No idea! The various LPs in England aren't near 75 though...
I am sure any Dana you give would be welcome, why not invite them to ask for something specific that they need?
I had some problems with this idea, having considered it:
1. I don''t know how to ask what they want.
2. I wouldn't understand their response and would likely offer soap where they needed toothpaste, or something.
3. I understand that non-food offerings involve a response/chant from the offeror after the monk has accepted the gift. Since I don't know what the chant is, and even if I did would probably mess it up, I figured a simple food offering would be ok.
a local maybe able to help better for the needs of the monks than anyone here!
This aspect had me most indecisive. In the end I offered pad thai with chicken to the two monks, with a cold can of iced coffee and a bottle of water each. A lay person turned up for dana too and I explained I'd not got anything for Luang Por as I wasn't sure what to get him or what he could/couldn't eat due to his medical condition. The lay person basically told me not to worry about it.
Spoke to LP last night (presumed they were Dhammayut as were wearing brown robes instead of Mahanikya fluro orange) and he knew of LP Sumedho et. al - he didn't know LP Sumedho had returned to Thailand.
Have a nice time you lucky lucky b******, what I wouldn't give for the romans....
wait, watching to much monty python
Ah classic comedy gold!
I'm in Phuket in April after a Sima consecration ceremony in Penang - I don't suppose you or anyone else knows what days Luang Por Supa (the 117-year old monk) opens his kuti? There I'll just offer flowers but the chance to even glimpse him will make me very happy!
There's also apparently a very good Wat in Koh Phangan which does retreats. So I may go there in May for a residential. Doubt there'll be any full moon partying types staying there!
Plus in Singapore I was able to sit in on two dhamma talks given by Saydaw U Pandita. I'd heard his recorded translated talks before and was fortunate enough to have a private meeting with last year, but seeing him in action - wow!