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.

 

Like to visit the monastery?

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

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.

New Year 2016 Meditation Retreat

Sat 26th Dec 2015 - Fri 1st Jan 2016

Boxing Day & New Year Retreat: AWAKENING TRANSFORMATIONS

This special retreat is only for people who have done some meditation retreats in this monastery before. It is a great opportunity for experienced people to continue their serious practise in the nurturing environment of the monastery. In this seven days retreat, people will be able to enrich their Dhamma wisdom by deepening their realization of the Twelve links of Dependent Origination. Vipassana meditation will be the major theme of this retreat. 

Please see photo in Gallery / 2015 / Boxing day & New Year Retreat 2015-2016 or click here

 

 

 

Activities in January 2016

Sat 9 Jan 2016

Ven. Shi Yan Jing and the Shaolin Temple Communit visited Sunnataram Forest Monastery

Sat 23rd Jan 2016

9.30 am - 3 pm Monks, nuns and people from LingYen temple (50 people) visit the monastery for Dhamma talk and meditation.

Activities in February 2016

Fri 19th - 21st Feb 2016

 

THE POWER OF LOVE

Weekend Meditation Retreat

Loving-kindness is the unconditional love which helps to make ourselves and others to be happy. The pure love springs out from the purity of heart like a crystal clear fountain on the hard rock. People will learn how to practise calmness and Vipassana meditation to produce the peaceful love and be happy.

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

 

Activities for March 2016

Fri 4th  - Sun 6th  Mar 2016

 

MINDFULNESS

Weekend Meditation Retreat

In this digital age, everything changes so 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. 

 

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

 

Before you fill in the form to make a reservation, please make sure that you can complete the whole retreat, from the beginning to the end. Leaving the retreat earlier, without urgent matters, is considered to be impolite to the monastery and other retreat participants. Thank you. 

 

Wed 9th Mar 2016

 

50 people from the University of the Thrid Age (U3A), Southern Highlands visit the monastery, listen Dhamma talk and practise a short meditation.

Thur 24th - Mon 28th Mar 2016

 

 

Like a drop of water on the lotus leaf 

Easter Long Weekend Retreat for only experienced meditators who have been in our previous retreats. 

Another special oppurtunity for our friends, who have participated one of our previous retreats, to strengthen their Dhamma practise. The long weekend will give us more time to develop stronger mindfulness, concentration of the mind and wisdom, and learn how to live in this world without unsatisfactoriness.

 

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

Before you fill in the form to make a reservation, please make sure that you can complete the whole retreat, from the beginning to the end. Leaving the retreat earlier, without urgent matters, is considered to be impolite to the monastery and other retreat participants. Thank you. 

 

Activities for April 2016

Fri 8th, 15th and 29th Apr 2016

 

Decoding early Buddhist Art and Symbols Course

In this 3 weeks course, we will have an opportunity to explore arts, paintings and sculptures from Ajanta Caves and Sanchi Stupa (the earliest known Buddhist arts), both are now World Heritage sights. Phra Mana will discuss in depth our spiritual expression in Buddhist context.

The classes will include 10 -15 mins guided meditation, Phra Mana’s research trips to Ajanta Caves and Sanchi Stupa, discussions with archaeologists, art historians and other specialists, slide presentation and video clips. Participants will  have the opportunity to view and discuss some authentic artefacts from the Sunnataram Forest Monastery collection.

 Three Friday evenings in April, 7pm-9pm

 Session 1: 8th April

Session 2: 15th April

Session 3: 29th April

 All Sessions by Dana (Donation).

 Buddhist Library 90 - 92 Church St, Camperdown, Sydney, N.S.W. 2050  (02) 9519 6054

 For more information, please contact Susian http://www.buddhistlibrary.org.au/?page=events-detail&event_pid=15227

Fri 22nd - Mon 25th Apr 2016

 

Liberté

 

Anzac Long Weekend Meditation Retreat

 

 

 

 

Activities for May 2016

Sun 22nd - Sat 28th May 2016

 

 

ENLIGHTENMENT HERE & NOW

Vesak Special Retreat for only experienced meditators who have been in our previous retreats.

 

Sun 15th May 2016

 

 

Combined Vesak Celebration with International Buddhists in Sydney

Activities for June 2016

Fri 10th - Mon 13th Jun 2016

 

BLISSFUL NIRVANA

Queen's Birthday Long Weekend Meditation Retreat

10th - 20th Mar 2016

 

Phra Mana will participate in the Biannual Thai monks meeting in New Zealand.

Retreat Dates

 

2016 

Fri 19th – Sun 21st February

Fri 4th - Sun 6th March

Thur 24th – Mon 28th March : Easter Long Weekend Retreat for only experienced meditators who have been in our previous retreats.

Fri 22nd – Mon 25th April : Anzac Long Weekend Retreat

Sun 22nd - Sat 28th May: Vesak Special Retreat for only experienced meditators who have been in our previous retreats.

Fri 10th – Mon 13th June: Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend Retreat

Fri 15th  - Sun 17th July

Fri 19th – Sun 21st August

Fri 9th – Sun 11th September

Fri 30th Sept – Mon 3rd October : Labour Day Long Weekend Retreat

Fri 11th – Sun 13th November: Last Weekend Retreat for Beginners

Mon 26th Dec 2016– Sun 1st January 2017: Boxing Day & New Year Retreat for only experienced meditators who have been in our previous retreats.

 

 

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, and bags of potting mix.

Office: Epson 82 printing ink: all colours

Building Materials: 

Decking timber (natural) oil, outdoor srew, nuts and bolts any size

Decking timber, hard wood, any sizes & length.

Or just Bunning Gift Cards, and post it to the monastery.