Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I join a dana (meal offering) on a day that is booked?
2. How many monks/nuns/lay people will be there?
Newbury Meal Offering (Lunch Dana) Calendar
The numbers of monastics and devotees staying at NBM will be updated on this calendar regularly to assist you with meal preparation. Please check the number of people staying at the monastery (in the calendar below) before you do food shopping. Should there by any last-minute changes in the number of people at the monastery, we will ring to notify you.
Busy = Someone is already booked to bring lunch (you are still welcome to attend and bring Dana if you wish)
S = Monastics / Sangha
LG = Lay guest
3. Are there dietary requirements?
4. Can I cook at the monastery?
Yes. Kitchen and cooking facilities are available at NBM and you are welcome to utilise the kitchen for cooking meals for the Sangha and residents. Please make a note with your original booking if you are planning to cook onsite.
Cooking meat in the monastery kitchen is not allowed. However, if you bring a dish containing meat, you can reheat it onsite.
5. How to Reschedule a Booking
Our online system allows you to conveniently reschedule a booking yourself. If you originally made your booking online, you can use the reschedule link which was sent with the confirmation email (up to 48 hrs before time of original booking).
If your booking was originally made in phone or in person, or there it is less than 48 hrs before the planned booking, you must contact the monastery to update your booking.
If you have booked a lunch offering, the monastic/s will be relying on you to provide the main meal for the day, therefore, it is important that if you cannot make the offering as booked, please contact the monastery as soon as possible so that alternative arrangements can be made.