Gardening Together

With blessings from the Abbot and support rendered by AVA, Horticultural Technology Dept, farming was recently introduced to the monastery. The community vegetable garden consists of two sections: a roofed & netted greenhouse which provides a controlled environment for vegetables farming and a galvanized structure constructed for the growing of 4 types of gourds (bitter gourd, wax/winter gourd, bottle gourd, and angelica gourd).


“As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the colour and fragrance of the flower; so do the wise move through the world.”

Dhammapada, Flowers, verse 49

“If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

“The entire cosmos is a cooperative. The sun, the moon, and the stars live together as a cooperative. The same is true for humans and animals, trees, and the Earth. When we realize that the world is a mutual, interdependent, cooperative enterprise — then we can build a noble environment. If our lives are not based on this truth, then we shall perish.”

– Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

“The world grows smaller and smaller, more and more interdependent… today more than ever before life must be characterised by a sense of Universal Responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.”

– Dalai Lama XIV