May I visit the monastery?
Yes, the nuns warmly welcome visitors. Please see the visit section of our website for more information.
What if I’m not Buddhist? Can I still visit the monastery?
Yes, absolutely. The monastery warmly welcomes everyone.
Can only women visit Aloka Vihara?
What is the etiquette in the monastery?
Please visit our etiquette page for more information.
Can I help with work at the monastery?
Please visit our volunteer page for more information.
How is Aloka Vihara supported?
When can I visit to attend a meditation session or listen to Dhamma teachings?
Please visit our calendar for more information.
When should I come to the monastery if I want to visit with the nuns or ask questions?
The best times for this are during Sunday evening tea with the nuns at 5:30pm or after the midday meal, Wednesday-Sunday. Please check our calendar for more information.
Is it okay if I bring children to the monastery?
Yes, children are welcome, although they might find Dhamma talks and meditation sessions boring! The best time to come with children is in time for the midday meal, Wednesday-Sunday, or for tea on Sunday evenings.
May I bring my dog, cat or other pet to the monastery?
Yes, it’s fine to bring a pet with you, but it cannot come indoors.
If I need to stay locally, are there accommodation options available?
Yes, please see our accommodations page for more information.
If I stay at the monastery overnight, do I have to keep the eight precepts?
Yes, all residents of the community observe a minimum of eight precepts. Please speak with the guestnun, if you have medical reasons preventing you from keeping the 6th precept.
Is there cell phone access at the vihara?
For some providers only, but you can use the vihara land line if needed.