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.
Please note that we are phasing out the Wednesday evening public meditation sittings. The last one will take place on Weds 1st April. 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. Timings: 8 – 9:30 pm.
Songkran at The Forest Hermitage on Sunday, April 12th.
Join us in celebrating the Thai, Burmese, Sri Lankan and Cambodian new year. Songkran is an opportunity to make merit, to re-affirm the Refuges and Precepts, and with the pouring and sprinkling of water to offer one’s respects to the Buddha, to members of the Sangha, to one’s elders and to each other. Begins at 10:30 am. Bring vegetarian food to offer and share.
The Forest Hermitage Festival Programme for 2015 can be found here.
(Friday 19th December) Our latest newsletter is online. Please click here to read it.
Bhavana Dhamma Retreats
We are very pleased to announce that the Bhavana Dhamma Retreats will be starting up again next year. 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, Wednesdays 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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