WELCOME to the peaceful and friendly atmosphere of a Thai forest Buddhist monastery in the Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia. This is a place where you can learn and apply Buddhist teachings to add inner peace in your daily life.


We offer many Dhamma programs and activities for all levels of interest, from serious meditators to students or just curious visitors.

 

Monks and volunteers have created teaching tools to simplify the complicated Buddhist teachings into modern day language. Plants in the monastery gardens are carefully chosen to link with Buddhist history and add more peaceful and pleasant feelings to both meditators and visitors.  

 

We constantly carry out in depth research of Buddhist history, by visiting many archaeological sites and museums, and by meeting with experts in many universities around the world. The knowledge that we have acquired from this research helps us to extract the spiritual values of Buddhist teachings from the veil of cultural practises.

 

Our monthly meditation retreats are highly attended by people from all over Australia. We combine the beautiful rural location, archaeological history of Buddhism, ancient artefacts, stone carvings, visual arts, Buddhist chanting, and yummy Thai vegetarian food, with many outdoor activities i.e. Tai Chi Qi Gong, walking & sitting meditation in the gardens. Many people attend up to 6 retreats per year.

 

Monks from Sunnataram Forest Monastery have been regularly invited to talk on various topics of Buddhism and teach meditation in many universities, local and Sydney schools, and other countries. The monastery is a favourite place for local school excursions.

 

Sunday is a very suitable time when individuals, couples or the entire family can enjoy the beautiful view and art work around the monastery. Visitors are welcome to participate in our programs without changing their religion!! Parents and young children can experience offering vegetarian food to monks, listening to Buddhist blessings, short sitting meditation, Dhamma talk, and can feel free to ask questions to the monks. Every Sunday 11am-2pm.

Please read more from the above tabs.

 

 


For more enquiries, please contact us by email.


THAI NEWS LETTER

If you can't open this box, please don't be worried. Because the writing is in Thai. 


ข่าวสุญญตา ฉบับที่ 2 ปีที่ 1 จันทร์ 20 เม.ย. 2558

ข่าวความเป็นไป และกิจกรรมของวัดป่าสุญญตาราม ภาษาไทย 

Every Tuesday

 

6  - 8 PM  Buddhist Chanting, Guided Meditation & Dhamma talk by the monks.  All are welcome.

Every weekend

Open Day for all visitors (good for the entire family) between 11 AM - 4 PM. 

Please read 'Guideline for Visitors'.

 


Buddhism for HSC Students


 

After experiencing teaching Buddhism in many high schools, we have decided to include a section in our website to help those students studying Buddhism in HSC. Read more in 'Dhamma Teachings/Buddhism for Students'

The Principal Teachings of Buddhism

Buddhist teaching is always beneficial and practical for everyone even in this digital age. Once we practise Dhamma righteously, we can achieve inner peace without being involved in religious rituals and supernatural stories.  Read more in 'Dhamma Teachings/ The Principal Teachings of Buddhism Part I, II and III by Ven. Ajahn Buddhadasa, Suan Mokh, Thailand.


Renovation of the Train: Finished.


Renovation of the Train 2014-2015 

 

Thai Missionary Monks: Further Training in Australia

Sunnataram Forest Monastery now establishes a special training program: Thai Missionary Monks: Further Training in Australia, to support Thai Buddhist Missionary monks.

We welcome any non-Thai monk who would like to undertake this program to experience teaching Dhamma and helping Dhamma work in Australian culture for 3 months. Please email us.

Thank you & Sadhu


 

 We would like to thanks to all friends who kindly donate Bunning Gift cards and other gift cards to the monks. We have been using them to purchase many building materials to maintain the monastery and to support our Dhamma teaching programs. May all happiness and wisdom be with all of us. Sadhu

 

U3A SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS, BOWRAL

BUDDHISM IN THE PRESENT DAY

Buddhism is a philosophy that has found a growing following in the Western world. In this term, Phra Mana will give 5 weeks lectures of meditation, Buddhist teachings, and information gained during his latest research trip to museums of Paris and London, and will demonstrate how the ancient wisdom of the Buddha can bring happiness in the present day.

