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.
(22nd September) Our latest news update is here.
Live-in Lay Helper/Manager needed
We are still 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Buddhist Sunday School
Our next monthly Buddhist Sunday School class will take place on 11th October, from 12:30 pm. Ajahn Manapo, who often teaches in schools, will be leading the classes. They’ll last for about an hour and will include a teaching, Q&A and meditation. Children of all nationalities are welcome, and no prior experience or knowledge of Buddhism is required. Recommended age range is 6 – 16 yrs.
The Forest Hermitage Festival Programme for 2015 can be found here.
Retreat Help Needed
If you’d like to help cook for, or offer food towards, a Bhavana Dhamma retreat, we’d be very grateful. Please get in touch if you’re interested. Dates of the retreats are here.
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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