Going back to normal: the end of COVID restrictions

Adicco BhikkhuNews

We are pleased to announce that we have decided to end almost all COVID restrictions and go back to normal. This means, amongst other things, that, starting on Saturday 9 April, day visitors will be welcome again in the sala to partake of the daily meal, and that on weekdays the daily anumodana will take place there, rather than in the Temple. As in the past, the anumodana will be held in the Temple on Saturdays and Sundays.

Important: Please note however that for now, the kitchen remains off limits to visitors during the morning’s cooking hours, but you are very welcome to bring offerings of cooked food into the sala. It is likely that there will be a kitchen assistant around to help so do not hesitate to ask for assistance.

You will also still be able to drive through the back gate and leave offerings in the open shed behind the kitchen. This will be the set-up until things change again in early May, when we plan to start using the Retreat Centre kitchen for all monastery cooking.

Other activities and public events

In line with this reopening of Amaravati, our weekly Saturday meditation workshops, which start at 2pm in the Temple, will re-open to the public to attend in person from next Saturday, the 16th of April. We will no longer be live-streaming these workshops.

Retreats for 2022 are still set to take place online, as we will need to use some of the retreat centre’s facilities – such as the kitchen – since our large building project, which includes the demolition of the sala, is about to start.

Upcoming festivals

We are also happy to announce that we will be hosting a public Songkran on the 17th of April, and Vesak on the 15th of May.

For more information, please email coronaviruscommittee[at]amaravati.org. We also endeavour to keep our events calendar as up-to-date as possible, so this is the space to watch for upcoming public events.

We look forward to seeing you at the monastery,
The resident community at Amaravati