Saranaloka Foundation

Early Days

Saranaloka Foundation is a nonprofit stewardship organization that was started in 2005 by a group of lay practitioners for the purpose of bringing Theravada Buddhist nuns of the Forest Tradition from Chithurst and Amaravati monasteries in England to the United States to teach, and to establish a training monastery for nuns in the United States.

By 2009, Saranaloka Foundation had opened Aloka Vihara in San Francisco, a monastic residence for a small group of nuns who had previously lived in England.


Saranaloka Foundation and it’s board members and advisors continue to support Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery, which moved to Placerville in 2014. We are currently undergoing changes around the rural property and residence locations of our monastics, yet the foundation continues to support the nuns in all manner as before, including the Four Requisites.

We invite you to join us in offering the resources needed to support the viharas and provide for the daily needs of the nuns of Aloka Vihara.

Please visit the Donate page to find out how you can contribute.