Monasteries Worldwide in the
Lineage of Ajahn Chah
Buddha Bodhivana Monastery
A large monastery located in East
Warburton, about one and a half
hours from Melbourne.
Abbot: Ajahn Kalyano
Wat Buddha Dhamma
A remote monastery located in
Dharug National Park, New South
Wales, outside of Sydney.
Abbot: Ajahn Khemavaro
Dhammagiri Forest Monastery
A quiet monastery located adjacent
to a National Park in the hills on the
outskirts of Brisbane.
Abbot: Ajahn Dhammasiha
Vimokkharam Forest Hermitage
A small hermitage in the
Dandenong Ranges of Melbourne.
Abbot: Ajahn Hasapañño
Bodhisaddha Forest Monastery
A branch of Wat Marp Jan about
an hour outside of Sydney.
Abbot: Ajahn Varadhammo
A new monastery near Adelaide
Abbot: Ajahn Nyanadipo
Suddhavari Buddhist Monastery
Another emerging monastery,
located near the small hill city of
São Lourenço, Minas Gerais State,
Abbot: Ajahn Mudito
Tisarana Buddhist Monastery
Located near Perth, Ontario
Abbot: Ajahn Viradhammo.
Arrow River Forest Hermitage
A small hermitage in Thunder
Abbot: Ajahn Punnadhammo.
Sitavana (Birken Forest Monastery)
A monastery and retreat centerin remote British Columbia.
Abbot: Ajahn Sona.
A forest monastery not far from
Nuremberg in Germany,
with websites in German, English
Abbot: Ajahn Cattamalo.
Located near Rome in Italy.
Three main languages: Italian,
Thai, and English.
Abbot: Ajahn Chandapalo.
Established by Ajahn Sumedho
already in the mid-eighties, near
Abbot: Ajahn Kusalo
Vimutti Buddhist Monastery
Located outside of Auckland.
Abbot: Ajahn Chandako
Lokuttara Vihara (Skiptvet
A recently established forest
monastery in Norway, not far
Abbot: Ajahn Kalyano.
Located near Lisbon, Portugal.
Abbot: Ajahn Vajiro
Located in Kandersteg, Switzerland,
surrounded by towering mountains.
Main languages are German and
English. Annual newsletters are also
produced in French and Thai.
Abbot: Ajahn Abhinando.
Amaravati Buddhist Monastery
The largest Western monastery in
our tradition, near London, with
communities of monks and nuns,
and a retreat center.
Founded by Ajahn Sumedho.
Abbot: Ajahn Amaro.
UNITED KINGDOM (continued)
(Chithurst Buddhist Monastery)
The first Ajahn Chah forest
monastery outside of Thailand.
Founded by Ajahn Chah and
Ajahn Sumedho, with communities
of monks and nuns.
Abbot: Ajahn Ahimsako.
(Harnham Buddhist Monastery)
A monastery established already
1980s, in Northumberland, near
the Scottish border.
Abbot: Ajahn Munindo.
Hartridge Buddhist Monastery
A small monastery in the Devon
Abbot: Ajahn Jutindharo.
The Forest Hermitage
(Wat Pah Santidhamma)
A hermitage already established in
the 1980s, in Warwickshire, England.
Abbot: Ajahn Khemadhammo.
In Perthshire, Scotland, is a place
where nuns can live in a female
community or on solitary retreat.
Abbess: Ajahn Candasiri.
Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery
A large training monastery in
California near San Francisco, the
first to be established in North
Co-Abbots: Ajahn Karunadhammo,
Founding Abbot: Ajahn Pasanno.
A branch of Abhayagiri in the Pacific
Abbot: Ajahn Sudanto.
Temple Forest Monastery (Jetavana)
An emerging monastery in Temple,New Hampshire, not far from Boston.
Co-Abbots: Ajahn Jayanto, Ajahn Anando.
The Aranya Vihara Trust has a meditation center in New Delhi and is starting a monastery, Saṅghārāma, near Rampur Gainda, district Yamunanagar, Haryana.
NB: The above are links to Western monasteries that consider themselves as part of the tradition of Ajahn Chah, as far as we are aware of. The list has no claim to completeness, there may be other monasteries that are simply unknown to us.
N.B.: There are hundreds of branch monasteries of the Ajahn Chah tradition in Thailand. The following is only a selection of those with long established practice of Western monks staying and training there.
Wat Nong Pah Pong
This is the main monastery for the Ajahn Chah
community, the original monastery established
by Ajahn Chah himself, near Ubon Rajathani.
The website is in Thai only.
Abbot: Ajahn Liem
Wat Pah Nanachat
The ‘International Forest Monastery’.
Wat Pah Nanachat was established by Ajahn Chah,
who asked Ajahn Sumedho to be the first abbot.
Located a few miles from Wat Pah Pong, it is the
main monastery in Thailand for Western monks
in the Ajahn Chah community.
Abbot: Ajahn Kevali.
Wat Marp Jan
A large monastery in Rayong Province, which also
accepts Westerners who wish to ordain as monks.
Abbot: Ajahn Anan
A large monastery in Chonburi Province,
whichalso accepts Westerners who wish
to become monks.
Abbot: Ajahn Dtun
Located in Korat Province, with English-
speaking monks living and training alongside
Abbot: Ajahn Nyanadhammo
Anandagiri Forest Monastery
Located in Petchabun Province, with English-
speaking monks living and training alongside
Abbot: Ajahn Achalo