Teachings in Schools

In Australia, the Higher School Certificate is required for students to be admitted into any university. Religious study is one of the credited subjects that students can take for entrance to university.  In the past few years,  many more students have selected to study Buddhism.

Monks from Sunnataram Forest Monastery have been invited to teach Buddhism in many Sydney and local schools.  Students range from kindergarten to year 12.

Students learn Buddhism in the aspect of spiritual values and philosophical concepts, more than just  traditional practice. They study about history, sacred scripture and different schools of Buddhism.

We have many school excursions to the monastery.

Recently, Sunnataram Forest Monastery monks were invited to conduct  a spiritual workshop for Oxley College year 11 students. It was very successful with fun games and deep contemplation of inner peace. Oxley College is a higher educational Christian based private school in the Southern Highlands.

It is very important for these young people to learn spiritual values together with mundane knowledge, which should help these young adults to cope with the restless technological development of the modern world. We believe that Buddha Dhamma wisdom can help these youth to maintain their good mental health and find peace in their lives.


Over the past few years the impact of mental illness within the Australian population has become increasingly apparent. The 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that an estimated 3.2 million Australians (20% of the population aged between 16 and 85) had a mental disorder in the twelve months prior to the survey.  The burden of disease and injury in Australia 2003  study indicated that mental disorders constitute the leading cause of disability burden in Australia, accounting for an estimated 24% of the total years lost due to  disability.

From Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2013 report.



Phra Mana has been invited to teach Buddhism and meditation to students from Kindy to year 12 HSC and to teachers in many schools i.e James Ruse High School, Sydney, Oxley College, Bowral, Chevalier College, Burradoo.

His Buddhist teaching and meditation is beneficial to help the students to relax and focus their mind on their study. The teachings are viewed as an aid to todays Australian educational system. In some schools, this topic is called Religions, Philosophy and Ethics or can be called Religions, Ethics and Values (REV).

Phra Mana teaches walking & sitting meditation to students of James Ruse High school, Sydney.

Any school who would like Phra Mana to talk, can contact Kim on our email address: [email protected]