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.

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For more enquiries, please contact us by email.

 

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To follow up our current activities, please visit Instagram @kimmcsweeney52  or   #sunnataramforestmonastery.

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

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

Please read 'Guideline for Visitors'.

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'

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.

Teaching Monks: Further Training in Australia

Sunnataram Forest Monastery now establishes a special training program: Teaching Monks: Further Training in Australia, to support international Buddhist monks who want to learn how to teach Buddhism in Australia and the West.

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

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.

Activities for October 2017

Fri 29th Sept- Mon 2nd Oct 17


 

 

Labour Day Long Weekend Meditation Retreat: Awakening in the garden

Dear Everyone,

I hope you have had a very peaceful journey home.

Here is the group photo from Awakening in the Garden Retreat.

Thank you all for trying so diligently to practice mindfulness and awareness.

Please let me know if you would like a copy of the chanting book.

Or if you need any further information about the teachings. We love your feedback J

With metta,

Kim

Please click here to see a brief summary and link to more photos

 

 

 

Sat 25th Oct 17

 

 

Buddhist youth group from Lankarama Buddhist temple visit the monastery for Dhamma talk and meditation.

 

 

 

Activities for November 2017

Fri 3rd - Sun 5th Nov 17

 

 

Weekend Meditation Retreat

Sorry the retreat is full. Please apply for 2018 retreat. Thank you.

 

Sun 12 Nov 17

 

 

10 am Phra Mana and Phra Sawat will participate in the Admission Ceremony of Venerable Ban Ruo Shi into Lin Yim Buddhist Institute, Rossmore. There will be no monks, no Dhamma talk on this Sunday. Sorry.

 

Activities for December 2017

Tue 26th Dec 17 - 1st Jan 18

 

 

 

Boxing Day & New Year 2018 Retreat

We accept only people who have done many meditation retreats in Sunnataram Forest Monastery only.  The purpose is to encourage these people to further their understanding and practise of the Dhamma in the same style which they all are familiar with. Their pariticipation is at the discretion of the teacher. Thank you.

Places are still available. Please send in the application form at least 7 days in advance.

 

 

Activities for Feb 2018

Fri 2nd  - Sun 4th Feb 18

 

 

 

The First Weekend Meditation Retreat of 2018: The Power of Metta (Unconditional Love)

 

Metta is the beginning of the path towards Liberation. Love always brings happiness to both recievers and givers. Learn to practise mindfulness, calmness and wisdom, so we can maintain our unconditional love towards oneself and others endlessly.

Before you book in for the retreat, please be sure that you can complete the whole retreat. Leaving the retreat earlier is considered to be unfair to many friends who can't come due to your booking and our volunteers who need to prepare the meals. Thank you.

 

Places are still available. Please send in the application form at least 7 days in advance.

 

 

Acitivities for March 2018

Fri 2nd - Sun 4th Mar 18

 

 

 

Weekend Meditation Retreat: Mindfulness & Well-being

In this digital age, everything changes very fast. To operate one's life without problems, one needs to be very mindful. In this weekend retreat, we will learn to develop stronger mindfulness and learn to apply different techniques of Buddhist meditation to solve different kinds of obstacles, and to remain active and peaceful.

Before booking for the retreat, please be sure that you can complete the whole retreat. Leaving the retreat earlier is considered to be unfair to many friends who can't come due to your booking and our volunteers who need to prepare the meals. Thank you.

Places are still available. Please send in the application form at least 7 days in advance.

Fri 30th Mar - Mon 2nd Apr 2018

 

 

 

Easter Longweekend Meditation Retreat: Liberté  (only for experienced people)

Spend this long weekend to further our Dhamma wisdom to gain more liberation. Like peeling an onion, experience how different inner qualities can delete different kinds of attachment, and be freed in each moment of realization.

 

Before booking for the retreat, please be sure that you can complete the whole retreat. Leaving the retreat earlier is considered to be unfair to many friends who can't come due to your booking and our volunteers who need to prepare the meals. Thank you.

Places are still available. Please send in the application form at least 7 days in advance.

Activities for April 2018

Fr i20th - Sun 22nd Apr 18

 

 

 

 

Weekend Meditation Retreat: Joy & Wisdom

'Joy in the beginning, Joy in the middle and Joy in the end'. The three moments of joy that will change our life to be like in the heaven. This weekend we will learn to develop mindfulness and wisdom to be free from unhappiness and gain more joy in life.

Before booking for the retreat, please be sure that you can complete the whole retreat. Leaving the retreat earlier is considered to be unfair to many friends who can't come due to your booking and our volunteers who need to prepare the meals. Thank you.

 

Places are still available. Please send in the application form at least 7 days in advance.

 

 

Activities for May 2018

Fri 4th  -Sun 6th May 18

 

 

 

Weekend Meditation Retreat: Like a drop of water on the lotus leaf.

 

 

Before booking for the retreat, please be sure that you can complete the whole retreat. Leaving the retreat earlier is considered to be unfair to many friends who can't come due to your booking and our volunteers who need to prepare the meals. Thank you.

Places are still available. Please send in the application form at least 7 days in advance.

Sun 20th - Sat 26th May 18

 

 

 

Vesak retreat: The Middle Way

We accept only people who have done many meditation retreats in Sunnataram Forest Monastery only. The purpose is to encourage these people to further their understanding and practise of the Dhamma in the same style which they all are familiar with. Their pariticipation is at the discretion of the teacher. Thank you.

 Before you book in for the retreat, please be sure that you can complete the whole retreat. Leaving the retreat earlier is considered to be disrespectul and unfair to many friends who can't come due to your booking and our volunteers who need to prepare the meals. Thank you.

