WELCOME to the peaceful and friendly atmosphere of a Thai forest Buddhist monastery in the Southern Highlands. 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 local and Sydney schools. 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.

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' below.


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.

 Special !


Family Weekend Dhamma Workshop

Coming soon during school holidays.

Commencing: 10 am Sat 26th - 2 pm Sun 27th April 2014

By invitation only. For more information please contact: [email protected]



โอกาสพิเศษ สำหรับคุณพ่อคุณแม่และลูกๆ จะได้ไปศึกษาปฏิบัติธรรม ค้างคืนที่่วัด เพื่อสร้างความสุขต่อทุกคนในครอบครัว ในช่วงโรงเรียนปิดเทอม 

    Activities for Mar 2014


Sat 1st - Sun 2nd Mar 2014

The 2nd Special Training Programm for Assistant Dhamma Teacher


Fri 7th -Sun 9th Mar 2014

Weekend Meditation Retreat: Colourful Detachment & Yummy chocolate !

Thanks to all 36 retreat participants for your powerful willingness to learn the Dhamma and practise meditation. Thanks and rejoice with all volunteers who helped to make the retreat so successful. We discussed the relationship between breath, feelings and thoughts. We learned how to refine the breath and create pleasant & relaxed feelings. We learned to use positive feelings of loving-kindness and happiness to calm down the mind. Eventually we learned to find inner peace and start to let go of attachment to yummy chocolate ! Please see more photos in Gallery / 2014 / 7 - 9 Mar 14 Weekend Retreat.


Fri 28th Mar 2014

7 PM Ven. Phra Mana gives a Dhamma talk & short guided meditation for UNIBUDS, University of NSW.

Sat 29th - Sun 30th Mar 2014

The 3rd Special Training Program for Assistant Dhamma Teacher

This is a special retreat by invitation only for our Thai volunteer group to learn to teach the Dhamma and support Ven. Phra Mana in meditation retreats. Our participants are studying how to explain various meditation techniques, walking meditation, guided meditation, Buddhist Art & History, etc.


Acitivities for Apr 2014


Fri 18th -Mon 21st Apr 2014

Easter Long Weekend Retreat: Break the Eggshell and 'Shangri-La'.

Over 2600 years ago, the Buddha claimed himself to be the first chick that broke out from the eggshell of Samsara. He then advised others ‘how to release’ themselves from the circle of unsatisfactoriness (Dukkha).

This long weekend retreat will be ideal for us to have more time to deepen our understanding of Buddhist wisdom, and advance in our meditation.  We will discuss and practice more on the Mindful Breathing technique that can enhance both concentration and Vipassana meditation. And we shall be free from the eggshell of emotional pain, refresh our positive attitudes, and enjoy a peaceful and happy lifestyle: 'Shangri-La.'

Sorry, the retreat is full. Please apply for the next retreats. Thank you.

Sun 20th Apr 2014

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

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

Wed 23rd Apr 2014

University of NSW Buddhist Society (UNIBUDS) Dhamma Workshop at the monastery

 Sat 26th -Sun 27th Apr 2014

The 2nd Family Weekend Dhamma Workshop

Parents and children will spend a weekend learning Buddhist teachings related to love, gratitude, respect and inner happiness. We will learn to practise mindful walking and sitting meditation in the beautiful atmosphere of the monastery. By invitation only. 


Sun 27th Apr 2014

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

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

Activities for May 2014

Sat 17th  -Sat 24th May 14

Special Vesak Retreat: The Nano-Nirvana.

To commemorate the very special celebration of the Buddha's Enlightenment Day (Vesak), Sunnataram Forest Monastery will conduct a most serious meditation retreat of the year. There will be neither theoretical nor philosophical discussion on the Dhamma, but we will practise intensively the very core Buddhist teachings of Nirvana / Nibbana of the modern day. Participants will empower mindfulness and explore the very heart of the Buddha' s rediscovery of the twelve links of Dependent Origination while walking on the Noble Eightfold Path and realizing the Four Noble Truth. Since it will be very hard work, this retreat is designed only for very experienced people who have deep understanding of Buddhist teachings. Places are still available. Please send application form at least 7 days in advance.  


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 2014 start from 6pm on the first day, and finish at 2pm on the last day. Please apply online at least 7 days in advance, and see Meditation Retreat Rules and Guidelines for more information.

Retreat Dates 2014

Feb. 7th—9th  

Mar  7th—9th  

Apr 18th—21st  (Easter Retreat)

May 17th—24th  (Vesak– The Buddha's Enlightenment Day-only experienced people)

Jun  6th—9th (Long Weekend & Queen’s Birthday)

Jul   4th—6th

Aug 8th  -10th

Sept 12th—14th  

Oct  3rd — 6th  (Long Weekend & Labour Day)

Nov 7th—  9th

Dec  26th –Jan1st 2015 ( Boxing Day & New Year- only experienced people )

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

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: 

1. Mineral Turpentine 4 Litres X 5 bottles

2. Multipurpose Thinner 4 Litres X 5 bottles

3. Marine Grade Clear Timber Varnish, Gloss or Satin, Exterior, Bondall

4. Leaf Beater Rain Head to prevent leaves and debris entering water tank, fits 90 mm round downpipes X 16 pieces

5. Gutter Protection, Screwless,  Aluminium Gutter Guard 1200 mm long, 1 pack contains 5 pieces, X 20 packs, GumLeaf

6. Glass Silicone Sealant, Clear, X 5 tubes, Gelleys

7. High Pressure Cleaner, 1600 Psi,  5.5 L/min, 14010 watt, K 2300, K’A’RCHER

8. Screw, Countersink Rib Head, Exterior Use, 8-10 X 30 mm / 40 mm/ 50 mm, QTY 500 per box, Buildex

9. Screw, Hex Head with Seal, Timber Type 17, Exterior Use, 12-11 X 60 mm, QTY 100 per box, Buildex

10. Linseed Oil

11. All sizes of paint brush

12. Multi-Purpose Hook, Powder Coated Steel, any sizes.

13. Decking timber, hard wood, any sizes & length.

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)


-ข้าวสารถุง น้ำตาลถุง เส้นหมี่แห้ง (เพราะมีมากจนไม่มีที่จะเก๊บ มีปัญหาเรื่องหนูตามมา)

-ผ้าเช็ดตัว ยาสีฟัน แปรงสีฟัน สบู่ จีวรพระ ถุงเท้า รองเท้า ยารักษาโรคชนิดต่าง ๆ (ไม่มีที่จะเก๊บ และหมดอายุเร็ว)


กรุณาดูจากรายการข้างบน สาธู ขออนุโมทนา


-สุภาพสตรี กรุณานุุ่งห่มผ้าให้เรียบร้อย 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

-เสาร์อาทิตย์เปิดตั้งแต้่ 11 โมงเช้า ถึงบ่าย 4 โมง

-เหตุที่ต้องมีเวลาเปิดปิดวัด เพราะบ้านตรงข้ามถูกโจรขโมยของหมดบ้าน และเคยมีคนบ้า คนเมา เข้ามาในเขตวัดยามค่ำคืนบ่อย จึงต้องป้องกันอันตรายต่อพระสงฆ์และผู้มาปฏิบัติธรรม

-ขออภัยในความไม่สะดวก และขออนุโมทนาในบุญกุศลเมตตาของทุกท่าน