You can visit ārāma Karunā Sevena solely for the purpose of getting to know and practicing Buddha’s teaching, developing your meditation practice and spiritual growth. Last but not least, there is the opportunity to meet and talk to bhikkhunī Visuddhi and obtain a direct mediation of the Buddha’s teaching through a representative and a member of the Saṅgha.
Every single meeting with bhikkhunī Visuddhi must be announced and planned ahead. It is not possible to visit ārāma unannounced.
• You need to arrange a meeting with bhikkhunī Visuddhi in daylight.
It is not possible to pay a visit after dark.
• If you attend any activities offered by Karuṇā Sevena you need to be on time,
we will pay no regard to late arrivals. This goes for Meditation seclusion in particular.
• Lay people visit ārāma and bhikkhunī Visuddhi in order to discuss
Dhamma-related issues and to get support in their practice only.
• Questions and discussion should be related to Dhamma only.
You are advised to avoid inappropriate and unwholesome speech like vulgar
and harsh speech, gossiping, chitchatting, joking, sarcastic speech, worldly
affairs and politics etc.
• We never enter bhikkhunī’s room as in the rest of the space reserved for the Saṅgha, only when there is a given permission to do so.
• We always let bhikkhunī go first. If she is walking across the room we do not stand in the way but rather make place so that she could pass by. If the bhikkhunī asks us to leave the room we politely comply. If we are having a conversation with the bhikkhunī we should not stand directly in front of her or stand higher than she does, and we should keep our distance.
Only females can stay overnight in the ārāma Karuṇā Sevena according to the vinaya rules for bhikkhunīs.
• We offer the accommodation in the ārāma preferentially to committee members
of KS and to bhikkhunīs who occasionally spend their seclusion here.
• Both short-term and long-term stay is possible by prior arrangement. You need
to inform us on the arrival and departure dates; the plan that has been agreed on
cannot be changed freely without discussing it with members of the Trust Society
Karuṇā Sevena and bhikkhunī Visuddhi first.
• For men and other lay practitioners we offer the accommodation in Viveka
(the adjacent house) that is the property of the Trust Society Karuṇā Sevena.
What ārāma Karuṇā Sevena is not
• a public meditation center offering various activities and retreats
• a place for vacation and healing
• a place of socialization leading to idle talk, gossiping and false speech
• a place for exercising yoga, kung-fu, etc.
• a place for practicing rites and rituals based on a blind faith
• a place for reciting mantras
• a place to escape responsibility and duties of everyday life
• asylum, a crisis center, does not serve therapeutic purpose
Sharing common area
Community life presents a huge opportunity for lay practitioners. Nowadays people tend to forget what makes man truly human and what good manners and decent behaviour are. And so the phrases like “hello,” “thank you,” “have
a nice day” and listening closely to others are considered somehow obsolete. There is only a few people who take responsibility for their actions. Recklessness, irresponsibility, shallowness and consumerism are coming to the fore. We lack qualities like forgiveness, compassion, patience and modesty, although they are
potentially present in each of us.
We give little care to the cultivation of interpersonal relations and cultivation of humbleness. This gives rise to hatred and racism. Qualities of the heart like generosity, love and kindness, and cultivating noble relationships are the key to living a happy life with yourself and others.
Taking into account that there is a limited space in the ārāma and that bhikkhunī Visuddhi shares the space with you,
it is essential to be perceptive and considerate about this. Be mindful of your body and speech so that it does not cause disturbance to others, and reversely do not let yourself be distracted by others’ unskilful conduct.
• Every item in the monastery has its place, it is not allowed to put the items away according to your own will or wishes. Thus, pay attention to where you take things from and put them away where they belong, so that other people have no difficulty finding them. Our own habits can cause an unwanted chaos and confusion.
• Mind that there is a shoe rack for lay people in the hallway and a separate one for monastics. Put your shoes away to the shoe rack reserved for lay people. Considering that it is the first thing the newcomers see when entering the ārāma it is important to keep the shoe rack tidy and the shoes aligned.
• As for the groceries – you need to ask what place you should put them to. Otherwise some of the food could be past the expiration date and the food situation could be messy.
• The lay practitioners either bring their own food or the food is bought collectively by prior arrangement with senior members of Karuṇā Sevena. The lay practitioners never leave their own food behind in the monastery when they go home!
• Do not store your personal belongings in the monastery, after your stay is over take your stuff with you. Do not leave your cups, towels or bedlinen behind with the prospect you can use them when you visit the monastery again.
• It is necessary to keep the monastery clean and tidy, do not leave your belongings lying around. Due to limited spaces it is good to be restrained and have regard for the privacy of other fellow practitioners.
• Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly forbidden. It is not allowed to either lit candles or incense in the ārāma due to higher risk of fire damage to wooden structures.
The contact to support projects and activities of the Association Karuṇā Sevena: 6855804001/5500, IBAN: CZ6755000000006855804001, SWIFT: RZBCCZPP - The funds are used to cover the basic monastic needs of the Venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi, such as - robe, food, medicine and abode (this also covers transportation, accommodation, air tickets, etc.). Distribution of books, construction of the meditation room, the furnishing of the monastery KS, insurance, utility bills, etc. Tax deductible in the Czech Republic. Please state the reason for the donation with the following note" For the Association KS."
The contact for the project Suriya Lamai: 6855679001/5500, IBAN: CZ4955000000006855679001, SWIFT: RZBCCZPP
- The intention of the project Suriya Lamai “The Children of the Sun” is to enable children from poor families to develop and educate themselves and to provide them with basic needs. The donation is tax deductible in the Czech Republic.
Neither of the above is a public collection, and therefore we ask all donors to add their contact information to their gift, so that we can issue a donation agreement contract or a donation receipt. We thank to all the donors.
Link to the Paypal for foreign donors: