For over 2600 years, the monastic tradition has survived only through the support of other people. Monks must refrain from growing or cooking their own food, and handling money. To this day, the lay community in many countries around the world continues to generously provide monks with the basic requisites of food, clothing, lodging, and medicine. Monks give their knowledge, service, their time, and energy free of charge, dedicating their whole life to the practice of the Buddha’s Teaching. People who are inspired by this support the monks in return. It is left to the goodwill and discretion of visitors and well-wishers to decide how they might support the work of the Monastery.
The Buddha greatly encouraged generosity (dāna) as a virtue of the heart that brings great benefits to the giver in this life and beyond. Unless they are clearly invited to do so, monastics may not ask for anything directly. Material support enables the monastics to continue their work of training and sharing the Dhamma.
If you believe our Monastery is worthy of support, you can do so in the following ways: