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.

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' 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

Only during school holidays.


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



โอกาสพิเศษ สำหรับคุณพ่อคุณแม่และลูกๆ จะได้ไปศึกษาปฏิบัติธรรม ค้างคืนที่วัด เพื่อสร้างความสุขต่อทุกคนในครอบครัว ในช่วงโรงเรียนปิดเทอม 


Crossroad of Buddhism and Culture: Term 3, 2014

Buddhism is about inner peace, and can be explored from a cultural, historical and scientific aspect. The lectures will discuss how the same practices from the 6th Century BC can be of benefit in the roller-coaster, rapid change of present day culture and beyond.

Phra Mana is giving a series of Dhamma talk for the University of Third Age, Southern Highlands. 

 Wednesday, 16 July 2014

 Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Time: 9:30 to 11:30 AM


Activities for June 2014



Wed 4th Jun 2014 9.:30 AM - 2:30 PM 83 Students and four teachers from Chevalier College, Bowral visit the monastery for Dhamma talk & practice meditation.

Fri 6th - Mon 9th Jun 2014

Long Weekend & Queen's Birthday


A group of very deligent people who have practiced mindfulness, concentration and vipassana meditation in a very beautiful atmosphere and surrounding.  After an uplifting and peaceful rest, all our hearts are ready to continue our spiritual journey. Please see more photos in gallery / 2014/ June 6-9, 2014 Long Weekend Retreat.

 Sat 14th Jun 2014

 Dhamma talk at Kim Lim's house: 'The Similie of the Cloth', Campbelltown.

Sat 21st- Sun 22nd Jun 2014

The 4th Special Assistant Dhamma Teacher Training Program for our Thai volunteers.
Sat 28th & Sun 29th Jun 2014

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

12.30 -2 PM Short Dhamma talk & meditation. Everyone is welcome

Activities for July 2014



Sat 4th - Sun 6th Jul 2014


Weekend Meditation Retreat: LET US ROLL THE DHAMMA BALL

Rejoice with all 'brave heart' people who amazingly accomplished the cold weekend retreat. Your determination, strength, compassion and wisdom will definitely pave the way to inner peace and happiness. If you can survive the freezing cold wind of Bundanoon, you will surely attain Enlightenment ! Please see more photos in the gallery/2014/ July 4-6, 2014 retreat.

 Fri11th Jul 2014

Rains Retreat 3 months for monks.

Sat12th -Sun 13th Jul 2014

Winter Retreat for students from University of NSW, Sydney (UNIBUDS)

Wed 16th Jul 2014

9:30 -11:30 AM Phra Mana teaches 'Crossroad of Buddhism and Culture' at University of Third Age (U3A), Bowral.

 Wed 16th - Sat 19th Jul 2014

Meditation Retreat for students from Sydney Uni, MacQuarie Uni and UTS

Sun 20th Jul 2014



Candle Offering Ceremony

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

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

 Wed 30th Jul 2014

9:30 -11:30 AM Phra Mana teaches 'Crossroad of Buddhism and Culture' at University of Third Age (U3A), Bowral.

Activities for August 2014



Fri 8th - Sun 10th Aug 2014

Weekend Meditation Retreat : Empower and Prepare for Blossom

Spring is around the corner! Spend the last month of fresh cold winter to cultivate and increase the inner strength for the good times to come. Let us empower the mind with Mindfulness and Vipassana meditation. With the support of good meditation friends and Buddhist spiritual guidance, we will develop our positive inner qualities and prepare to thrive in this modern day, with happiness and joy. Places are still available. Please send application form up to 7 days in advance.


 Wed 13th Aug 2014

 9:30 -11:30 AM Phra Mana teaches 'Crossroad of Buddhism and Culture' at University of Third Age (U3A), Bowral.

Sat 15th  - Sun 17th Aug 2014

Dhamma program for Thai Student Association, Sydney

Mon 18th Aug 2014

 Students from Chevalier College, Bowral visit the monastery for Dhamma talk and meditation.

Wed 27th Aug 2014

9:30 -11:30 AM Phra Mana teaches 'Crossroad of Buddhism and Culture' at University of Third Age (U3A), Bowral.

Activities for September 2014



Fri 12th - Sun 14th Sept 2014


Spring Weekend Meditation Retreat

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

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

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: 

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

13. Or just Bunning 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

- เหตุที่ต้องมีเวลาเปิดปิดวัด เพราะเคยมีขโมยเข้าวัดยามค่ำคืน เพื่อป้องกันอันตรายต่อพระสงฆ์และผู้มาปฏิบัติธรรม

- ขออภัยในความไม่สะดวก และขออนุโมทนาในบุญกุศลเมตตาของทุกท่าน