Theravada Bhikkhunis of the Forest Tradition in the West

~ Together Supporting Awakening  ~

Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery is located in the Sierra Foothills of California and
offers a place where women can train as nuns and lay visitors
can practice and serve.

Upcoming Events with the Nuns

Join us for online events and visit the vihara:

May 14: Canmore Theravada Buddhist Community, AB ~ Ayya Santacitta
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May 14-16:
Afternoon visit to the vihara
May 15:
Almsround on Farmers’ Market, Placerville
May 16:
San Francisco Dharma Collective ~ Ayya Santacitta
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May 16:
Berkeley Buddhist Monastery ~ Ayya Santacitta
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May 21:
Aloka-Dharma-Zoom auf Deutsch/in German ~ Ayya Santacitta
Register here
May 28-30:
Afternoon visit to the vihara
May 29:
Almsround on Farmers’ Market, Placerville
May 29-31: BGR Benefit on the Four Brahmaviharas ~ Bhikkhu Bodhi & Ayya Dhammadipa & Rev Jin Chuan
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June 2: Sierra Insight Sangha, Placerville
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June 4-11: Cloud Mountain Residential Retreat ~ Ayya Santacitta & Ayya Santussika
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June 5: Insight Pioneer Valley ~ Ayya Anandabodhi
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June 12: Saturday Evening with the Aloka Vihara Nuns ~ Ayya Anandabodhi
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June 13: STBC Online Half-Daylong ~ Ayya Santacitta
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June 18-20: CTBC Online Retreat ~ Ayya Santacitta
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See more upcoming retreats & daylongs here »


During the pandemic the vihara is open for afternoon visits and meal offerings.

We are beginning to open to overnight visitors, for more info write to <guestnun@gmail.com>.

ALOKA VIHARA NEWS

DHAMMA TALKS AND CHANTS

Listen to our Dhamma talks: audio & video & chanting

CURRENT MONASTERY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Learn more about our efforts to improve Aloka Vihara’s facilities ~ how you can support!

EQUITY & INCLUSION

Undoing Racism
Bhikkhu Analayo: Confronting Racism with Mindfulness
Gender Identity

ECO DHAMMA

We are the Earth’s Immune System Rising
Living with Wildfires
International Petition: Stop Ecocide

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