Commencing date: 15th July 15. Finish date: 9th Sept 15. Hours: 9:30 - 11:00am

Need to build a new meditation hall.

The Karuna Cloister: the Shrine of Compassion started in 2007 with the concrete slab and timber poles in place.  Due to the increase in Dhamma teaching activities, the monks decided to pause the construction of both Karuna and Metta cloisters until the need arised. Now it's the time. Please see more detail in Project / Building Karuna Cloister for meditation 2015. and Lists of generous donors.

 

 


Fri 3rd - Mon 6th Apr 2015


Easter Long Weekend Retreat:  LIKE A DROP OF WATER ON A LOTUS LEAF

 

Please see more photos, slide presentation and summary of teaching in Gallery / photo /2015 /Easter retreat


 Wed 8th April 2015


 Dhamma Workshop: Dhamma talk and Meditation for students of University of New South Wales (UNIBUDS) at Sunnataram Forest Monastery, Bundanoon.

 

 

 

 

Mon 20th Apr 2015


Phra Mana gave a guided meditation and talk on 'Mindfulness & Resilence' to Yr 7 -11 students assembly of Oxley College, Bowral.

Sat 25th & Sun 26th Apr 2015


The 8th Assistant Dhamma Teacher Training Program for our Thai volunteers.

Rejoice with all volunteers' great effort to practise walking meditation amidst hail storm on Sat 25th Apr. We all had a good time learning samadhi and vipassana meditation even though it was freezing cold and wet. 

Tue 28th Apr 2015


11 Am Phra Mana teaches Buddhism to students at the Abbotsleigh Girl School, Wahronga, Sydney.

Activities for May 2015


Sun 3rd May 2015


A nice visit of Ven. Buddharakkhita to SFM. Ven. Buddharakkhita is an extremely humble and inspring Uganda monk who bravely works very hard to spread Dhamma in Africa. His gratitude to Thailand, his mother and supporters is one of his inner strength. His Dhamma talk enlightens the mind of all audiences. Sadhu Rejoice.

Sun 10th May 2015

Tribute to Graeme Lyall

An Australian Bodhisatva &

Father of Australian Buddhism


 

Ven. Phra Mana and Luang Po Sawat participated in the funeral service for Graeme Lyall AM in Sydney.

 

 

Sat 16th -  Sat 23rd May 2015



Special Vesak Retreat: Enlightenment & Liberation

The 7 day Vesak retreat is the most serious and hard work meditation of each year. 


 

Tue 19th May 2015



 

10 AM: 48 students of Year 12 from Chevalier college, Bowral visit the monastery for Dhamma talk and meditation.



 

 

Activities for June 2015


Sorry, restructuring the website is in progress. As soon as the problem fixed, we will update more info. Thanks.


Every Sunday

11 am Lunch offering to monks and lunch for all.

12:30 - 2 pm Short Dhamma talk and guided meditation


Wed 3rd Jun 2015

Phra Mana gives Buddhist lessons to Yr 12 students of Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga.

Fri 5th - Mon 8th Jun 2015

 


Long Weekend Retreat: Happiness Here & Now

Dear Everyone,

Phra Mana, LuongPo Sawat, and all volunteers rejoice with your wonderful and diligent participation in the June retreat. 

Thank you for your efforts and your help to make the monastery such a beautiful place.

We would love to hear your feedback

We hope you will remember the mechanism to find inner peace here and now.

Please nurture your good practice of mindfulness in:

Step 1 mindfulness in body scan technique

Step 2 mindful breathing. Consider to use loving kindness meditation to bring the mind back to the present moment.

Then proceed to Step 3.Observe and see.

Please don’t forget to acknowledge the end, impermanent, no ownership, drop of attachment, freedom.

