Dear Friends of Amaravati Monastery,
The monastery has been closed for two months now in accordance with UK guidelines around places of worship in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the UK lockdown starting to ease, the Sangha and community at Amaravati have been thinking about a cautious, phased way forward for opening up the monastery to visitors and guests.
Please note that for now:
- The monastery remains closed to visitors until further notice.
- There are no public activities at the monastery. Online Meditation Workshops and Live-stream Dhamma talks will continue to be made available.
When circumstances allow, we will start by offering opportunities for visitors to join for the meal ceremony and meditation workshops for limited numbers in the Temple. What will be possible will depend on social distancing and other recommendations over the next months.
Residential Retreats at the retreat centre
We are no longer planning to run residential retreats at the Retreat Centre until November. A programme of sangha-led weekend retreats could run in November and December, circumstances permitting. We intend to also have an online aspect to the retreats, giving the opportunity to participate from home.
Overnight Stays at the monastery
There is now no possibility of overnight stays at the monastery until November.
Offering Dānā and deliveries while the monastery remains closed
- There is a table for deliveries and dana by the back gate. You are welcome to leave your offerings there, together with any dedications to be read out at the meal blessing.
- During this time, it is more helpful to bring groceries and pre-packaged goods rather than cooked food.
- The back gate is usually opened at 6.30 am and locked around 5 pm.
We will continue to update the community as things evolve and wish to express our gratitude for your continued support and kind observance.