Temple Forest Monastery
In July 2014, monks from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery took up residence on a property in the town of Temple, New Hampshire, which was subsequently purchased by supporters and now serves as a monastery in the tradition of Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho.
Winter Retreat Support Opportunity
The monastic community’s annual three-month Winter Retreat will take place from the beginning of January through the end of March. This will be a period of silent retreat for the monks, with no short term overnight guests as well as no Sunday meditation workshops between January 1 and April 1. These three months of the year have come to serve an important function in our Western branch monasteries, providing a time where the Sangha is able to put many activities down and have an extended period reserved for formal meditation practice.
To facilitate this, it would be helpful to have three or four laypeople stay at the monastery in order to support the monastic community’s retreat. Ideally these people will have stayed at the monastery before, and be able to stay for the full three months (or at least for one month). While serving to take care of the basic kitchen and building maintenance tasks (wood stacking, shoveling, cleaning, etc.), those serving to support the Winter Retreat would join in with group practice periods. There will also be much unstructured solitary time to use to further one’s practice. Therefore they should be experienced in staying in a silent retreat atmosphere, and comfortable with solitude. If you are interested in supporting the Sangha in this way by helping with meal preparation, shoveling, cleaning, etc. from January 1–April 1, do send us an email.