Another friendly reminder, relaxed feeling is just a bus stop, and the Buddha is in that nice cake.

Sorry, we have a temporary problem with updating the website. As soon as the problem fixed, we will put all photos of the retreat in.

With metta,

Kim

 

 

Sat 20 June 2015

 

Phra Mana gives Dhamma talk in the Combined Vesak Celebration at the Buddhist Library on 'Significant of legends and stories' and panel discussion with other two venerable nuns from 9 am -2:30 pm. Please see more detail at www.buddhistlibrary.org.au/event

 

 

Sat 27 & Sun 28 June 2015

 

9th Assistant Dhamma teacher Training Program for our Thai volunteer retreat

Activities in July 2015


Fri 3rd - Sun 5th Jul 2015

Weekend Meditation Retreat: The Power of Love

Learn how to use the combination of Mindful breathing and Powerful Loving-kindness to achieve inner peace. Places are available. Please email your application form at least 7 days in advance.

Please be aware that you must finish the whole retreat so that you can get maximum benefit. Leaving the retreat early is considered to be unfair to both our volunteers' preparation and other people who are not able to join the retreat because the bed is occupied by your booking.

Sun 5th Jul 2015

11 AM  Vegetarian Food offering to monks and lunch for all.

1 – 2 PM Retreat summary Dhamma talk & short meditation for all visitors.

 

Tue 7th – Thur 9th Jul 2015


 

Meditation Retreat for University of Sydney Buddhist Society (Unibodhi). The theme is Virtual Reality (VR) Dhamma.


Fri 10th - Sun 12th Jul 2015

Winter Retreat for students of University of NSW (UNIBUDS). The theme is Impermanence.

Wed 15th Jul 2015

U3A Southern Highlands: Buddhism in the present day

9.30 - 11.00 am Phra Mana starts to teach meditation and Dhamma talk with slide presentation to U3A members for 5 sessions.

Sat 18th - Sun 19th Jul 2015


Meditation Retreat for Thai -Australian Volunteer Youth Group

Sun 26th Jul 2015

11 AM  Vegetarian Food offering to monks and lunch for all.

12:30 – 2 PM Dhamma talk & short meditation for all visitors.

Wed 29th Jul 2015

U3A Southern Highlands: Buddhism in the present day.

9.30 - 11.00 am Phra Mana teaches meditation and Dhamma talk with slide presentation to U3A members.

Activities in August 2015


Sun 1st Aug 2015

11 AM  Vegetarian Food offering to monks and lunch for all.

12:30 – 2 PM Dhamma talk & short meditation for all visitors.

Fri 7th - Sun 9th Aug 2015

 

 

Weekend Meditation Retreat: Digital Mindfulness

Experience how the bio-spiritual technology of breathing meditation can help people to find inner peace and balance, in the digital age (without silicon microchip). Places are available. Please email your application form at least 7 days in advance.

Please be aware that you must finish the whole retreat so that you can get maximum benefit. Leaving the retreat early is considered to be unfair to both our volunteers' preparation and other people who are not able to join the retreat because the bed is occupied by your booking.

Wed 12th Aug 2015

U3A Southern Highlands: Buddhism in the present day.

9.30 - 11.00 am Phra Mana teaches meditation and Dhamma talk with slide presentation to U3A members

 

Fri 14th Aug 2015

 

 

Buddhist Library, Sydney: Caves to Canvas – The Development of Buddhist Art from Prehistoric Time Session 1

Phra Mana teaches meditation and Dhamma talk with slide presentation in Buddhist library, Sydney for 3 sessions.

 

Sat 15th Aug 2015


Phra Mana gives a Dhamma talk at the MacBodhi night, Macquarie university, Sydney.

Fri 21st Aug 2015 

 

Buddhist Library, Sydney: Caves to Canvas – The Development of Buddhist Art from Prehistoric Time Session Two

Phra Mana teaches meditation and Dhamma talk with slide presentation in Buddhist library, Sydney.

