastic regulations require that they finish by midday. If you would like to make an offering for the meal, please call in advance if possible to coordinate with the kitchen manager and plan to arrive by 10:00 am (11:00am British Summer Time).
Offering a Meal at the Monastery
Offering food to the monastic community provides an opportunity to visit and participate in the lifestyle of the monastery. A simple menu is fine, but do remember that it is the only meal for the day. You may feel awkward preparing food in someone else’s kitchen. If that is the case, it may be easier if you’ve prepared the main dish ahead of time. When offering the meal at the monastery, the kitchen manager can help explain the protocol for offering food to the monks. If you are interested in offering a meal please submit our donation form or contact the monastery.
Offering Goods and Supplies
The monastic code requires the sangha to be dependent upon the lay community for all their physical needs. Besides food, other goods and supplies are needed for the resident community and the running of the facilities.
Daily Chores and Work
About five mornings a week for most of the year the monastery holds a work period from 8.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. We have a wide variety of projects that people can help with depending on their abilities. Any help is welcomed and greatly appreciated. Please feel free to drop in and join everyone at the Sala for breakfast beforehand beginning at 7.15 a.m., or for the day’s work meeting at 8. Note that on Lunar Observance days and the day following them there is no scheduled work period. (You can check the calendar for the Observance Day dates.)
Offering Services – Lotus Volunteer Group
The Sangha are able to live as mendicants because laypeople respect their training and are prepared to help to support them. This gives rise to a sense of mutual respect and cooperation in which both layperson and samana (religious seeker) are called upon to practise their particular lifestyles and responsibilities with sensitivity and sincerity.
The Lotus Volunteer Group, launched in January 2012, is managed by a group of lay supporters with the following aims:
– to establish and communicate a range of opportunities that exist for supporting the community at Amaravati
– to identify suitable and willing volunteer support as and where possible
– to enable the fulfilment of the many opportunities that exist to participate and help out
Please visit the Lotus Volunteer Group website at http://lotusvolunteergroup.amaravati.org where you can find out what current needs and opportunities to help the Sangha are, and if you wish, register as a member of the group and stay informed about further opportunities to volunteer your time, energy and skills.
Online Donations (credit/debit card/Paypal)
The Trustees of The English Sangha Trust offer the following online facilities as a convenient way of making online donations to the monastery (please click the following link):
Online donation using debit/credit card/Paypal payable in UK Sterling, Euros, or US Dollar. Please note that The English Sangha Trust will incur a transaction charge of 4% for online donations (on donations attracting Gift Aid) and 3% on all other donations, including those from overseas supporters.
It is possible to make donations to general funds and also to specified projects. If you wish your donation to be used for a particular purpose you can also advise the Trust Secretary by sending an email to est AT amaravati DOT org (be sure to change the “AT” and “DOT” before emailing)
Please note that if the amounts donated for a specified project are ultimately more than necessary any excess will be used for the general support of the Sangha.
More ways to support
Bank Account Details
|To make domestic and international transfers please contact the Trust Secretary by sending an email to est AT amaravati DOT org (be sure to change the "AT" and "DOT" before emailing) to request details for the EST's bank account.
We recommend that you check with your bank what charges will be made for a funds transfer.
Please note that if your donation is for a specified purpose and the amount donated is more than necessary for the particular purpose any excess will be used for the general support of the Sangha.
Standing Order Forms
It is helpful to the monastery to know that there is some degree of regular financial support. Standing orders are one very helpful way of ensuring this. If you are in a position to make such an offering and wish to, then you can do so by completing a standing instruction to your bank (monthly, quarterly or annually). In certain circumstances it is possible for the Trust obtain tax relief on such donations. If you wish to make a donation to the monastery by a standing order with your bank please print the following document and complete this form and post this to
The Trust Secretary,
Amaravati Buddhist Monastery,
Herts HP1 3BZ
Download standing order document (click for PDF)
Donations By Post
Donations can be made in the form of cash or cheques (made payable to The English Sangha Trust Ltd) placed in the donation envelopes provided. Again, under certain circumstances, the monastery can claim tax relief.
If you live in the UK there is the option of posting us a cheque. Please make cheques payable to
The English Sangha Trust Ltd
and send them to:
Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, Great Gaddesden, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP1 3BZ.
If you wish your donation to be used for a particular purpose please include a note when sending the donation. Please note that if the amount is more than necessary for the particular purpose any excess will be used for the general support of the Sangha.
Wisely reflecting, I use the robe: only to ward off cold, to ward off
heat, to ward off the touch off flies, mosquitoes, wind, burning and
creeping things, only for the sake of modesty.
Wisely reflecting, I use almsfood not for fun, not for pleasure, not
for fattening, not for beautification, only for the maintenance and
nourishment of this body, for keeping it healthy, for helping with the
Holy Life; thinking thus, I will allay hunger without overeating, so
that I may continue to live blamelessly and at ease.
Wisely reflecting, I use the lodging only to ward off cold, to ward off
heat, to ward off the touch of flies, mosquitoes, wind, burning and
creeping things, only to remove the danger from weather, and for
living in seclusion.
Wisely reflecting, I use supports for the sick and medicinal requisites:
only to ward off painful feelings that have arisen, for the maximum
freedom from disease.