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How to Support Sangha

At the moment, the best ways to support Upavana’s growing mission to build Buddhist practice community is:

  • Help feed the Monastics!  Check the next section on this page for more info.
  • Help find a home:  Upavana has a few places available for monastics to stay, but no permanent home.  If you know of land, property, or space that may be suitable in the Pioneer Valley, please contact us at info@upavana.org
  • Shelter Fund:  Financial support to Upavana will help cover heating and housing costs through the winter.
  • Amazon Wish List:  these are items that could be useful to the Sangha at this time.

Our current mailing address is:

Upavana

PO Box 152

Wendell, MA   01379

May you be well and happy!

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.

Almsround and Meal Offers

One of the best ways to support the Sangha or meet them personally is to make a meal offering.  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.  Anything helps!  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.  They do not store food for the next day.

Another time-honored way 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

  • Meeting them

  • 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.

To offer the meal, decide a date and send an email to dana@upavana.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

Food Offerings