Wed 26th  Aug 2015 

 

 

U3A Southern Highlands: Buddhism in the present day.

9.30 - 11.00 am Phra Mana teaches meditation and Dhamma talk with slide presentation to U3A members

Fri 28th Aug 2015 

 

Buddhist Library, Sydney: Caves to Canvas – The Development of Buddhist Art from Prehistoric Time Session Three (last session)

Phra Mana teaches meditation and Dhamma talk with slide presentation in Buddhist library, Sydney. 

   

Activities in September 2015


Fri 4th - Sun 6th Sept 2015

Weekend Meditation Retreat: Heart Blossom

The accumulation of merit and wisdom will help us to accomplish our dreams for good health and happiness. Learn to develop mindfulness, calmness and Vipassana meditation in this early spring weekend.

Places are available. Please email your application form at least 7 days in advance.

Please be aware that you must finish the whole retreat so that you can get maximum benefit. Leaving the retreat early is considered to be unfair to both our volunteers' preparation and other people who are not able to join the retreat because the bed is occupied by your booking.

Wed 9th Sept 2015

U3A Southern Highlands: Buddhism in the present day (last class)

9.30 - 11.00 am Phra Mana teaches meditation and Dhamma talk with slide presentation to U3A members

Activities in October 2015

 


Fri 2nd - Mon5th Oct 2015

Long Weekend Retreat: Garden of Enlightenment.

Enjoy the practise of sitting & walking meditation in the monastery gardens and experience how the calming power of nature enabled the Buddha to attain Enligtehment 2600 years ago.

Places are available. 

The retreat will start on Fri 2nd at 6:30 pm, and will finish on Mon 5th at 2 pm.

Please be aware that you must finish the whole retreat so that you can get maximum benefit. Leaving the retreat early is considered to be unfair to both our volunteers' preparation and other people who are not able to join the retreat because the bed is occupied by your booking.

Please email your application form at least 7 days in advance. Thank you.

 

   

Activities in November 2015


Fri 27th - Sun 29th Nov 2015


The Last Meditation Retreat Of The Year 2015 For Beginners: The Gift Of Love and Peace

Please be aware that you must finish the whole retreat so that you can get maximum benefit. Leaving the retreat early is considered to be unfair to both our volunteers' preparation and other people who are not able to join the retreat because the bed is occupied by your booking.

   

Activities in December 2015

 

Sat 26th Dec 2015 - Fri 1st Jan 2016


Boxing Day & New Year Retreat: Awakening Transformation (only for experienced meditators)

Please be aware that you must finish the whole retreat so that you can get maximum benefit. Leaving the retreat early is considered to be unfair to both our volunteers' preparation and other people who are not able to join the retreat because the bed is occupied by your booking.

   

About Us

Sunnataram Forest Monastery is a Theravada Buddhist monastery in the Thai Forest Tradition.

Meditation Retreats

The Buddhist teachings in the retreat will include Pali chanting, breathing technique (Anapanasati), Loving-kindness (Metta), ...

Guideline for Visitors

Visitors are welcome to the monastery between 1- 4 pm Mon-Fri, and 11 am - 4 pm on weekends...

Meditation retreats for the year 2015 start from 6pm on the first day, and finish at 2pm on the last day (except long weekend). Please apply online at least 7 days in advance, and see Meditation Retreat Rules and Guidelines for more information.

Retreat Dates 2015 

Jul 3rd - 5th

Aug 7th - 9th

Sept 4th - 6th 

Oct 2nd - 5th  (Long weekend labour day. Arrival time on Fri 2nd at 6:30 pm. The retreat will finish on Mon 5th Oct at 2 pm.)

Nov 27th - 29th

Dec 26th -1st Jan 2016 (Boxing day & New Year Retreat)

 

All enquiries email: [email protected] 

Thank you.

