A Monastery Takes Shape
UPDATE – For information on how things stand on the property purchase as of Feb. 2015, please see the recent letter from the board on the Jeta Grove website >
In July 2014 Ajahn Jayanto and Ajahn Anando, two monks from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, as well as Tan Saddhammo, a monk from Wat Pah Nanachat, took up residence on part of the property in Temple, NH which supporters hope can be purchased as a site for a monastery in the tradition of Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho.
During the summer of 2013, two monks of the Ajahn Chah tradition – Ajahn Jayanto and Ven. Caganando – were invited to stay in Boston in order to explore the possibilities for establishing a branch monastery of their community in New England.
Interest and support proved high – and the opportunity has now arisen to purchase a beautiful, secluded, yet accessible property eminently suitable for a forest monastery in Temple, New Hampshire (near Peterborough).
Supporters are presently working towards a purchase by contributing funds in the form of donations or pledges of private loans. In the meantime, the monks have taken up residence on the property – the owners themselves wish to contribute to the project and have reduced the purchase price as well as allowed us to begin by renting part of the site.
Get In Touch
If you’d like to know more about upcoming events, or have any questions about the monastery project or how to get involved, please send us an email or give us a call:
Winter Retreat: Jan. 12–March 31, 2015
From January through the end of March the community at TFM will be undertaking a period of silent meditation practice, and some of the usual activities and communication routines will be changed. For the updated routine please see the Calendar.
Everyone is still welcome to come to the monastery for a visit during the day, especially to offer food in the usual way for the 11 a.m. meal. If you’d like to join us for quiet meditation practice during the group sittings and evening pujas you’re also welcome. Ajahn Jayanto will be giving a Dhamma Talk after the evening puja on the Moon Days. We will not be accepting overnight guests at the monastery until April.
During this period we will check phone messages and email once a day, and will answer the phone every morning between 8.30–9 a.m. You can email the monastery using the form on the Contact page of this website.
Thank you for your support!
How to help
You can find out more about what’s needed or useful – including a list of currently needed items – on the Contribute page.
Financial matters are handled by the non-profit organization Jeta Grove:
Volunteer help needed
Temple Forest Monastery is looking for a longterm volunteer caretaker/maintenance person, preferably a male with some experience with tools and garden machinery. The ideal period would begin in April 2015 and last for an initial month-long trial period, with the intention of making a one-year commitment. This first year would entail working with the monastic community as we learn the ropes in caring for this large and varied property.
If you would like to live, practice and work with the monastic community for a year or more by managing the grounds and buildings maintenance at the fledgling Temple Forest Monastery, please contact Ajahn Jayanto by email or phone.