Offering meals at Santi

Daily food dana for the Sangha (Nuns)

Anyone who wishes to bring the traditional offering of food for the Sangha may do so  before the 10:45am meal. Please check this calendar to see what days are available. Let us know in advance of the day you have chosen, either by telephone or by filling in the Dana form, which is below the calendar on the bottom of this page. If you telephone us a few days before you come, we can let you know how many nuns and lay people are currently at Santi.

We make every effort to schedule dana for each family who wishes to have the meritorious joy of giving to the Sangha. Please be aware however that sometimes people turn up spontaneously with food offerings, and all are welcome to do so. This is the heart of sharing blessings and food together, in a harmonious and joyful way.

Dana Bookings with visiting senior Sangha

In regards to Dana Bookings, we appreciate being advised of your intention to book a date to bring dana – however please be advised that everyday dana is open to ALL especially in regard to any visiting senior Sangha, such as Ajahn Brahmali or Ajahn Brahm, when many people often wish to come and contribute.

At times we have consecutive danas booked at Santi, so after lunch you may be asked to take any remaining food  home with you to make use of, to avoid any unnecessary wastage where possible.

We appreciate your understanding in this matter.



Calendar Legend:
 Booked= Someone is already booked to bring lunch (you are still welcome to attend and bring Dana if you wish but please book)
S = Number of Monastics/Sangha 
LG = Number of Lay guest

At present our community consists of 2 Bhikkhunis. We also have some long-term lay residents who assist us with running the monastery and with much needed maintenance projects. Ongoing short-term guests also assist us in day to day running of the monastery. Thank you for your support of Santi. May it benefit all sentient beings!

Dana Delivery

If you can’t bring dana yourself, you can call local businesses that will take your order and deliver to Santi. Some of these places are:

  • Jack Style Thai, Bowral: (02) 4862 1905
  • Bowral Thai: (02) 4861 2437
  • Bundanoon Pizza & Pasta: (02) 4883 7733

Santi’s address is 100 Coalmines Road, Bundanoon. When speaking to the owners of the restaurants, please specify Santi’s street address; don’t just say “the Buddhist monastery”, as there are three monasteries in the area. Thank you.

Dana Form

Fill in dana form if you plan on bringing or sending food on a particular day. If you have ordered food from a local business type its name under “Where are you coming from”.

We thank you deeply for your generosity!

Santi and the environment

As a forest monastery bordering Morton National Park we strive to minimise our impact on our environment. We support Bundanoon in its “bottled water – free” town campaign – so PLEASE, do not offer bottled water to the monastery. We also refrain from using disposable items such as: plates, cups and cutlery, tea light candles and other materials that harm the environment. At Santi we have an environmentally friendly greywater system, which cannot handle harsh chemical detergents, so please offer only ‘greywater safe’ laundry detergents. We appreciate your support in our effort to keep a green monastery.

The Spirit of Dana

Please note that in order to keep alive the spirit of reliance on alms food, we do not spend money donated to the monastery on food.

Acts of generosity lead to joy. Joy leads to peace, Peace leads to insight, Insight leads to Liberation.

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

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  1. Dear Santi Monestry,
    We paid a visit today and really enjoyed the calm and quiet environment there. We are Sri Lankan Buddhists and this is the 1st time we have been to Santi Monestry. We believe that there are many Sri Lankans residing in NSW would love to help (donate) and pay a visit to Santi monestry. Pl. let us know how we can help this good cause in future. We would love to pay a visit again in near future specially to meditate and discuss dhamma.

    Pl. let us know that you still need this book (Women in Early Indian Buddhism: Comparative Textual Studies (South Asia Research) ) where we can make arrangements to deliver it to there asap.

    May triple gem bless you
    with metta

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