Frequently Asked Questions

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?

No. Aloka Vihara is a monastic residence for women, but we welcome everyone, regardless of gender identity to visit the vihara and take part in daily monastic life.

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?

Aloka Vihara is supported entirely by donations offered to the Saranaloka Foundation, which is the stewardship organization for Aloka Vihara. Please see our financial data page for more information.

When can I visit to attend a meditation session or listen to Dhamma teachings?

Please visit 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.

May I bring my dog, cat or other pet to the monastery?

Sorry, we do not allow pets indoors. Because of wild animals it is dangerous to leave them outside, so please keep your pets at home.

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. Exceptions for the 6th precept can be made for medical reasons.

Is there cell phone access at the vihara?

For some providers only, but you can use the vihara land line if needed.