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.

 

Dear robbers,

Please don't steal money from the donation boxes again. We entirely rely on the donation to run the whole monastery's Dhamma teaching activities. The monks try to save the donated money by doing all kinds of labour work by themselves. They always do thier shopping for the second hand materials at Op-shop, Salvation army, Vinnies and Lifeline. We don't want the police to put you in the jail, but we don't want you to rob us again. Thanks.

 

 

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 May 2017

Fri 5th - Sun 7th May 17

 

 

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

 

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Sun 14th  - Sat 20th  May 17 Vesak

 

 

Vesak Retreat: Find Independence within the Dependent Origination of Unhappiness

 

 

Babushka teaching: Peeling away the layers of misconception of permanent self.

Vipassana meditation on the different layers of attachment, and different levels of freedom and inner peace.

And Bojjangha, the Seven Factors of Enlightenment.

And Salayatana, the Six Sense Doors.

And the Six Different Temperaments

And the Forty Objects of Meditation

Please click here for more photos and read the feedback

 

Activities for June 2017

Fri 9th - Mon 12th Jun 17

 

 

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

Please click here to see photos and feedback

 

 

Activities forJuly 2017

1 - 2 July 2017

 

 

 

Unibodhi: Retreat for University of Sydney Buddhist Society.

 

 

Fri 7th  - Sun 9th Jul 17

 

Weekend Meditation Retreat: Awareness & Compassion

Thanks for all of our wisdom and compassion to make this meditation retreat beautiful. All 50  people braved thier meditation practice against the freezing cold temperature. Rejoice with you all.

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14 - 16 July 2017

 

 

 

 

Unibuds Winter Retreat

Dhamma talks and meditation retreat for University of NSW Buddhist Society.

 

 

Activities for August 2017

Fri 11th  - Sun 13th Aug 17

 

 

Weekend Meditation Retreat: The Seven Factors of Enlightenment

Enlightenment is very approachable and achievable if we learn how to cultivate the right qualities within us. We will learn to practise sitting & walking meditation and listening the Dhamma talk of these seven ingredients of 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 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.

 

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

 

 

Activities for September 2017

Fri 1st  - Sun 3rd Sept 17

 

Weekend Meditation Retreat: Shangri La

The perfect place of inner peace and happiness may not be too difficult to reach if we 'know' how to get there. Let's use the Dhamma GPS and mindful navigation to help us to get there.

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.

 

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

 

 

Fri 29th Sept- Mon 2nd Oct 17

 

 

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.

 

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

 

 

Activities for November 2017

Fri 3rd - Sun 5th Nov 17

 

 

Last Meditation Retreat for Beginners for the year 2017: Art of Beautiful Living

The Buddha's teachings discusses about three kinds of Dhamma beauty. First, beauty of good deeds brings happiness; second, beauty of relaxation brings calmness; and third, beauty of realization brings liberation. Add Dhamma beauty into our lives for the coming greeting season.

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.

 

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

 

 

Activities for December 2017

Tue 26th Dec 17 - 1st Jan 18

 

 

 

Boxing Day & New Year 2018 Retreat

Only our experience people to futher their Dhamma practise

 

 

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

July  Fri 7th – Sun 9th

August  Fri 11th –  Sun13th

September  Fri 1st  -  Sun 3rd

September Fri 29th – Oct  Mon 2nd  (Labour Day Long Weekend)

November  Fri 3rd –  Sun 5th  (Last retreat for beginners)

December Tue 26th – Jan  Mon 1st 2018 (Boxing Day & New Year for only our 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.

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.

 

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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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
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