Sorry for inconvenience. We are restructuring our website. Please check retreat date from the above tab 'Meditation Retreats', and fill in the online application form, and send to us. Thank you very much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Like to visit the monastery?

 We open Tue - Fri 1 -4 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM - 4 PM. Closed on Monday.

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.

 

   

 

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.

 

 
Activities in July 2015

 

Fri 3rd - Sun 5th Jul 2015

Weekend Meditation Retreat: The Power of Love

 

Tue 7th - Thur 9th Jul 2015 Winter Retreat for students of Sydney University (Unibodhi) and MacQuarie University

Fri 10th - Sun 12th Jul 2015

Winter Retreat for students of University of NSW (UNIBUDS)

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 Jul 2015

 

Meditation Retreat for Thai -Australian Volunteer Youth Group

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

 

Fri 31st Jul 2015

.6.30 - 9 PM Phra Mana gives Dhamma talk to UNSW Buddhist society (Unibuds)

 


 

 

 

 


 

Activities for August 2015

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 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.

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-Start

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

http://www.buddhistlibrary.org.au/

Sat 15th Aug 2015

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

Tue 18th Aug 2015

Students and teachers from Chevalier College, Bowral come to study and practise Buddhism.

Fri 21st Aug 2015

Buddhist Library, Sydney: Caves to Canvas – The Development of Buddhist Art from Prehistoric Time Session 2

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

http://www.buddhistlibrary.org.au/

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 3 -Last one.

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

http://www.buddhistlibrary.org.au/

Sat 29th Aug 2015

 Phra Mana, monks and volunteers will attend BODHI NITE, the performance of students (UNIBUDS) 'Together We Bloom: Meaningful companions, meaningful journey' at UNSW, Sydney  6 -10 PM, Sir John Clancy Auditorium www.unibuds.unsw.edu.au

Activities for 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.

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

Thur 24th Sept 2015

Phra Mana gives a Dhamma talk to Sydney University students (Unibodhi).

Activities for October 2015

Fri 2nd -Mon 5th 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 for November 2015

Fri 27th - Sun 29th Nov 2015

The Last Meditation Retreat for Beginners: The Gift of Love and Peace

Activities for December 2015

Sat 26th Dec 2015 - Fri 1st Jan 2016

Boxing Day & New Year Retreat: AWAKENING TRANSFORMATIONS (only for experienced meditatiors)

Research Trip to India in Feb. 2007

With Phra Mana, Phra Mick, Phra Sirichai, Kim and Jim McSweeney.

Candle Making Ceremony Sun 19 Aug2012

Anumodhana and thank you to everyone who joined our candle making ceremony today. We raised $6,700 to renovate the lady meditation huts and build a new water tank.

Renovation of Ladies Meditation Huts

Anumodhana and thank you to everyone who help to renovate our lady meditation huts.

Unibuds Winter Retreat

29 June - 1 July 2012

Sunnataram Publications

Books and CDs of Buddhist Chanting and guided meditation. 2008 - 2012

Photos of the monastery

Photographs taken by Julian Wolkenstein, July 2012

Things We Need