Dhammadharini Monastery and Aranya Bodhi Hermitage are monastic facilities
where we live and practice in community. We welcome day visitors and also
overnight female visitors up to the capacity of our visitor lodgings.
Dhammadharini Monastery Schedule
Aranya Bodhi Hermitage
Please arrange in advance to visit Hermitage. Calculate travel time to Jenner plus 30 minutes - The best time to arrive is before the meal dana by 10:30 am. Often conversation time with a bhikkhuni is possible after the meal and afternoons provide an opportunity for practice time in the forest. Because of the remote location, it is very helpful if you would be happy to run an errand for the hermitage in conjunction with your visit - ex: take a bag of trash out with you or bring in needed supplies. Let us know if you are able to help in this way.
Aranya Bodhi Hermitage is a protected space for the Bhikkhunis and like-minded friends to practice within the silence, seclusion and natural beauty of the forest. Living off-grid and isolated from the convenience of town.
Suggestion: this needs to go under a “Guest Guidelines”-8 precepts,
accomodations, dress code, daily schedule.
Expectations of visitors
Monastic visitors are expected to follow Dhammadharini’s way of holding the Vinaya and the community rules. Depending on your length of stay and experience in monastic life, duties of visiting monastics may include helping with basic monastery care, participating in the regular programs and Dhamma discussions or giving special teachings.
Lay visitors are expected to follow the eight precepts, participate in the regular schedule of the monastery or hermitage and help out in ways appropriate to their ability to offer service such as with cooking, driving monastics to appointments or teachings, or general monastery or hermitage care. Most often the support time is limited to a few hours in the morning and afternoons and evenings are free for individual practice. Occasionally there are afternoon projects or errands in which you can chose to participate or not.
If you schedule a visit and are unable to come, please let us know as soon as you know. At some times of year we have limited visitor space and if you cancel late, someone else may have missed the chance to come. We also include you in the number of people participating in a variety of support tasks and may have to modify scheduling to cover your absence.
This is a brief description of the conditions at each location, so visitors are aware of the difficulties as well as the wonderful potential for practice:
Aranya Bodhi Hermitage
The hermitage is a rugged and remote off-grid environment, with no electricity in the sleeping cabins, no flush toilets, limited solar power, no phone, limited internet, steep trails and roads, and naturally-occurring redwood forest molds. It is not suitable for persons with physical limitations or significant health issues. If you have asthma or difficulty walking, please carefully consider the medical supports that will make your visit safe and feasible. There are no close-by medical facilities. We take seriously that a redwood forest on the coast is an easy environment for mold growth and have protocols for cleaning and prevention that must be followed in all buildings. You would have a private cabin for the time of your stay that would be heated either with a wood stove or a propane heater. [Hermitage slideshow]
Our monastery is accessible, near to town and suburbs. It has a pleasant meditation hall, a library and a common area that are used by both overnight residents and guests and by day visitors. The sleeping rooms are mostly shared dorm spaces and we request that you generally keep noble silence, so that you and others may attend to personal practice. The kitchen, community room and some outdoor spaces are appropriate for conversation and shared Dhamma study. [Monastery slideshow]
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Days in monastic life are almost always a mix of mindful work and quieter study and mediation time. Typically lay visitors work in the kitchen preparing meals and helping with the cleaning up, or with driving, yard work, or special projects. Ideally by mid afternoon residents and visitors have withdrawn to quiet places for study or meditation. Principle teaching occurs at Dhammadharini Monastery and includes morning and evening pujas at 6:00 am and 7:00 pm, as well as morning and afternoon Sunday programs and a Tuesday night program. Monastics at Dhammadharini regularly go out on alms round on Tuesday and Friday morning, often with a lay visitor driving.
Aranya Bodhi Hermitage is more secluded with fewer trips outside, and with puja and meditation practice often left to the individual. There generally is a morning meeting much like the one at the monastery with both Dhamma and logistical sharing. After work is finished in early or mid-afternoon residents are usually free to return to their kutis, find a spot near the stream for meditation, or walk in the forest. Occasional trips out for groceries and errands require driving a four-wheel-drive truck over rough back roads. Work at Aranya Bodhi is more physically challenging and meditators need to have a self-sustaining practice to benefit from the solitude.