Bodhisaddha Forest Monastery was opened since April 2012. Our intention is to develop and maintain a monastery that follows the practice of the Thai Forest Tradition, especially the Venerable Ajahn Chah lineage, which has been responsible for the spreading of the Dhamma to the West. We firmly believe that this place will be a place of great benefit to many people. When people come to listen, learn and practice the Dhamma – teachings on good moral conduct, making the mind peaceful, and developing true wisdom within our minds – this will surely be of benefit to people’s lives, their happiness, and people around them.
The moanstery is conveniently located less than an hour’s drive to the southwest of Sydney. It is also only 20 minutes from Wollongong City and 40 minutes from Sydney Airport. Many monks have come to visit the land already and remarked that it is an appropriate setting for a forest monastery. Comprised of 70 acres of mainly flat land, there is cleared area suitable for future buildings, but enough forest for each future dwelling to have seclusion and privacy. The property sits up high, with the back falling onto a winding river that provides for beautiful views and tranquil sounds. There are also many overhanging cliffs and a dam on the property.
There are many positive aspects of this place, one being that there are enough houses within walking distance to preserve the ancient tradition of monks walking on alms round each morning to collect their food. This is an essential aspect of a monk’s duties and something that has been difficult to keep up for other monasteries in the west.
On 12 October 2013, we were very fortunate to receive and enshrine a sacred Buddha statue from His Holiness, the Somdet Sangharaja Phra Nyanasamvara, for the occasion of his 100th birthday. Sadly, less than 2 weeks later, His Holiness passed away. Throughout his life His Holiness did his utmost to spread Buddhism to the West and we hope that we can carry on this wish, by building Bodhisaddha forest monastery into one that spreads the teachings of the Buddha, on peace and happiness, to the people.