Offering food to monastics is a traditional Buddhist practice. 


The Buddha established that bhikkhunis and bhikkhus should not have paying jobs and should live on food offered by laypeople. He did this in order to ensure that the relationship between monastics and the lay community was one of interdependence and deep connection. By offering food to the Sangha, laypeople provide monastics with the nourishment on which the monastics' very lives depend. Laypeople thereby contribute to the existence and spread of the living Dhamma, and they benefit from the teachings that they receive from monastics. For the monastics, eating what is offered helps with the practice of humility and renunciation as we let go of attachment to our preferences about food and develop contentment with what we are given.

There are several ways you can offer food:

You might sponsor the cost of a day's food for the monastery, either on a one-time basis for a special event, or recurring monthly. You can make arrangements to make your donation
here.

You can also
contact us to make arrangements to bring a meal to the monastery.

And if you are coming to visit, you can make a grocery offering. To offer groceries, you may bring what you wish, and we also welcome you to contact us to see what we might find useful. We try to eat simple, healthy food in order to support our practice. Some staples that we generally use include:

  • Rice

  • Quinoa

  • Millet

  • Oats 

  • Whole-grain bread

  • Nuts/seeds, such as: cashews, walnuts, Brazil nuts, pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds

  • Dried fruit, such as: prunes, dates, raisins, figs

  • Dried beans, such as: mung beans, black beans, adzuki beans, green split peas, lentils

  • Teas

  • Sugar, honey, maple syrup, palm treacle

  • Miso paste

  • Cheese

  • Eggs

  • Butter 

  • Fresh/ frozen/ canned veggies

  • Fresh/ frozen/ canned fruits

  • Nut/seed butters, such as: peanut butter, almond butter

  • Frozen fish/chicken

  • Fresh Fruits

  • Fresh vegetables

  • Paper towels

  • toilet paper

  • laundry or dish detergent

  • trash container bags, in small, 13-15 gallon, and 33 + gallon sizes. 


One note: we are attempting to lessen our impact on the planet by decreasing the amount of single use plastic items, such as bottled water. while it is common to offer cases of single use disposable plastic bottles of water, we humbly request that this not be brought to the monastery. 

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