A monastery has been established so as to support monks in their monastic practices and life style, and also to give an opportunity to all who would like to practice the Buddhist path.
The monks (Bhikkhus) practice formal meditation and Pujas (devotional practices) as part of their daily routine, these periods will be open to all who wish to participate.
The times of the meditation periods are from five until six in the morning and then about fifteen minutes chanting, the evening meditation puja starts at seven thirty and lasts until eight thirty.
People are more than welcome to arrive at six thirty either to talk to the monks or just sit quietly in the meditation room.
The resident monks in Lisbon are: Ajahn Vajiro (senior monk – English), Tan Subaddho (English) and Tan Kancano (Portuguese).
Please remember that this is a mendicant tradition so the monks depend on the community of lay people for their daily nourishment, the daily meal takes place between 10.30am and 11.00am and whoever wishes to contribute with food can so do it. It would be preferable to call the monastery the day before or sooner, to best organise the event.
The opportunities for participating in the monastery / Vihara are as follows:
5:00 – 6:00 – Morning meditation
10:30 – 11:00h – Meal offering/Dana
18:30 – 19:30 – open space for question and answers
19:30 – 20:30 – Evening meditation
21:00 – retiring time: the monastery closes the daily activities
Should anybody need to talk with us at any other time during the day do not hesitate to give us a call then we can arrange a convenient time. Every Saturday around 5 p.m. a bhikkhu (monk) will be available for a time of informal meeting.
Although this space is a now reality, it is however temporary since we hope sometime in the future to find a more rural area, where we can build a monastery so all can make use of a more natural and open environment.
The Portuguese Sangha
Budismo Theravada da Floresta
Quinta do Pinhal, EN 116
Pinhal de Frades