The Forest Hermitage

In 1985 the Forest Hermitage property (Wat Pah Santidhamma) was most generously made available and in 1987, with considerable help from devotees in Thailand, it was purchased by the Buddha-Dhamma Fellowship and formally offered to the Sangha of the Four Quarters, present and to come.

The main building was originally a pair of nineteenth century cottages which have long been converted into one. Recent modifications have provided a substantial Shrine Room. The surrounding land includes the original garden with its abundant supply of apples, damsons and plums, its ponds and small meditation huts, and an area that was formerly part of an adjoining field which has increased the size of the garden and provided space for a carpark and room for a strip of newly planted woodland.

Also in the grounds is the English Shwe Dagon Pagoda, a gift from Burmese devotees and built under the guidance of Venerable Sayadaw U Thila Wunta who has built similar pagodas throughout the world. It is dedicated to the welfare and happiness of all beings.

In addition to its obvious functions, The Forest Hermitage is the headquarters of Angulimala, the Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy Organisation. And as a valuable resource for Buddhist teaching and practice, it also plays an important role in local education.

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