What to bring
Please remember to dress modestly when visiting the vihara.
We suggest that all vihara visitors who wish to spend time outside bring:
- mosquito repellent
- walking shoes
- pants and long sleeves
- warm clothing in wintertime, lighter clothing in summertime
Overnight guests should also bring:
- a flashlight
- an alarm clock
- work clothes
Please visit our monastic etiquette page for helpful guidance on spending time with monastics.
Going for walks
Aloka Vihara is situated on 17 beautiful acres and you are very welcome to go for walks during your visit. Because we are in the country, please keep the following in mind if you do:
There is a lot of poison oak on the vihara property so be sure to wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when walking outdoors and avoid contact with poison oak plants.
Some deer ticks in the Sierra Foothills carry Lyme disease so please be mindful when walking outdoors. It’s best to dress in light-colored clothing, wear long sleeves, socks and closed-toe shoes. You may also want to use bug repellent.
When you return from your walk, do a tick check. Ticks can be tiny, so be sure to look closely! It’s also a good idea to shower after all outdoor activities are over for the day.
There are also snakes around the vihara, some of which are poisonous, so please be careful and give any snakes that you see a wide berth! When walking on the roads near the vihara, stay away from the grassy edges, as snakes have been seen there.
Mountain lions and bears
These powerful animals live in the forests of California, please be aware of the possibility to meeting them, especially at dusk and dawn.