Sponsoring a dana meal
As explained on our website, it is possible to offer a ‘sponsored dana meal’ to the sangha. The meal will be purchased with funds you donate, usually cooked by residents at the monastery, and offered on the day of your choosing. Anyone who is interested, please fill in the form below and our kitchen team will get back to you.
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Your full name
Your telephone number
Desired date for the offering
Please note that our kitchen team requests that, if at all possible, 10 days notice be given to organize your sponsored dana. In some cases a shorter period might be possible. If necessary we will get back to you for clarification (for example, if the date is already booked by another sponsor.) Also, currently it is possible to book a sponsored dana only for Tuesdays and Fridays (although you are of course welcome to submit this form at any time.)
Do you wish to sponsor a full meal or contribute towards a part of one?
Our kitchen team estimates that a substantial full meal can be provided for between £50-£70. You are also welcome to offer whatever amount you wish and contribute towards a part of a meal.
A full meal
Part of a meal
Your dedication is usually read out by one of the monks just before the meal. (Please note that dedications are not always read out in full and may be abbreviated.)
Method for making your donation
You can find details about making an online donation at
. On that page, under "I wish to make a donation towards:", please make sure to select "Sponsored Dana". For other payment methods, you can find relevant information at
. You can also contact our office administrator Anthony who can advise you at
Online donation (credit/debit card)
Any part of your donation that is not spent on the meal that is cooked will be used for food for the larder or helpful items for the kitchen.
(Note that the cooks might exercise their discretion in regards which food is actually cooked on the day and which is stored.)
I understand and agree
It is usual for all monks, nuns, samaneras, anagarikas and lay supporters who are in the monastery at the time of the meal to share in what is offered. (There are variations in what food is offered and who receives what.)
I understand and it accords with my wishes
For further clarification of any of the above, feel free to call us on 01661 881 612 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If your donation is eligible for Gift Aid, the Gift Aid amount that we can reclaim on your donation will also be used for breakfast or for general kitchen expenses. If you wish your donation to be Gift Aided then please tick the Gift Aid box on the online donation page, or if you are sending a cheque, then please include a dated and signed "Gift Aid declaration" in your envelope (you can find a print-ready template at
- you are also welcome to handwrite it.)
How should we use your data?
The information you gave in this form will only be securely stored and used by the Harnham Buddhist Monastery Trust. Please let us know how you'd like us to use your data (we are legally obliged to ask you this question.)
For purposes related to my sponsored dana only
For purposes related to my sponsored dana and to the monastery in general (e.g. sending you updates, passing information, sending you seasonal greetings, etc.)
A Little Bit About Puñña
Whilst it is the practice and the tradition that monks recite an anumodana when they receive offerings, it
is important that this not be construed as a requirement for puñña (merit) to be accrued. The puñña that
is accrued as a result of wholesome intentional efforts made by way of body and mind, does not depend
on the recitation of the anumodana. And the dedication made by the donor is a matter of how the donor
views their offering i.e. it is not necessary for the monks to make an announcement of the dedication.
Having said that we do intend to continue reading out the dedication and reciting the anumodana.
Partly this matter concerns how we understand the Buddha’s teachings. It is also a matter of how the
HMRC defines something as a ‘service’. It should not be understood that the sangha is providing a
service in response to what has been given. The offerings should be seen not as any sort of payment, but
as free-will gifts. The recitation of the anumodana is the sangha announcing that it bears witness to the
wholesomeness that has been generated.
(Abbot Aruna Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery)
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