Staying at Dhamma Gavesi Meditation
First-time visits are generally limited to one week.
don't make a reservation unless you can make a firm
commitment to follow through. Please read the following
Guest Information before booking.
to cancel a reservation may mean that someone else is
book a visit, please fill in the visitor's form and
can't be made over the phone.
Dhamma Gavesi Meditation
Dhamma Gavesi Meditation Centre is a Buddhist monastery
affiliated to the Sri Lankan forest monastic tradition of
Theravada Buddhism. The ordained Sangha (community of monks)
lives dependent on alms offered by devotees. The monastic
community relies on Dana (Alms), the offering of funds and
services of generous supporters.
Guests are expected to participate both in the routine of
the monastery and the structure of the community. Monastic
life is based on a shared commitment to harmony and
well-being, the etiquette of this monastic tradition and,
most specifically, the Eight Precepts and mindful practice.
The Eight Precepts
Harmlessness: not intentionally taking the life of
any living creature.
Trustworthiness: not taking anything that is not
Celibacy: refraining from any kind of sexual
Right Speech: avoiding false, abusive or malicious
Sobriety: not taking any intoxicating drink or drugs.
Renunciation: not eating after midday.
Restraint: not seeking entertainment, playing radios
and music, and dressing modestly.
Alertness: refraining from luxurious things, to
practice simplicity and overindulgence in sleep.
As a guest you are part of the resident community. Our
actions effect each other and, as a visitor, asking first
can save a lot of confusion, for example, if you need to
leave the monastery or engage in external business. To help
make the monastery a haven of quiet, solitude and
renunciation, phone and internet are not available.
The Daily Routine
5:15 am - Morning Puja, chanting and meditation.
6:30 am - Chore period. Breakfast preparation, cleaning,
7:00 am - Breakfast.
7:40 am - Clean the kitchen and prepare for work.
8:00 pm - Work period begins. Please ask if you are not
sure what to do.
11:00 am - The meal, eaten in silence, is the last meal of
1:00 pm - Period for personal practice.
5:00 pm - Tea time
6.30 pm - Evening Puja, chanting and meditation
(This routine may change on special meditation days)
Lunar Observance Days are a time for meditation and study
with optional morning meditation and no scheduled work.
Every Monday and Friday, a group meditation is held at 7.00
to 8.30 pm.
Chores & Work
The monastery is largely maintained by the voluntary help of
resident monastics, lay stewards and our guests. So your
help is an essential part of community life. Morning chores
are generally allocated after morning meditation. General
work is organised at 8:00am. If you are not sure about this
then please ask how you might help.
As a general note, keeping the monastery clean is a
priority. You can give attention to public areas by washing,
dusting, sweeping, attending to lawns and pathway clearance, etc. Attending to shrines, refreshing
flowers and candles, and wiping surfaces, is always helpful.
Window cleaning is always useful.
If you are not assisting in the kitchen
please do not linger there. Meals are taken as a community
in the spirit of gratitude for what has been offered. Please
wait for meal times rather than helping yourself. Do help
with the clean up after both breakfast and lunch.
If unwell or having difficulty please inform one of the
Please keep your accommodation quiet, clean and tidy. Do not
use candles or incense as these are a serious fire risk.
Smoking and consumption of alcohol is not permitted in the
You are welcome to use the library. Please be aware not to
disturb monks in their rooms. For ladies it is appropriate
to go to the library with a steward and only when
monks are in the building, and with their permission.
You can borrow books and use them at your private places and
The monastery is a place for inner cultivation. While social
interaction is normal it creates busyness in your mind and a
disturbance for others. Please maintain Noble Silence
between evening and morning puja.
Visitors are asked to dress modestly and wear long sleeved,
loose fitting garments that are not alluring. Please dress
in a way that reflects and respects the austere monastic
Please be aware that monks have rules about contact with lay
people that they strictly observe.
Tea and coffee are available only at meal times and evening
tea. The pantry and refrigerators are to be used only if you
are helping with meal preparation.
Do not leave personal items in shared areas; bathrooms,
Security can be an issue so don't leave
items of value unattended.
Take care of your own laundry. The
washing machine is communal so please consider others. Wash
small amounts by hand.
Please consider the suggestions and guidance given by
long-term lay residents. If you are not sure you can ask one
of the monks.
Food, accommodation and teachings at Dhamma Gavesi monastery
are offered free of charge. The practice of 'Dana'
(generosity, giving) is a key element of Buddhist practice.
The spirit of this extends to how we offer our time. Helping
with work and supporting group activities in general is a
gift. The offering of kind, beautiful, and gentle speech is a
Any donation, material or monetary, is
a great help toward the ongoing running of the monastery.
When you leave:
Thoroughly clean the room removing all rubbish etc.
Be sure you take all your personal belongings.
Stand the meditation mattress on edge and fold any bedding
on the bed.
Turn off the heating and any lights.
Lock the door and return the key to the guest monk.
We welcome your visit, and hope you enjoy your stay!
Please leave this sheet in the room.
Happy is the birth of Enlightened Ones,
Happy is the teaching of the sublime Dhamma,
Happy is the unity of the monastic monks,
Happy is the discipline of the united ones.
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