Welcome visitors back for Sunday meditation and Dhamma teaching in 2022, by appointment only.

Numbers will be restricted, and masks may be required. Bookings only, by email: [email protected]

Please check our website or instagram for update.

Thank you very much for your kind cooperation.


You are welcome to form a group of friends or work colleagues who are interested in Buddhist teachings and meditation to spend one Sunday between 10 AM- 2 PM at the monastery. Please contact: [email protected]

 For more enquiries, please contact us by email.


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

Helping the monks



Every Sunday is a working bee. Please email us if you would like to help the monks working in the garden or cleaning. Thank you very much.


6 - 8 PM Buddhist Chanting, Guided Meditation & Dhamma talk by the monks. All are welcome.

Buddhist talk and a short meditation session for people who are interested to learn Buddhism between 10 AM -12 PM.

Booking is essential.  Thank you very much.

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'

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

Thanks to Mick Rattanapanyo for your kind help.

Activities in October-November-December 2022

Every Sunday









10 AM              A guided meditation and Dhamma talk

11 AM              Vegetarian lunch for all, prepared by our volunteers. Please don't bring your food to offer the monks.

12.30 - 2 PM  Viewing the monastery garden, exhibition or helping the monks to work around the monastery



Activities in January 2023

Weekend Meditation Retreat

Fri 20th Jan start 6 PM- Sun 22nd Jan finish 2 PM










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 click here and email us your application form.  Thank you.


Activities in February 2023

Weekend Meditation Retreat

Fri 17th Feb start 6 PM- Sun 19th Feb. finish 2 PM








 The Power of Love


Before you book in for the retreat, please be sure that you can complete the whole retreat. Please click here and email us your application form.  Thank you.





Activities in March 2023

Weekend Meditation Retreat

Fri 17th Mar start 6 PM- Sun 19th Mar finish 2 PM








Living a Balanced Life


Please click here and email us your application form.  Thank you.






Activities in April 2023

Easter Long Weekend Meditation Retreat

Fri 7th Apr start 6 PM- Mon 10th Apr finish 2 PM








A Blissful Letting go like An Autumn Leaf


Please click here and email us your application form.  Thank you.





Activities in May 2023

Weekend Meditation Retreat

Fri 5th May start 6 PM- Sun 7th May finish 2 PM








An Awakening Moment


Please click here and email us your application form.  Thank you.





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Donation for Bush Fire

Account Name: Sunnataram Forest Monastery Incorporated

ANZ Bank, NSW, Australia

Swift code: ANZBAU3M

BSB: 012 547

Account No. 2370 37944

The monastery has been burnt twice by the Morton fire on 10 & 23 Jan 2020. We lost almost all Ladies' and Men's accommodation, 25 water tanks, water pumps, meditation bushland and a lot of building materials.

Thank you to everyone who has kindly made a donation to rebuild the monastery

Sadhu Anumodhana

Bush Fire 2020 Record

The monks are grateful and touched by all of your support and concerns.  We have received many phone calls and emails from many monks and nuns, supporters and retreat friends.  We wish everyone to be safe and peaceful.  With gratitude from all at Sunnataram Forest Monastery, Bundanoon.

Please click on the photos to see records


Retreat Dates

For the Year 2023

Jan 20th -22nd

Feb 17th – 19th

Mar 17th – 19th

April 7th – 10th  Easter

May 5th – 7th

Due to the 2020 Bushfire damage to the monastery, we have only limited accommodation. Please make sure to complete the whole retreat before your booking. All retreat is by suggested donation. Please email the monastery for inquiry. Thank you

Things We Need

Donation to rebuild meditation huts to resume our monthly meditation retreat.

Sunnataram Forest Monastery


Swift code: ANZBAU3M

BSB: 012 547

Acc No: 2370-37944

Thank you for your kind support. May the Blessings of the Buddha be with all of us, to be healthy, weathy and wise.


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