Temple Forest Monastery
Winter Retreat 2019
The monastic community’s annual three-month Winter Retreat is taking place, from the beginning of January to the end of March. This is a time for the Sangha to put many activities down and have an extended period reserved for formal meditation practice. Nevertheless, the meal offering will be the same as usual: every day at 11 a.m. And anyone is welcome to come to the monastery to offer food to the Sangha and share in the meal as well. However, there won’t be Sunday afternoon workshops for the duration of the retreat, and we won’t be accepting overnight visitors in the usual way.
Winter Retreat Support Opportunity
During January, February, and March, several laypeople stay at the monastery in order to support the monastic community’s retreat. We currently have a crew of volunteers who have committed to helping out in this way, but it would be helpful to have one or two more.
It’s important that these people are already known to the community and that they are familiar with the monastery from at least one previous, overnight visit of several days. Ideally they will be able to stay for the full three months (or at minimum for one of the months). They would join in most of the group practice periods and there will likely be much unstructured solitary time to use to further one’s practice. Therefore they should be experienced in staying in a silent retreat atmosphere, and comfortable with solitude.
If you are interested in supporting the Sangha in this way, by helping with meal preparation, shoveling, cleaning, etc. from January 1–April 1, do contact us at
From the Temple Forest Monastery community
Biography of Ajahn Chah
Stillness Flowing is a biography of Ajahn Chah authored by Ajahn Jayasaro, published earlier this year, and available for free distribution at the monastery. Please feel free to download it as an e-book in any of the formats below.
This important work details the life and teachings of Luang Por Chah, widely known as Ajahn Chah, and has been in the making for over two decades. This biography is based on the 1993 Thai biography of Luang Por Chah entitled Upalamani which was also authored by Ajahn Jayasaro. It includes translations from Upalamani, in particular many of the anecdotes and reminiscences of Luang Por’s disciples, as well as a significant amount of added social, cultural, historical, and doctrinal information to provide context to an audience that may be unfamiliar with Thai culture and its Buddhist heritage.
Download this book in any of these formats:
Visitors are welcome, for day visits or (from April–December) for overnight stays.