Talks & Teachings


Forest Sangha Publications – As of 2016 this website has been folded into, and makes available many audio and e-book downloads from disciples of Ajahn Chah. Dhamma Talks, chanting, e-books (as well as printed books), calendars and more. Also accessible via these shorter URLs: and


Other monastery websites have a variety of resources available, such as the Amaravati and Abhayagiri websites, and many of those listed on the community portal site:


Access To Insight makes available an enormous amount of Theravada Buddhist textual material, including translated discourses of the Buddha and many books from teachers in the Thai forest tradition as well as material from the Buddhist Publication Society. offers downloads of Dhamma Talks, books and essays by Ajahn Thanissaro of Metta Forest Monastery in various audio and text formats.


The Forest Dhamma website offers books and audio teachings by Ajahn Maha Boowa and Ajahn Paññavaddho in English and other languages.



Associated monasteries



Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery – A large branch monastery in California, the first to be established in North America. Abbot: Ajahn Pasanno.


Pacific Hermitage – A branch of Abhayagiri in the Pacific Northwest. Abbot: Ajahn Sudanto.


Temple Forest Monastery (Jetavana) – An emerging branch monastery in Temple, New Hampshire. Abbot: Ajahn Jayanto.




Tisarana Buddhist Monastery – A branch monastery in Perth, Ontario. Abbot: Ajahn Viradhammo.


Arrow River Forest Hermitage – A small, related hermitage in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Abbot: Ajahn Punnadhammo.


Sitavana (Birken Forest Monastery) – A related monastery and retreat center in British Columbia. Abbot: Ajahn Sona.




Amaravati Buddhist Monastery – The main monastery in England, with communities of monks and nuns, and a retreat center. Founded by Ajahn Sumedho. Abbot: Ajahn Amaro.


Cittaviveka (Chithurst Buddhist Monastery) – The first Ajahn Chah forest monastery outside of Thailand. Founded by Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho, with communities of monks and nuns. Abbot: Ajahn Karuniko.


Aruna Ratanagiri (Harnham Buddhist Monastery) – A branch monastery in Northumberland, near the Scottish border. Abbot: Ajahn Munindo.


Hartridge Buddhist Monastery – A small branch in the Devon countryside. Abbot: Ajahn Jutindharo.


The Forest Hermitage (Wat Pah Santidhamma) – A small branch of Wat Pah Pong in Warwickshire, England. Abbot: Ajahn Khemadhammo.


Milntuim Hermitage, in Perthshire, Scotland, is a place where nuns can live in a female community or on solitary retreat. Abbess: Ajahn Candasiri.




Dhammapala Kloster – A branch in Switzerland. Main languages are German and English. Annual newsletters are also produced in French and Thai. Abbot: Ajahn Khemasiri.


Santacittarama Monastero – A branch in Italy. Three main languages: Italian, Thai, and English. Abbot: Ajahn Chandapalo.


The Portuguese Vihara (Sumedharama) – A new branch monastery near Lisbon, Portugal. Abbot: Ajahn Vajiro


Muttodaya Waldkloster – A loosely related forest monastery in Germany, with websites in German, English and Thai. Abbot: Ajahn Cattamalo.


Skiptvet Buddhist Monastery is a newly established associated forest monastery in Norway, not far from Oslo. Abbot: Ajahn Kalyano.




Wat Nong Pah Pong – Ajahn Chah’s monastery in Ubon Rajathani, Thailand. This is the main monastery for the Ajahn Chah community. The website is in Thai. Abbot: Ajahn Liem.


Wat Pah Nanachat – The ‘International Forest Monastery’. Wat Pah Nanachat was established by Ajahn Chah, who asked Ajahn Sumedho to be the first abbot. Located a few miles from Wat Pah Pong, it is the main monastery in Thailand for Western monks in the Ajahn Chah community. Abbot: Ajahn Kevali.


Wat Marp Jan – A branch in Rayong Province, which also accepts Westerners who wish to become monks. Abbot: Ajahn Anan.


Wat Boonyawad – A branch in Chonburi Province, which also accepts Westerners who wish to become monks. Abbot: Ajahn Dtun.


Wat Ratanawan – A branch in Korat Province, where English-speaking monks live and train alongside Thai monks. Abbot: Ajahn Nyanadhammo.


Anandagiri Forest Monastery – A branch in Petchabun Province where English-speaking monks from the Ajahn Chah community live and train. Abbot: Ajahn Achalo.




Buddha Bodhivana Monastery – Buddha Bodhivana is a branch located in East Warburton, about one and a half hours from Melbourne. Abbot: Ajahn Kalyano.


Wat Buddha Dhamma – A remote branch located in Dharug National Park, New South Wales, outside of Sydney. Abbot: Ajahn Khemavaro.


Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage – A small branch in the quiet hills outside of Brisbane. Abbot: Ajahn Dhammasiha.


Vimokkharam Forest Hermitage – A small hermitage outside of Melbourne. Abbot: Ajahn Hasapañño.


New Zealand


Bodhinyanarama – A branch established by Ajahn Sumedho in the mid eighties, near Wellington. Abbot: Ajahn Kusalo.


Vimutti Buddhist Monastery – A branch outside of Auckland. Abbot: Ajahn Chandako.


Other Links

Jeta Grove Foundation is the religious non-profit organization which is responsible for Temple Forest Monastery. Donations to this monastery, and other financial information, can be found on the Jeta Grove website. 


Contemplative poetry selected by Ajahn Sucitto and Ajahn Abhinando