Harnham Buddhist Monastery

Aruna Ratanagiri

Aruna Ratanagiri is a Buddhist Monastery in Northumberland. The Thinking Hand Studio is currently engaged in an expansion project which involves the creation of a new courtyard garden, covered walkways, glazed entrances, scullery and larder for the monastic community. The community lives in a 17th century Grade II listed building in Harnham, a site of historic interest and outstanding natural beauty.

“Space is always present. It makes it possible for us to be together, contained within a room, in a space that is limited by walls. Space is also outside the room; it contains the whole building, the whole world. So space is not bound by objects in any way; it is not bound by anything. If we wish, we can view space as limited in a room, but really, space is unlimited.”