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. 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.

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.


Activities for December 2014

Fri 26th Dec 2014 - Thur 1st Jan 2015

Boxing Day & New Year Retreat: Awakening Transformation 

Here is a group photo for you all to remember this wonderful retreat.  Thank you to everyone for participating this year.

 We hope you will have a very positive and peaceful beginning for 2015.

Venerables, Phra Mana, LuongPo Sawat, Phra Maha Chanchai and Phra Wittaya, as well as all volunteers, wish you a healthy and happy new year, full of equanimity and loving kindness.

 We look forward to your feedback and your suggestions to improve the future retreats.

May your beautiful vibration from the retreat spread to your families, friends and workmates.

 With metta, Kim.

Please see more photo from Gallery/2014/Boxing day & New Year Retreat 26 Dec2014- 1 Jan 2015 and Summary in Dhamma Teachings / Summary retreat 2014-2015



Activities for January 2015


Thur 8th Jan 2015

Ven. Phra Maha Chanchai returns to Thailand.

Sat 10th & Sun 11th Jan 2015

The 6th Assistant Dhamma Teacher Training Program for Thai volunteers

A very good practise in the midst of cold weather and heavy rain. All Thai volunteers had a very intensive training. Rejoice with all supporters. Sadhu. Please see more photo in Gallery and Summary talks about the five hindrances and the six temperaments.

Sat 17th & Sun 18th Jan 2015

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

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


Sat 24th & Sun 25th Jan 2015

7th Dhamma Assistant Teacher Training Program for Volunteer & Dhamma talk for Australian Day.


Mon 26 Jan 2015

Happy Australian Day - Peace & Harmony Day

Sat 31st Jan 2015

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

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

Activities for February 2015


Sun 1st Feb 2015

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

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

Rare oppurtunity 

Wed 11th & Fri 13th Feb 2015

Ven. Phra Mana is officially invited to give a special lecture to a group of 60 Thai missionary monks who are now training to teach Buddhism in many countries in Europe, America, Australia-NZ and Asia. We are looking for sponsorship for Phra Mana's teaching & traveling expenses in Bangkok. Please see detail in Event.

Fri 6th - Sun 8th Feb 2015

The First Weekend Retreat of 2015: Jump over the moon.

Sorry this retreat is fully booked. Please feel free to apply for March weekend retreat. Thanks.

Sat 14th & Sun 15th Feb 2015

Happy Valentine Day

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

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

Sat 21st & Sun 22nd Feb 2015

Happy Chinese New Year Dhamma Talk

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

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


Activities for March 2015

Fri 6th  - Sun 8th Mar 2015

Weekend Meditation Retreat: Dhamma Apps


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 2015 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 2015 

Feb 6th -8th

Mar 6th - 8th 

Apr 3rd - 6th (Easter Retreat. Arrival time on Fri 3rd Apr at 11.00 AM lunch offering for monks and all)

May 16th -23rd (Vesak - the Buddha Enlightenment Day)

Jun 5th - 8th (Long weekend Queen's Birthday)

Jul 3rd - 5th

Aug 7th - 9th

Sept 4th - 6th 

Oct 2nd - 5th  (Long weekend labour day)

Nov 27th - 29th

Dec 26th -1st Jan 2016 (Boxing day & New Year Retreat)


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 24 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. Chicken Wire, Garden Stakes, and bags of potting mix.

Office: Epson 82 printing ink: all colours

Building Materials: 

Leaf Beater Rain Head to prevent leaves and debris entering water tank, fits 90 mm round downpipes 

Gutter Protection, Screwless,  Aluminium Gutter Guard 1200 mm long, 1 pack contains 5 pieces,  GumLeaf

Mineral turpentine oil

Clear silicone for glass and windows

Mattresses for single bed.


Decking timber, hard wood, any sizes & length.

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)


- ข้าวสารถุง, น้ำตาลถุง, เส้นหมี่แห้ง(เพราะมีมากจนไม่มีที่จะเก็บ มีปัญหาเรื่องหนูตามมา)

- ผ้าเช็ดตัว, ยาสีฟัน, แปรงสีฟัน, สบู่, จีวรพระ, ถุงเท้า, รองเท้า, ยารักษาโรคชนิดต่างๆ (ไม่มีที่จะเก็บ และหมดอายุเร็ว)


กรุณาดูจากรายการข้างบน สาธุ ขออนุโมทนา


- 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

- ขออภัยในความไม่สะดวก และขออนุโมทนาในบุญกุศลเมตตาของทุกท่าน