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.
(Friday 19th December) Our latest newsletter is online. Please click here to read it.
New Year’s Eve at the Forest Hermitage
The evening will begin at 8 pm with chanting, meditation and a Dhamma Talk. Tea will then be served and there’ll be a chance to talk to Luangpor. Shortly before midnight we’ll gather again in the shrine room to meditate the new year in. As the clock strikes twelve those present will be invited to approach the shrine one by one to light a stick of incense, all the while determining to let go of all that has happened in 2014 and to make the most of the year that awaits. If you have no commitments that evening, please join us.
Luangpor and Ajahn Manapo in Thailand
Luangpor will be going to Thailand on Tuesday 13th January and will return on Tuesday 3rd February. Ajahn Manapo will leave two weeks before him. While they are both absent the Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening meditation sessions will continue as normal, and an audio CD with chanting, guidance and a talk will be played.
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.
Live-in Lay Helper wanted – a man is needed to live in and be a general help.
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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