Dhammagiri is a Theravada Buddhist forest monastery associated with the tradition of Ajahn Chah. It aims to transcend today's bewildering confusion of Buddhist gurus, dogmas and techniques by returning to the original teachings of the Buddha as found in the early parts of the Pali canon, and in the living practice of the great meditation masters in the Forest Tradition.
The primary purpose of Dhammagiri is to provide suitable living conditions for a small number of monks to cultivate their meditative practice, with an emphasis on quiet contemplation and study in solitary cabins ('Kutis').
"Paṭisallāṇe, bhikkhave, yogamāpajjatha. Paṭisallīṇo,
bhikkhave, bhikkhu yathābhūtaṃ pajānāti."
"Monks, be devoted to seclusion. One who lives secluded
sees things as they really are."
The Buddha, Samyutta Nikaya 22:6
To support those who wish to train themselves according to the original instructions given by the Buddha himself, Dhammagiri also provides:
Dhamma talks and guided meditations by experienced senior monks, including visits by some of the most outstanding meditation masters of our time.
Live audio and video streaming, podcasts, and recordings of these teachings via Youtube, Spotify, and a wide variety of apps and internet platforms.
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Advice and spiritual guidance for lay visitors on how to apply the ageless wisdom of the Buddha to the challenges of daily life in the 21st century.
Daily opportunities to offer almsfood and requisites to the resident sangha, and to share merits with departed ones.
Regular Buddhist Chanting, Guided/Silent Meditation, and Refuge and Precepts Ceremonies.
Buddhist lending library and free distribution books.
Making good karma ('puñña') together with dhamma friends ('kalyanamitta') at various volunteer activities supporting the monastery.
Secluded accommodation for a few lay guests to experience monastic life temporarily on retreats
Located on 85 acres in a serene, natural environment amid forested hills adjoining D’Aguilar National Park, yet only 45 mins drive from Brisbane CBD, Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage provides us with ideal conditions to follow the Buddha’s advice:
"There are these trees, here are these empty huts -
Do not be negligent, but meditate”
(The Buddha, Majjhima Nikaya #106/M ll 266)