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 continues to support Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery, which moved to Placerville in 2014. We are now actively developing a rural training monastery for nuns in the forest of the Sierra Foothills, yet easily accessible for guests to visit.
We invite you to join us in offering the resources needed to develop our rural monastery and provide for the daily needs of the nuns of Aloka Vihara.
Please visit the Donate page to find out how you can contribute.
You are also invited to attend the teachings offered regularly by the nuns at the vihara and venues throughout the greater Bay Area and the Sierra Foothills. Please visit our Ongoing Events page, the Retreats and Daylongs page, as well as our Calendar.