The public is welcome to participate in meditation from 3:00-3:30PM at the monks' residence (520 Lewis St.)
Starting about 10:30AM is a food offering to the monks. After the offering, which sometimes includes chanting and a short meditation, visitors are welcome to stay for lunch with the lay community.
Please see the 'Daily Alms Round' page for guidelines concerning offering food to the monks.
A variety of events and ceremonies are held at SFM during the course of every year. Please check the website, Facebook, and our blog for the latest information. Also, feel free to email us at email@example.com if you would like to be added to our email list.
Thai & Buddhist Etiquette
The public is invited to observe and/or participate in the services or programs at SFM, but there are a few customs that one should be aware of when attending:
- Please remove shoes before entering any monastery building.
- Do not point your feet at the Buddha images, monks or other people. In Thai culture, this is a sign of disrespect, as the feet are considered the "lowest" part of the body.
- It is important to note that a woman must never touch a monk. Instead of handing anything directly to a monk, use a male intermediary, or place the item on a table. If the monk is seated, place the item on a cushion or the floor in front of the monk.
- Do not touch, pose with or frolic about in front of Buddha images. Treat them with reverence and respect.
- Please wear appropriate clothing. Clothing that should not be worn includes shorts, low-cut dresses. or short skirts. Shirts are required.
- Do not lay down, sprawl, or lounge on the floor.
- Do not walk on the mats where the monks sit.
- Be courteous and considerate at all times.
- Sit silently during meditation.
- Make sure your cell phone is off during services.