Our monastery is usually a very active place, but starting January 3 in the evening and extending over three months to March 31, the community is on retreat. As those familiar with the monastery’s routines will know, it a time when the sangha turns their focus inwards for a period of prolonged formal practice, when sense-restraint and silence are particularly encouraged and outward activities put down. While the sangha is on retreat, the monastery will be supported by a group of lay men and women who ensure the continued running of the place.
Visitors are very welcome to come to participate in the meal offering at 10.45 am (10.30 on Sundays), attend the weekly Saturday afternoon meditation workshops, spend some quiet time, use the library, attend the moon day talks and join in the group meditation in the temple (see schedule below).
Ajahn Amaro will offer readings from the book he co-authored with Ajahn Pasanno ‘The Island’ at 6 pm in the sālā. (Except from February 8-28, on moon days and the day after).
We kindly request that visitors respect the quiet as much as possible, especially when entering or leaving the Temple. The sangha are expected to keep Noble Silence; as a support for their practice, please try not to engage them in casual conversation.
There is no overnight accommodation available and the guest monk/guest nun will not be answering booking or other queries from January 3 until the end of March.
The Retreat Centre is closed, with the first retreat of 2017 taking place in early April. You can however, still make bookings online for retreats.
General Monastery Enquiries and Office Hours
From Jan 3 to March 31, there is someone in the office to take calls and answer queries from 8.15-10.45 am, Mon-Fri only. At other times, there is an answer phone for leaving messages. The monastery secretary will check messages regularly but only reply to those deemed urgent. General enquiries will be filed away to be answered once the winter retreat is over.
For enquiries about the May 2017 events (other than guest bookings) please use the contact form on amaravati.org/visiting/may-2017-events.
The website is not updated with new Dhamma talks over the winter. Any talks recorded will be published in April. The monastery newsletter, Looking Ahead, will be published in early Jan and posted here shortly afterwards.
The construction of the Aroga Kuti is now complete. There will however be some building works at the monastery over the winter. We expect to start work on a new driveway and car-parking spaces at the front of the monastery towards the end of January. The work will take around six weeks to complete.
Access should not be affected, but there will be some disruption and we kindly ask that you take care when entering and leaving the monastery as there may be lorries or other machinery working near the entrance gates.
In February, the Sālā building will be closed for some refurbishment work to take place. The building will close Feb 8 to Feb 26. During this time, the meal offering will take place in the Retreat Centre kitchen. The Anumodanā chanting will be offered in the RC kitchen on weekdays and in the Temple at weekends.
Group Practice Schedule
Jan 3–16 All-day group practice
Jan 17 – Feb 7 Afternoon & evening group practice only
Feb 8 – 28 Open schedule (no formal group practice or evening dhamma readings)
Mar 1 – 15 Morning Group practice only
Mar 16 – 31 All-day group practice
The daily schedule during periods of group practice
5.00 am Morning sitting and chanting
8.30 am Sitting with instruction
9.30 am Walking
10.45 am Meal offering (10.30 on Sunday)
2.00 pm Sitting
3.00 pm Walking
4.00 pm Sitting
6.00 pm Dhamma Reading in the sālā (except on moon-days and the day after)
7.30 pm Evening chanting and meditation
On moon-days there is a dhamma talk in the evening and midnight meditation vigil.