Updated 26 Oct 2016

Special Chanting & Dedication of Merits for the late King Bhumipol of Thailand

Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, 6 - 9 PM, Mon 17 Oct 2016

A Historical Moment.

About 70 Buddhist monks and nuns of all Buddhist traidtions, Hindu priests, a Chirstian representative and 10,000+ people participated the special memorial service for the late King of Thailand.

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BBC Soul of a Nation: The Royal Family of Thailand 1979

ชาวไทยในซิดนีย์ร่วมพิธีแสดงความอาลัยในหลวงร.9.... อ่านต่อได้ที่ : http://www.posttoday.com/world/news/460768

In remembrance of His Majesty, King Bhumibol, Sheffield Wednesday Thailand vdo clip, Oct 2016

History Channel Documentary 2013: King Bhumibol of Thailand: The People's King

An Everlasting Light - International artists record in honor of H.M. King Bhumipol of Thailand Oct 20, 2016






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.




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

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.

Thur 24th - Mon 28th Mar 2016



Easter Long Weekend Retreat

Sadhu - Rejoice with all retreat participants who sincerely practised meditation and studied the Dhamma in this delightful long weekend.  We all made a very good progress in our mindfulness and Vipassna wisdom. Thanks to all volunteers who worked very hard to prepare meals and accommodation for all of us.

Please see photos in Gallery / 2016 / Easter Retreat 


Fri 22nd - Mon 25th Apr 2016




Anzac Long Weekend Meditation Retreat

 Sorry for late updating. Please click here to see feedbacks and photos.

Activities for May 2016

Sun 15 May 2016

Combined Vesak Burwood Park



Sun 22nd - Sat 28th May 2016




Rejoice with all 8 friends ( Noble Eightfold path team) for your hard work in practising meditation even though the weather was so cold and strong freezing wind. We all had a lot of private time to do our own walking and sitting meditation. We had more time to deepen our understanding of  the connection of breathing technique to the Dependent Origination. Finally the experience of Inner Peace is within our effort.

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Activities for June 2016

Fri 10th - Mon 13th Jun 2016



Queen's Birthday Long Weekend Meditation Retreat

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Sat 18th Jun 2016



Ven. Shi Yan Jing and devotees of Shaolin temple visit the monastery.

11.00 AM Vegetarian lunch offering to monks and lunch for all.

12.30 PM Short Dhamma talk, guided meditation and walked around the monastery outdoor exhibition. 

All are welcome.

Please prepare your warm clothes.

Tue 21st Jun 2016



60 students and teachers from Chevalier college visit the monastery for Buddhist teachings and meditation.

Activities for July 2016

8- 10 Jul 2016



Winter Retreat for Unibuds ( University of New South Wales Buddhsits Society)

Fri 15th - Sun 17th July 2016



Mindfulness and Compassion 

Dear Everyone,

Thank you all for your wholehearted participation in our biggest winter retreat.

Usually only about 20-25 people book for the coldest month of the year.

So congratulations to everyone for showing your sincere enthusiasm to learn meditation and mindfulness.

We look forward to seeing you again at another retreat, or just for Sunday lunch with your friends and family.

Please feel free to email with any questions or comments about the retreat.

Don’t forget to apply mindfulness arising from mindful breathing to support your daily activities.

With metta,


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Wed 20 July 2016



9.30 - 11.30 am Phra Mana gives 5 weeks lectures on Archaeology of Buddhist History to the University of the Third Age, Southern Highland.

Activities for August 2016

Sun 7 Aug 2016



Candle Offering Ceremony

Thank you for all of your love and support. It was a very beautiful day with a lot of yummy food, Dhamma talks from the two monks, walking meditation, transplanting trees in the garden.  We wish all of us to be happy and peaceful.



Wed 17 Aug 2016



9.30 - 11.30 am Phra Mana gives 5 weeks lectures on Archaeology of Buddhist History to the University of the Third Age, Southern Highland.

Fri 19th - 21st Aug 2016




Delightful Mind

Delightfulness helps to make our lives happier.  Find out how the mindfulness on breathing can enhance our ability to stay positive and energetic, and delight the whole world with our love and peace.

Rejoice with all retreat participants who tried to practise meditation amongst funny weather on this weekend. Your accomplishment to telorate all kinds of weather difficulties, to exercise of mindfulness in all activities,  and to gain inner peace will definitely delight all of your mind and heart. Thanks to all volunteers who worked very hard to support the retreat.  Please maintain your delightful energy and become a 'Wi-Fi booster' yourself.

Please click here to see photos in gallery 2016


Wed 31 Aug 2016



9.30 - 11.30 am Phra Mana gives 5 weeks lectures on Archaeology of Buddhist History to the University of the Third Age, Southern Highland.

Activities for September 2016

 9-11 Sept 2016



 Weekend Meditation Retreat : Healthy Body & Peaceful Mind

Sadhu and Rejoice with all retreat participants for all your energy to practise meditation. A small group of meditators but all are keen to learn. We had a very good weekend to keep calm and reflect on right conditions and factors for Peaceful mind.

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Thur 15 Sept 2016



2 - 4 PM Phra Mana gives a Dhamma explanation to year 12 students of Oxley college, Bowral.

Fri 16 Sept 2016



7 - 9 PM Phra Mana gives a short guided meditation and Dhamma talk on 'Dependent Origination' to Unibuds, room 101, Law Building, University of NSW, Sydney. All are welcome.

Sat 24 - Sun  25 Sept 2016



Special meditation retreat for our Thai volunteers

Activities for October 2016





 30 Sept - 3 Oct 2016



 Awakening in the Garden



Sat 15th  & Sun 16th Oct 2016



Special Chanting & Dedication of Merits for the late King Bhumipol of Thailand

 The monasteryl is organizing a special chanting as a memorial to the King of Thailand who just passed away on Thur 13 Oct 2016.

11.00 AM    Lunch offering to monks and lunch for all.

12.30 PM   Special chanting, dedication of merits, a short Dhamma talk and meditation.

All are welcome.


Activities for November 2016

 11 - 13 Nov 2016



 Weekend Meditation Retreat: Gift of Love and Wisdom

(Last retreat 2016 for beginners)

Turn the popular season of exchanging material gifts to be a spiritual present. Never ask for discount for mindfulness and effort ! Stop shopping for inner peace online !  Nurture our inner qualities and rediscover our everlasting values of love and wisdom. 

Sorry the retreat is full. Please apply for the 2017 retreats. Thank you.

Activities for December 2016

 26 Dec 16 - 1 Jan 2017



 Peaceful Transformation

Boxing Day & New Year Retreat (only for experienced people who have been in our previous retreats)

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. 


Retreat Dates



Fri 11th – Sun 13th November: Sorry the retreat is full. Please apply for the 2017 retreats. Thank you.

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


February  Fri 10th - Sun 12th

March  Fri 10th –  Sun 12th

April  Fri 14th – Mon 17th (Easter for only our experienced people)

May  Fri 5th –  Sun 7th

May Sun 14th –  Sat 20th  (Vesak retreat for only our experienced people)

June  Fri 9th - Mon 12th ( Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend)

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

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.