We are very grateful to all selfless fire fighters who have been working very hard to save many lives and properties.  Our condolenses to families and friends who lost their members and properties. May the Buddha's blessings be with you and all of us.

The monastery is closed due to the 2nd bushfire on Thur 23 Jan 20. The Teudts road is closed for public until further notice.


For more enquiries, please contact us by email.

Bush Fire Update Tue 28 Jan 2020

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.

Update Tue 28 Jan 20

The whole area of the monastery was covered by thick smoke in the early morning and late evening due to the backburn activities near Penrose and Wingello. There are a few spot of smouldering fire in the men area. The temperature was quite high, the monks could not do much work in the day time. Just try to monitoring the fire situation. Chao Khun Supachai, the Head of Thai monks in Australia / Abbot of Wat Dhammadharo,Canberra visited us in the afternoon. We inspected the whole burnt area of the monastery. He said 'it is worst than Wat Buddhadhamma in Wiseman Ferry last year bushfire incident '. He promised to bring many Thai monks to join the chanting blessing on 28 Mar 2020 of our 30th Anniversary.


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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 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 a few new shed.

To protect everyone’s kind donation and the monastery, we do not allow anyone to do advertising or raise funds on behalf of the monastery, without approval from the committee of Sunnataram Forest Monastery Incorporated.

We are most grateful for your direct deposit to our account:

Thank you very much. Sadhu Anumodhana

Caravan needed

The monastery is looking for used caravans or mobile homes to replace our ladies’ accommodation and huts which were burnt down by the recent bush fire. So we will be able to continue to provide spiritual service via meditation retreat to people in need.

Please email us if you have one. Thank you.

Cleaning Operation - for this weekend 1st- 2nd Feb 2020


Friend in need is a friend indeed.

The monastery is still under the threat of the active bush fire, We lost most of Ladies' and Men’s accommodation. We are sorry that we can't provide any accommodation to volunteers.


  1. Cutting the fallen burnt trees:  skilful chainsaw operators, helping hands to remove the wood.  (If you have any heavy machines like bobcat, excavator, 4wd folklift, or 4wd truck, please contact us.)
  2. Raking around the existing buildings to prevent the spread of bush fire.
  3. Indoor cleaning of huts and halls.

 Please let us know if you or friends would like to help by email [email protected] so our volunteers can prepare meals for you all.

 Things to prepare

  1. Eye protection
  2. Working clothes
  3. Your chainsaw if you have one

Please be aware that the rise of temperature on this weekend may reignite the bushfire, please drive carefully.

ทอดผ้าป่าไทย ดับไฟป่า บูรณะวัดป่า ออสเตรเลีย




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

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 11 AM -2 PM.


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'

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

Dear Meditation Retreat Friends





 Before you send in application form to make a reservation, please make sure that you are able to complete the whole retreat.  To leave the retreat earlier is considered to be unfair because there are some other people who can't participate the retreat due to your occupied spaces.


Please send in the application form at least 7 days in advance. After sending the application form online, you will received an email from us to acknowledge your booking. If you don't hear anything from us in a four days, please contact us again by email. And please kindly send an email to confirm your booking a few days before the retreat starts. There are always people on waiting lists who want to take the available places in each retreat.

Thank you.




Activities for March 2020

 Fri 13th - Sun 15th Mar 2020





Sorry we need to cancel this weekend retreat due to the damages from the bush fire.





 Sat 28 Mar 2020

10 AM - 3 PM




Special Blessings for Australia's Regeneration After bushfire & 30th Anniversary of Sunnataram Forest Monastery

 *Buddhist chanting blessings by monks and nuns from all schools of Buddhism

*Thai vegetarian lunch for all

*Fundraising to rebuild the monastery.

All are welcome. Free admission.






Activities for April 2020

 Fri 10th - Sun 13th Apr 2020





Weekend Meditation Retreat: Out of theKarma





Activities for May 2020

3rd - 9th May 2020





Vesak Special Retreat: The Enlightenment of the Buddha

We accept only our friends who have practised meditation in this monastery for at least 6 retreats.




Activities for June 2020

5th - 8th June 2020 Queen's Birthday Retreat





Long Weekend Retreat: A Happy Lifestyle





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.

Retreat Dates for 2020

January Cancelled due to the damage from the bush fire

February  Cancelled, sorry

March Cancelled, sorry

April 10th -13th 2020 Easter

May 3rd - 9th 2020 Vesak (Only our experienced people)

June 5th -8th 2020 Queen's Birthday

July 3rd -5 th 2020

August 7th - 9th 2020

September 4th -6th 2020

October 2nd -5th 2020 Long weekend Labor Day

November 6th - 8th 2020

December 4th - 6th 2020

December 26th 2020 -January 1st 2021 Boxing Day & New Year Retreat (Only our experienced people who have practised at least 6 retreats in the recent years, and approved by our organizer teachers.)


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.

Please send your donation to:

Sunnataram Forest Monastery


Swift code: ANZBAU3M

BSB: 012 547

Acc No: 2370-37944

Things We Need

Donation to rebuild a shed to continue our monthly meditation retreat.

Sunnataram Forest Monastery


Swift code: ANZBAU3M

BSB: 012 547

Acc No: 2370-37944


Things not to bring to the monastery

  • 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)




น้ำตาลถุง, เส้นหมี่แห้ง(เพราะมีมากจนไม่มีที่จะเก็บ มีปัญหาเรื่องหนูตามมา)

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


ในขณะนี้ คือปัจจัยในการสร้างศาลาที่พักปฏิบัติธรรม ของสตรี ใหม่


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