 Places are still available. Please send in the application form at least 7 days in advance.

Activities for June 2018

Fri 8th - Mon11th Jun 18

 

 

 

Queen's Birthday Long Weekend Meditation Retreat: Happiness is here & now

 

Before you book in for the retreat, please be sure that you can complete the whole retreat. Leaving the retreat earlier is considered to be disrespectul and unfair to many friends who can't come due to your booking and our volunteers who need to prepare the meals. Thank you.

Places are still available. Please send in the application form at least 7 days in advance.

 

 

 

Activities for July 2018

Fri 20th   - Sun 22nd Jul 18

 

 

Weekend Meditation Retreat: Awareness & Compassion

Love brings happiness, but compassion helps to remove troulbes away from all of us. Let's learn how the combination of mindfulness and wisdom can help us to find peace and to promote compassion at the same time.

Before you book in for the retreat, please be sure that you can complete the whole retreat. Leaving the retreat earlier is considered to be disrespectul and unfair to many friends who can't come due to your booking and our volunteers who need to prepare the meals. Thank you.

Places are still available. Please send in the application form at least 7 days in advance.

 

 

 

 

Activities for August 2018

Fri 17th  - Sun 19th Aug 18

 

 

 

Weekend Meditation Retreat: The Seven Steps to Enlightenment

Enlightenment is practical and achievable when we learn to cultivate the right qualities within us. This weekend we will practise sitting & walking meditation and listening the Dhamma talk of these seven steps towards inner peace.

Before you book in for the retreat, please be sure that you can complete the whole retreat. Leaving the retreat earlier is considered to be unfair to many friends who can't come due to your booking and our volunteers who need to prepare the meals. Please email us asap if you have to cancel your booking.Thank you.

 

 

Fri 31st  Aug - Sun 2nd Sept 18

 

 

 

Weekend Meditation Retreat: Nirvana

Nirvana doesn't mean Inner Peace after death, but it is the blissful happiness which everyone can experience in the present life.  Let's use consolidate our Dhamma qualities and achieve the end of unhappiness in the present moment.

Before you book in for the retreat, please be sure that you can complete the whole retreat. Leaving the retreat earlier is considered to be unfair to many friends who can't come due to your booking and our volunteers who need to prepare the meals. Please email us asap if you have to cancel your booking.Thank you.

 

Activities for September 2018

Fri 29th - Mon 1st Sept 18

 

 

Labour Day Long Weekend Meditation Retreat: Awakening in the garden

 The Buddha was born in the garden, attained Enlightenment in the garden, taught in the garden and passed away in the garden. Let us enjoy the practise of sitting & walking meditation in the monastery gardens and experience how the calming power of nature enabled the Buddha to attain Inner Peace 2600 years ago.

Before you book in for the retreat, please be sure that you can complete the whole retreat. Leaving the retreat earlier is considered to be disrespectul and unfair to many friends who can't come due to your booking and our volunteers who need to prepare the meals. Please email us asap if you have to cancel your booking.Thank you.

 

Activities for October 2018

Fri 19th - Sun 21st Oct 18

 

 

 

Weekend Meditation Retreat: Heart Blossom

 

 

Activities for November 2018

Fri 2nd  - Sun 4th  Nov 18

 

 

Weekend Meditation Retreat:  Art of A Beautiful Living

 

 

 

Activities for December 2018

Fri 1st  - Sun 3rd Dec18

 

 

Last Meditation Retreat for Beginners for the year 2018: Born Pure Again

 

 

 

Retreat Dates

Meditation retreats 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.

 

2017

 

December Tue 26th – Jan  Mon 1st 2018 (Boxing Day & New Year for only people who have practised many retreats at this monastery.Their pariticipation is at the discretion of the teacher. )

2018

 

February  Fri 2nd – Sun 4th

 

March  Fri 2nd – Sun 4th

 

March Fri 30th Mar – Mon 2nd April  (Easter for only experienced people)

 

April  Fri 20th – Sun 22nd  

 

May  Fri 4th –  Sun 6th

 

May Sun 20th –  Sat 26th  (Vesak retreat for only experienced people)

 

June  Fri 8th - Mon 11th ( Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend)

 

July  Fri 20th – Sun 22th

 

August  Fri 17th –  Sun19th    

 

September  Fri 31st Aug  -  Sun 2nd Sept

 

September Fri 29th – Oct  Mon 1st   (Labour Day Long Weekend)

 

October Fri 19th – Sun 21st

 

November  Fri  2nd  –  Sun 4th  

 

December Fri 1st  – Sun 3rd (Last retreat for beginners)

 

December Wed 26th Dec 2018 – Jan  Tue 1st  Jan 2019 (Boxing Day & New Year for only experienced  people)

 

All enquiries email: [email protected] 

Thank you.

All retreats run by donation. We recommend a donation of $55 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.

Please send your donation to:

Sunnataram Forest Monastery

ANZ Bank

BSB: 012 547

Acc No: 2370-37944

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,  and bags of potting mix.

Office: Epson 82 printing ink: all colours

Research Books: Thanks and Anumodhana - Rejoice with Ong Wei Jin for your kind donation to purchase these books which will greatly help Phra Mana's research and lectures to many people. Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu

Building Materials: 

  • Decking timber, hard wood, any sizes & length.
  • Outdoor srew, nuts and bolts any size
  • Or just Bunning Gift Cards  or Home Hardware Gift cards and post to the monastery.

Thank you very much.

Or donation to

Sunnataram Forest Monastery

ANZ Bank

BSB: 012 547

Acc No: 2370-37944

 

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)

 

 

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