Our founding teacher, Luang Por Sumedho, will be in residence at Amaravati in May 2017, together with a number of Elders from the Ajahn Chah tradition, including Luang Por Liem, Luang Por Anek and others. They will be present for the Visākha celebrations, which are followed by an open retreat in the Temple lead by Ajahn Sumedho. Later in the month, nearly 100 monks and nuns will gather from the branch monasteries worldwide for 5 days of sangha meetings.

Guests and visitors are welcome to join us at this time, more details can be found below.

Sunday May 7 – Visākha Festival

The public celebration of the birth, awakening and final passing away (parinibbāna) of the Buddha. The day will start at 10.00 am with Paritta (blessing) Chanting, followed by a rice pindapat and meal offering. A Dhamma talk will be offered in the afternoon by visiting Elders.

Visākha Festival – Outline Schedule for the Day

10.00 am Paritta Chanting in the Temple

10.40 Rice Pindapat

13.30 Dhamma Talks

Wednesday May 10 – Visākha Pūjā – Full Moon of May

This is the full moon night of May, when we pass the day reflecting on the birth, awakening and final passing away (parinibbāna) of the Buddha. There is a pūjā, meditation and Dhamma talk starting at 7.30 pm, followed by a candlelight circumambulation of the stupa and late night meditation vigil.

May 12 -19 – Luang Por Sumedho Open Retreat 

The open retreat is an opportunity for everyone to hear teachings and join in a schedule of meditation with the sangha. Luang Por Sumedho will offer a Dhamma reflection every evening, with other teachers offering instruction in the morning. The retreat will be held in the Temple. Camping will be available for lay guests who can commit to staying for the whole week. Day visitors are welcome to join in the meditation and teaching sessions.


UPDATED: Open Retreat Schedule

Friday 12 – Arrivals and registration

15.00 – 17.30 Registration and seat allocation in the sālā for retreatants staying at the monastery or attending all week as day visitors.

18.00 – 19.00 Orientation talk in the sālā

19.30 Evening Pūjā and Meditation in The Temple

20.00 Dhamma talk by Luang Por Sumedho

21.00 Sitting

21.45 – Close

Saturday 13 – Thursday 18

5.00  Meditation and Pūjā in the Temple

7.00 – 8.00 Breakfast

8.30 – 9.15 Meditation Instruction + Sitting in the Temple

9.15 – 11.00 Sitting and Walking

11.30 – 14.00 Meal and rest

14.00 – 16.30 Sitting and Walking

16.30– 17.30 Q&A with senior Ajahn in the Temple

19.30 – 21.45 Puja, Meditation & Dhamma Talk by Luang Por Sumedho in the Temple

Friday 19 – Closing Day

5.00  Meditation and Pūjā in the Temple

7.00 – 8.00  Breakfast

8.30 – 9.15 am Meditation Instruction + Sitting in the Temple

9.15 – 11.00  Sitting and closing talk

11.30 – 14.00 Meal and rest

14.00 – 15.00 Sitting

15.30 – 16.00 Closing Ceremony


May 22-26 – IEM 2017 International Elders Meeting & Sangha Gathering

The IEM is a gathering of elders and abbots from the Ajahn Chah group of monasteries in the Western world. This is held roughly every three years, the last time having been 2014, when it was also held at Amaravati.

Parallel to the IEM, Amaravati is hosting a Sangha Gathering for those not involved as Abbots or Elders in the IEM. The format of the Sangha Gathering is likely to include informal discussions and opportunities for all members of the sangha to meet.

The sangha discussions are private, but visitors and guests are welcome to join the daily morning and evening pūjā. Public Dhamma reflections will be offered every day in the Temple at the mealtime and a longer talk in the evening.

As Buddhist samanas, we are encouraged to meet frequently in order to preserve harmony within the group and sustain the friendship which underpins the Holy Life. The IEM and Sangha Gathering are one instance of this kind of coming together, to discuss topics of relevance, but also simply for us all to meet in an atmosphere of friendliness and mutual support.

Group picture IEM 2014 a


Staying as a lay guest at the monastery during the May events

From May 5 to 29,we will be providing space and basic facilities for up to 100 guests to camp (50 men and 50 women in separate areas) and additional spaces for event helpers. Note you will need to bring all your own camping equipment (tents only – no camper vans).

In order to minimise disruption during the time of Luang Por Sumedho’s retreat, accommodation for the period from Fri 12 to Fri 19 is reserved for guests who can commit to staying the whole week, arriving no later than Friday 12 afternoon and leaving no sooner than Fri 19 in the afternoon.

We regret that we are unable to have under 18s staying overnight, though they are welcome as day visitors.

Please click here for some ideas for campsites, B&Bs and hotels in the area as an alternative to camping onsite. 


NEW Click here for information (FAQ) about how to get to the monastery, what to bring and other information for guests and visitors during the May events.

CLICK HERE for a link to a lift share page for getting to and from the monastery.


Offering service 

We are especially hoping to have a team of people who can come to stay and serve as dedicated ‘Event Helpers’.  This would involve staying for short or longer periods during the month, or for the week of the retreat. While guests would be asked to do a daily chore, the Event Helpers would be on hand to support the sangha who are running the events and do a variety of practical tasks through the day. Event Helpers will have their own accommodation areas.

Contact

To ask about staying as a guest or Event Helper, please contact the guest monk (for men) or the guest nun (for women).

Your Name (male guest only)

Your Email

Have you stayed as a guest before? If yes, when?

Country of Residence?

Day of arrival

Note: at least 7 days in advance, but less than 4 months. From 1 January until 28 March we do not process bookings, due to the monastic winter retreat

Day of departure

Any alternative dates or arrival & departure?

Reasons for staying at Amaravati

A copy will be sent to your email address

Your Name (female guest only)

Your Email

Have you stayed as a guest before? If yes, when?

Country of Residence?

Day of arrival

Note: Only booking 4 months in advance. From 1 January until 28 March we do not process bookings, due to the monastic winter retreat

Day of departure

Any alternative dates or arrival & departure?

Reasons for staying at Amaravati

A copy will be sent to your email address