Na Uyana Forest Monastery covers a total of more than 5000 acres, which can be divided into 4 main sections: (1) Pansiyagama Section, (2) Mountain Section, (3) Matale Section and (4) Andagala Section. The Pansiyagama Section is situated within an Ironwood forest, and contains the following structures: an uposatha hall (Sīmā Sālā), a meditation hall (Bhāvanā Sālā), a dininghall (Dāna Sālā) and alms food hall (Pinḍapāta Sālā), a library and offices, in addition to about 80 kuṭis (monks residences). The ′ Mountain Section is the newly developed area on the main hill of the monastery, which has about 80 kuṭis and includes a meditation hall and service hall (Upaṭṭhāna Sālā). This area is in the process of being reforested. The Matale Section has about 20 kuṭis and includes a meditation hall, a dining-hall and an alms food hall. It is situated among grassy hills on the eastern side of the monastery. The Andagala Section is a remote, densely forested area, situated in the north-eastern part of the monastery. Section Name Altitude Landscape Accommodation type 1 Pansiyagama Lower Monastery 200-350m Ironwood forest Cave and old concrete kuṭis 2 Mountain Middle Monastery 350-480m Acacia and teak forest Modern concrete kuṭis 3 Matale Upper Monastery 450-500m Savannah landscape Modern concrete kuṭis 4 Andangala Eel-rock area 200-400m Dense tropical forest Basic wood and leaf kuṭis
Special Information for Monks Robe Washing: Natural detergent and sinks for robe washing are available at the Pandu Sālā (Robe Dying Hall) and at the Upaṭṭhāna Sālā (Service Hall) every Sunday, beginning after breakfast. Head shaving: Every Sunday, monks are required to shave their heads and beards, and to trim their nails if necessary. Razors and soap are available from the store room. Disciplinary Inquiries (Vinaya) and Community (Saṅgha) issues: Disciplinary or Community issues may be addressed to Ven.Saṅghasobhana Thera, who is usually available after lunch in the library. Special Information for Lay Practitioners Etiquette around Monks: Please be mindful when relating to monks and other spiritual companions at the monastery. Paying careful attention to the way Sri Lankan laity behave towards the monks is perhaps the best way to learn the appropriate etiquette of lay-monastic relationships. Laypeople should never sit on the same seat or mat as a monk, or wear footwear in their company. Lay practitioners are also expected to help with simple duties for the maintainence of the monastery.
Please check the notice board in the upstairs area of the Sīmā Sālā which gives information about future events, e.g. the day of the Uposatha, when the doctor is coming, etc. 2 Food and Accommodation
Breakfast/Lunch (Dāna): Lower Monastery: Breakfast is served at 6:00am and lunch is served at approximately 9:35 am, both collected from the Pinḍapāta Sālā. After the wooden block has been sounded, monks should meet outside the Sīmā Sālā with both shoulders covered. A line is formed according to seniority (vassa) and the monks then proceed to the Pinḍapāta Sālā. Monks can eat their alms food either at the Dāna Sālā or back in their kuṭis. Mountain: Monks on the mountain retreat are served breakfast at 6.00am and lunch at 9.00am, both at the Mountain Upaṭṭhāna Sālā. Matale: At approximately 6.20am, monks from the Matale area meet at the small mud kuṭi near the Cetiya, where rice gruel is normally served. At 6:40am they line up according to seniority with both shoulders covered and proceed onwards to the Pinḍapāta Sālā. Monks can eat their alms food either at the Dāna Sālā or back in their kuṭis. Andangala: All monks staying in the Andagala area go to the surrounding villages for Pinḍapāta. Village Pinḍapāta (Alms Round): If you want to go to the village to collect alms food, please get permission from Ven. Ariyananda or Ven. Saṅghasobhana. Monks wishing to do Pinḍapāta in the Pansiyagama area must refer to the map in the Sīmā Sālā. Please write down the appropriate route number on the calendar below the map.
FOR LAY PRACTITIONERS
Lower Monastery: Breakfast is served at 6:00am and lunch is served at approximately 9:35 am, both collected from the Pinḍapāta Sālā. Laymen should meet outside the Sīmā Sālā after the wooden block has been sounded. Foreign Laymen should line up with the Sinhalese Laymen, behind the saffron-clothed Upāsakas. Laymen can eat their alms food either in the downstairs area of the Sīmā Sālā or back at their kuṭis. Please do not feed the monkeys or dogs any scraps of food.
Please take care of the kuṭi you are assigned. Please do not make any improvements or remove furniture without permission from Ven. Saṅghasobhana or Ven. Ariyananda. Between 7:00 am and 7:30 am residents should clean their kuṭis and sweep and clear the surrounding areas. Please be careful when using candle-lanterns and candles and don‘t leave valuables lying around in obvious places. If the lodging is left for more than a short while, doors and windows should be closed to prevent rain and windblown debris from entering. Please make sure you return the key when you leave.
Na Uyana provides an environment for intensive group meditation in the mountain retreat area, situated in and around the Bhāvanā Sālā and the Upaṭṭhāna Sālā on the mountain. Each retreat lasts 14-15 days and starts the morning after the Uposatha and finishes on the morning of the following Uposatha. If you are interested in joining, please see Ven. Ariyananda. Laymen are welcome to sit in the Bhāvanā Sālā with the monks on retreat; however, they must take their meals at the Lower Monastery.