The Upavana project has already begun nurturing Buddhist practice in Western Mass and abroad. In addition to online offerings, several monastics are now in the area, with a center of activity in the town of Wendell but frequent visits to other towns nearby.
One of the best ways to support the Sangha or meet them personally is to make a meal offering (details on this page). On days without an arranged meal, you may see them walking almsround in traditional style through your town center. This means they carry their almsbowl through the town, receiving offerings of food that will become their daily meal. If they are in your area, you can also invite them to stop by your place on their rounds.
Buddhist monastics and those practicing on Eight Precepts eat only during the morning – from dawn to midday. Having nourished their body, they can direct the rest of the day towards practice.
One of the time-honored ways of supporting others’ practice is the offering of the day’s meal. This joyous act nourishes giver and receiver alike. This can be done three ways:
Inviting them to your place
Sponsoring a meal provided by another. This could also involve placing an order with a nearby shop or giving a gift card.
Any amount can be offered, and any time between 7AM and 12PM works. You can specify in advance what you would like to offer, if you intend to give a full day’s meal or breakfast/lunch, and for how many people. The offering is an expression of your support and care for others, make it your own!
Until there is a center, monastics are traveling throughout the Pioneer Valley and will be in different areas at different times. These will be listed on the calendar when known.
To offer the meal, pick an open date from the calendar above and fill out the form below. Then, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following info:
What Date and Time you would like to offer
What method (of the three above). Please specify where you would like to meet, or what you would like to offer if sponsoring a meal.
How best to get in contact and clarify/make further arrangements
May you be well and happy!