Offering Meal

To make a booking for a meal offering, please follow one of the procedures below:
Phone Booking

Ring NBM at 03 5424 1812 between 8.30 - 10.30 am.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I join a dana (meal offering) on a day that is booked?

YES. If you would like to make an offering for a meal on a day that has already been booked, please feel free to come along and join in with a lunch offering.

2. How many monks/nuns/lay people will be there?

To see how many monks, nuns and eight precept lay guests will be at Newbury on a given date, please refer to the numbers on the dana calendar below.

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.

Legend:

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?

Although vegetarian meals are encouraged, the monastics accept whatever food is offered.

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 If you originally made your booking online, you can use the reschedule link which was sent with the confirmation email (up to 48 hrs before time of original booking).

If your booking was originally made in phone or in person, or there it is less than 48 hrs before the planned booking, you must contact the monastery to update your booking.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.

6. How to Cancel a Booking

If you originally made your booking online, you can cancel the booking yourself using the cancellation link which was sent with the confirmation email (up to 48 hrs before time of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 on 03 5424 1812 to cancel your booking.