The Forest Hermitage (วัดป่าสันติธรรม) is a branch of Wat Nong Pah Pong (วัดหนองป่าพง), the late Luang Por Chah’s principal monastery in N. E. Thailand. Set in the Heart of England it is a small, peaceful Buddhist hermitage after the tradition of the forest monasteries of North East Thailand and comprises Santidhamma, the original property where the monks live and where occasional events open to the public are held, and Bhavanadhamma, which is for nuns, female devotees and guests. The Buddha-Dhamma Fellowship is the trust responsible for both. The community is led by Ven. Chao Khun Bhavanaviteht (Luang Por Khemadhammo) OBE, whose blog, News & Musings, can be found here.
This year Vesakha Puja, the celebration of the Birth, Enlightenment and Passing of the Buddha, falls on June 1st.
At the Forest Hermitage we will celebrate on Sunday, May 31st from 10 o’clock in the morning.
Live-in Lay Helper/Manager needed
We are currently looking for a competent layman to live in and help us to manage the Hermitage. Applicants should have a driving licence, be able to cook, perform basic maintenance and managerial tasks, and be willing to turn their hand to a variety of things. Experience with Theravada Buddhism would be preferable. In return we offer a beautiful place in which to stay and the opportunity to deepen one’s practice. For more information please email us: email@example.com
Please note that we have phased out the Wednesday evening public meditation sittings. Luangpor will continue to lead the Friday evening sessions, and Ajahn Manapo will lead the Monday evening ones, which will include a cup of tea and a chat afterwards. 8 – 9:30 pm.
Songkran at The Forest Hermitage on Sunday, April 12th.
We had a delightful Songkran day with many friends, Burmese, Sri Lankan, Thai and English, local and with Khun Peter’s group from London. For the photos click here.
Thank you all for continuing to support us so generously. Anumodana!
The Forest Hermitage Festival Programme for 2015 can be found here.
Bhavana Dhamma Retreats
We are very pleased to announce that the Bhavana Dhamma Retreats are up and running again. You will find the schedule and retreat information here, as well as a new and efficient online booking form. If you’re interested in attending one be aware that spaces are limited to about nine.
Luang Por’s Talk at the Spring Hill Buddha Grove Celebration, Sunday 14th September
Click here to listen to Luang Por recount the story behind HMP Spring Hill’s Buddha Grove before he moves on to talk about the life of Angulimala – the serial killer who ordained as a monk under the Buddha and eventually attained enlightenment.
Meditation at The Forest Hermitage at 8pm, Mondays and Fridays. Please do not be late.
Opportunities exist to live in and train with us at The Forest Hermitage.
Email us at the address below if you’re interested.
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