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A Monastery Takes Shape

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Derbyshire Farm – part of the property for sale in Temple, NH (click image to expand)

 

What’s Happening

In July this year Ajahn Jayanto and Ajahn Anando, two monks from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, as well as Tan Saddhammo, a monk from Wat Pah Nanachat, took up residence on part of the property in Temple, NH which we hope can be purchased as a site for a monastery in the tradition of Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho.

UPDATE: Please see the recent announcement for current news. >

Background:
During the summer of 2013, two monks of the Ajahn Chah tradition – Ajahn Jayanto and Ven. Caganando – were invited to stay in Boston in order to explore the possibilities for establishing a branch monastery of their community in New England.

Interest and support proved high – and the opportunity has now arisen to purchase a beautiful, secluded, yet accessible property eminently suitable for a forest monastery in Temple, New Hampshire (near Peterborough).

Supporters are presently working towards a purchase by contributing funds in the form of donations or pledges of private loans. In the meantime, the monks have taken up residence on the property – the owners themselves wish to contribute to the project and have reduced the purchase price as well as allowed us to begin by renting part of the site. 

You can keep up to date with what’s happening on the News page or by joining our mailing list

News > 


Visiting the Monastery

Excerpt from the recent update:

We are happy to receive day visitors and overnight guests at the monastery. (The time to come during the day is around the meal-offering time [11 a.m.] or thereabouts.) Events at Temple Forest Monastery do not require booking. However, those wishing to stay overnight need to book in advance. All activities at the monastery are free of charge; that is, there is no fee for attending events or for staying overnight. We should have a schedule similar to last year’s at the vihara: morning and evening pujas with a Dhamma Talk about once a week, probably on Saturday nights. Otherwise anyone is welcome to come for the meal offering any day at 11 a.m. (no booking necessary, though it would be useful to know if you’re coming, especially if you plan to offer food). 

We’ll post confirmation of puja times and meal offering info, Dhamma Talks, etc. on this website over the next week or so. But we expect it will be 5 a.m. morning puja, 11 a.m. meal, and 7 p.m. evening puja, with a talk on Saturday nights. After the meal on any day Ajahn Jayanto or another monk should be available for conversation. There will likely be days when we are not at the monastery, so please check our calendar or call beforehand before making the journey.

Nearby rentals available:

Message from Jeta Grove Foundation: For anyone interested in ‘living next door’ to the initial monastery for a time, the owners have available rental units on Derbyshire farm – next to where they live on part of the overall property. (NOTE: This would be a separate, private arrangement with the owners, unconnected to staying as a guest at the monastery.)
More details here >

Get In Touch

If you’d like to know more about upcoming events, or have any questions about the monastery project or how to get involved, please send us an email or give us a call:

Contact >

Calendar >

If you’re planning on coming to the monastery to offer food, or just to visit, in order to check that the monks will be there on that day please check the calendar or call the monastery at (603) 654-2292


How to help

You can find out more about what’s needed or useful on the Contribute page. In addition, for this initial moving-in period the Dana List (list of things the monastery could use) is printed on this page, below.

Contribute >

Financial Questions

Financial matters are handled by the non-profit organization Jeta Grove:

Jeta Grove >

Needs

Some of you have been asking what we need. Indeed, moving in to two empty houses we could use many household things, and there are other items that will be useful longterm. Therefore below is a list with various things we either need or would find useful. There are also a few bigger or more detailed items needed, please feel free to contact the monastery to ask about what would currently be useful.

Dana List:

Amazon Gift Cards (or Gift Cards from other big stores including Lowes, Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc.) – In case this is the easiest or preferred method for some of you, we can use Gift Cards to acquire needed items ourselves; this can be very useful for the monastery. Amazon Gift Cards can be emailed to contact@jetagrove.us

straw mats (for placing on a carpet in order to eat on the floor, protecting the carpet)

electric kettle

serving trays

small waste baskets

various furniture and carpets, mattresses – we will try to organize this, so please contact us if you have items you want to donate.

folding chairs

paper cutter

hanging lamps

standing floor lamps

extension cords

Tecnu (this is special soap to remove poison ivy oils: example > )

Thermoses (stainless steel)

Tools: if interested to offer these items, please contact the monastery for details

Misc. hand tools

Powered grounds-keeping equipment

umbrellas

inflatable camping mattresses (for example >)

AA batteries

plastic page sleeves

“free & clear” laundry detergent

heavy-duty zip-lock bags, gallon & quart sizes


Food Items:

cheese

fruit juice