All retreats run by donation. We recommend a donation of $50 per night to cover monastery expenses.  The monastery makes no profit from your kind donation. If you wish to donate more, your generosity is greatly appreciated, and will ensure the retreat programs continue to help many more people.

Things We Need

We are grateful for your kind support to the monks, but in the past 25 years the monks have received too many unnecessary things, and they have a ‘big’ problem to store them. We feel responsible for your good Kamma and the waste of your money. For example, many kinds of food expire before the monks can eat, too many towels, toothpaste, soaps and monk’s robes are eaten by mice etc.

While other necessary things that the monks use more often, but not included in the ‘traditional monk gifts’, are not known by supporters. 

Since 2008, monks of the Sunnataram Forest Monastery, realizing people’s need for peacefulness of mind, focus their mind and dedicate their energy on teaching Dhamma and conducting monthly and special meditation retreats, for both youth and adults. The result is wonderful, inspiring  and brings much rejoicing. There is so much positive feedback that will gladden your heart, so please read the feedback and messages from our website.

To continue these worthy activities, we need many other necessary items which can be used either for the Dhamma study program or to maintain the monastery.

To support fulfilment of your wishes, to value your kind gifts to the monks, and to help other people learn Buddhism we would humbly like to suggest the following items:

 

Gardens:  the following plants- Waratahs, Rhododendrons, Pieris Temple Bells, Hellebores, Euphorbia. Chicken Wire, Garden Stakes, and bags of potting mix.

Office: Epson 82 printing ink: all colours

Building Materials: 

Mineral turpentine oil

Clear silicone for glass and windows

Decking timber, hard wood, any sizes & length.

Or just Bunning Gift Cards  or Home Hardware Gift cards and post to the monastery.


Thank you very much.

Things not to bring to the monastery

-Bags of rice , bags of sugar, dry noodles (we have too much and hard to store them and rat & mouse problems)

-Bath towels, toothpaste, tooth brush, soap, monk's robe, socks, shoes and medicine (we have no store room and they always expire)

สิ่งของที่ไม่แนะนำไปถวายที่วัด

- ข้าวสารถุง, น้ำตาลถุง, เส้นหมี่แห้ง(เพราะมีมากจนไม่มีที่จะเก็บ มีปัญหาเรื่องหนูตามมา)

- ผ้าเช็ดตัว, ยาสีฟัน, แปรงสีฟัน, สบู่, จีวรพระ, ถุงเท้า, รองเท้า, ยารักษาโรคชนิดต่างๆ (ไม่มีที่จะเก็บ และหมดอายุเร็ว)

สิ่งของที่ทางวัดต้องการ

กรุณาดูจากรายการข้างบน สาธุ ขออนุโมทนา

ข้อแนะนำก่อนไปวัด

- สุภาพสตรี กรุณานุ่งห่มผ้าให้เรียบร้อย ยาวปิดข้อศอกและยาวปิดหัวเข่า ห้ามนุ่งกระโปรงหรือกางเกงขาสั้นจนเปิดถึงต้นขา ห้ามใส่เสื้อรัดตัว หรือคอกว้างลึก หรือ เปิดแผ่นหลัง

- ประตูวัดเปิดบ่าย 1 โมง และปิดบ่าย 4 โมง ระหว่างวันอังคาร -วันศุกร์   หากจะถวายเพล เวลา 11 โมงเช้า ระหว่างวันอังคารถึงศุกร์ กรุณาช่วยโทร หรือ อีเมล์แจ้งก่อนล่วงหน้า เพราะบางวัน พระต้องไปสอนธรรมนอกวัด

- ปิดวัดทุกวันจันทร์ เพราะพระต้องเข้ากรรมฐานปฏิบัติธรรมตัวเอง

- เสาร์อาทิตย์เปิดตั้งแต่ 11 โมงเช้า ถึงบ่าย 4 โมง

- ขออภัยในความไม่สะดวก และขออนุโมทนาในบุญกุศลเมตตาของทุกท่าน

 



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