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Monasteries Worldwide in the
Lineage of Ajahn Chah 

AUSTRALIA

Buddha Bodhivana Monastery
A large monastery located in East

Warburton, about one and a half

hours from Melbourne.
Abbot: Ajahn Kalyano
www.buddhabodhivana.org

Wat Buddha Dhamma 
A remote monastery located in

Dharug National Park, New South

Wales, outside of Sydney.
Abbot: Ajahn Khemavaro
www.wbd.org.au

Dhammagiri Forest Monastery
A quiet monastery located adjacent

to a National Park in the hills on the

outskirts of Brisbane.
Abbot: Ajahn Dhammasiha
www.dhammagiri.net

Vimokkharam Forest Hermitage
A small hermitage in the

Dandenong Ranges of Melbourne.
Abbot: Ajahn Hasapañño
www.vimokkharam.org

Bodhisaddha Forest Monastery
A branch of Wat Marp Jan about

an hour outside of Sydney.
Abbot: Ajahn Varadhammo
www.bodhisaddha.org

Bodhipāla Monastery
A new monastery near Adelaide
Abbot: Ajahn Nyanadipo
https://www.facebook.com/

bodhipalamonasteryadelaide/

BRAZIL 

Suddhavari Buddhist Monastery 

Another emerging monastery,

located near the small hill city of

São Lourenço, Minas Gerais State,

Brazil.
Abbot: Ajahn Mudito
www.suddhavari.org

CANADA

Tisarana Buddhist Monastery
Located near Perth, Ontario
Abbot: Ajahn Viradhammo.
www.tisarana.ca



 

Arrow River Forest Hermitage
A small hermitage in Thunder

Bay, Ontario.
Abbot: Ajahn Punnadhammo.
https://www.arrowriver.ca

Sitavana (Birken Forest Monastery)
A monastery and retreat centerin remote British Columbia.
Abbot: Ajahn Sona.
www.birken.ca

GERMANY

Muttodaya Waldkloster
A forest monastery not far from

Nuremberg in Germany,

with websites in German, English

and Thai.
Abbot: Ajahn Cattamalo.
www.muttodaya.org

ITALY

Santacittarama Monastero
Located near Rome in Italy.

Three main languages: Italian,

Thai, and English.
Abbot: Ajahn Chandapalo.
www.santacittarama.org

NEW ZEALAND

Bodhinyanarama
Established by Ajahn Sumedho

already in the mid-eighties, near

Wellington.
Abbot: Ajahn Kusalo
www.bodhinyanarama.net.nz

Vimutti Buddhist Monastery
Located outside of Auckland.
Abbot: Ajahn Chandako
www.vimutti.org.nz

NORWAY

Lokuttara Vihara (Skiptvet

Buddhist Monastery)
A recently established forest

monastery in Norway, not far

from Oslo.
Abbot: Ajahn Kalyano.
www.skiptvet-vihara.weebly.com

PORTUGAL

Sumedharama
Located near Lisbon, Portugal.
Abbot: Ajahn Vajiro
www.sumedharama.pt

SWITZERLAND

Dhammapala Kloster
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.
www.dhammapala.ch



 

UNITED KINGDOM

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.
www.amaravati.org

UNITED KINGDOM (continued)

Cittaviveka

(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.
www.cittaviveka.org

Aruna Ratanagiri

(Harnham Buddhist Monastery)
A monastery established already

in the

1980s, in Northumberland, near

the Scottish border.
Abbot: Ajahn Munindo.
www.ratanagiri.org.uk

Hartridge Buddhist Monastery 
A small monastery in the Devon

countryside.
Abbot: Ajahn Jutindharo.
www.hartridgemonastery.org

The Forest Hermitage

(Wat Pah Santidhamma) 
A hermitage already established in

the 1980s, in Warwickshire, England.
Abbot: Ajahn Khemadhammo.
www.foresthermitage.org.uk

Milntuim Hermitage 
In Perthshire, Scotland, is a place

where nuns can live in a female

community or on solitary retreat.
Abbess: Ajahn Candasiri.

USA

Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery
A large training monastery in

California near San Francisco, the

first to be established in North

America.
Co-Abbots: Ajahn Karunadhammo,

Ajahn Nyaniko
Founding Abbot: Ajahn Pasanno.
www.abhayagiri.org

Pacific Hermitage 
A branch of Abhayagiri in the Pacific

Northwest.
Abbot: Ajahn Sudanto.
www.pacifichermitage.org

Temple Forest Monastery (Jetavana)
An emerging monastery in Temple,New Hampshire, not far from Boston.
Co-Abbots: Ajahn Jayanto, Ajahn Anando.
www.forestmonastery.org

 

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.

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THAILAND

 

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
www.ubu.ac.th/wat/

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.
www.watpahnanachat.org

Wat Marp Jan


A large monastery in Rayong Province, which also
accepts Westerners who wish to ordain as monks.
Abbot: Ajahn Anan
https://watmarpjan.org/en

Wat Boonyawad


A large monastery in Chonburi Province,

whichalso accepts Westerners who wish

to become monks.
Abbot: Ajahn Dtun
www.watboonyawad.com

Wat Ratanawan


Located in Korat Province, with English-

speaking monks living and training alongside

Thai monks.
Abbot: Ajahn Nyanadhammo

Anandagiri Forest Monastery


Located in Petchabun Province, with English-

speaking monks living and training alongside

Thai monks.
Abbot: Ajahn Achalo
www.peacebeyondsuffering.org/anandagiri.html

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