VISITING DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
Dhammadharini is currently welcoming both day visitors and overnight
visitors who can stay for one month or more, with some restrictions
to protect everyone’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are
not currently accepting shorter-term overnight visits.
Welcome to come offer a meal or other requisites (though please be aware that you won’t be able to use the kitchen here, so any meal should be ready to eat without further cooking or heating). Or let us know if you’d like to arrange some outdoor conversation with our community members. For now, all our Dhamma teaching programs are offered online only. See more details here on how to join us online.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, all incoming overnight visitors at both Dhammadharini Monastery and Aranya Bodhi Hermitage must be able to be tested for COVID before traveling to join us, then quarantine on-site with us for two weeks, and be tested a second time prior to joining in the daily life of our community. Because our capacity to support people on quarantine is limited, right now we are only accepting visitors who may be able to stay one month or more after their quarantine is complete.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are welcoming only brief outdoor day visits at both Dhammadharini Monastery and Aranya Bodhi Hermitage. All day visitors are asked to wear face masks, maintain social distance, and remain outside the buildings at both facilities.
Visitors who have been vaccinated against COVID-19
For now, we are maintaining the protocols above for all visitors, whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or not, since our own residents have not been fully vaccinated. We will consider updating this policy as the COVID situation continues to develop, and we look forward to freely welcoming back our friends for in-person visits as soon as it is safe to do so.
Please click the button below if you would like us to notify you when we are ready to reopen to short term overnight visitors.
Stewardship Opportunities in 2021-2022
Stewardship at Dhammadharini is an opportunity to live fully immersed in monastic community for an extended period of one month or more. Stewards participate in all aspects of community life at Dhammadharini Monastery and Aranya Bodhi Hermitage, including teachings and Dhamma discussion, morning and evening chanting, group meditation time, events, and offering service around 4-6 hours a day, with one quiet day a week set aside for individual practice.
We especially welcome applications for stewards to join us for two dedicated practice periods in 2021-2022:
Vassa: July 24 - October 21, 2021
Vassa is the traditional “Rains Retreat” observed by the monastic Sangha since the time of the Buddha, from the full moon of July to the full moon of October. Vassa-time stewards are invited to stay on through the Kathina season if they wish, until November 19, 2021.
The fully ordained monastics undertake a vow not to leave their place of Vassa-time residence during these three months, and the focus is on developing a harmonious community life with all those who abide together in that one place of practice. Generally there is a shared theme of study and practice for the community, in addition to a rotation of secluded individual retreat times for all community members, including stewards who are able to offer service for the full three months. Several joyful events take place during this time, including the Vassa Aradhana (formal entry into the Vassa period) in July, International Bhikkhuni Day in September, and the Kathina celebration in the month following the end of Vassa. Stewards join with the residents’ community to prepare for these celebrations and attend the Dhamma programs that are offered on these days.
Winter Retreat: January-March 2022
Winter Retreat is a time of greater quiet, as all external community activities are set aside and we turn our focus inwards through deeper formal practice. Generally there is a shared theme of practice and teachings for the community during this time, in addition to a rotation of secluded individual retreat times for all community members, including stewards who are able to offer service for the full three months.
Applying for Stewardship with Dhammadharini Sangha
We welcome candidates who can join us 4-6 weeks before the start of the Vassa or the Winter Retreat, to allow time to complete quarantine and be settled into the community before these special practice periods begin. Priority will be given to those who may be able to stay through the entire three months. First-time visitors to our community will first be welcomed for a two-week initial stay, with review at the end of that time to ensure that it’s a good fit for everyone, before approving them to extend their stay an additional two weeks, and then for three months or more. We especially welcome applicants who have visited our community before, or stayed and served at one of our closely related monastic communities previously. All applicants must be happily willing to follow our COVID-safe protocols.
If you are interested in joining us for this time of practice and mindful work in community, we welcome you to be in touch!