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Wat Pah Nanachat (Thai Forest Monastary) 1

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2015-01-19


The new Sala (meditation hall) of Wat Pah Nanchat. Click on the image to download a larger version.

Wat Pah Nanachat (Thai: วัดป่านานาชาติ, International Forest Monastery) is situated in a small forest in northeast Thailand about 15 kilometres from the city of Ubon Rachathani. It is an international forest monastery primarily for non-Thais. The late Ajahn Chah established the monastery in 1975 to serve as a training community for non-Thais along traditional monastic lines. Its monks, novices and postulants include a wide range of nationalities. The primary language of communication and instruction is English.[1]

History

The main meditation hall of Wat Pah Nanachat, the International Forest Monastery in Ubon Rachathani, Thailand.

Wat Pah Nanachat, Warin Chamrap, Thailand. View Full Map >>
The monastery was founded in response to increasing international interest, particularly from the United Kingdom, in the theravadin forest tradition of Thailand. The first abbot of Wat Pah Nanachat was Ajahn Sumedho, an American bhikkhu trained by Ajahn Chah at Wat Nong Pah Pong, the mother house of Wat Pah Nanachat. Today, as a consequence, students of the Thai forest tradition are found in branch monasteries around the world under the collective label of The Forest Sangha.[2] The largest monastery of this network is Amaravati Monastery, about 30 miles north of London. Its abbot was Ajahn Sumedho, who recently relinquished the post to Ajahn Amaro (ex-co-abbot of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California).

Meditation

Buddhist meditation practice of all types is encouraged at Wat Pananachat, though breathing meditation predominates. In the spirit of Ajahn Chah's teachings, vipassanā, or insight, and samatha, or concentration, are regarded as two sides of a coin rather than two distinct categories.


Sign with teaching of Ajahn Chah in front of the kitchen at Wat Pah Nanachat. Click on the image to download a larger version.
Lay visitors are expected to observe the eight precepts version of sila, or the practice of virtue. For monks, strict adherence to the Vinaya, the 2,500-year-old code of discipline, is not only required but is the distinguishing characteristic of the lineage. For lay visitors, no formal meditation teaching is available beyond Dhamma talks and what may be derived from freely available reading matter, the priority being the formal training of the full-time mendicants.

Visiting

Prospective visitors to the wat are advised to write well in advance, as facilities are somewhat limited. Men staying for more than a few days are required to shave their heads, as well as facial hair and eyebrows. Laypeople dress in modest white clothing, borrowed from the monastery if necessary.


“Wat Pah Nanachat (Thai Forest Monastary) 1.” Click on the video to play it. View Full Video >>
Laywomen wear black skirts with white blouses. Venerable Ajahn Kevali, abbot since 2007, encourages a more communal atmosphere than perhaps earlier had been the case. Guests are expected to take part in all daily activities. Following is a summary of a typical daily schedule:

  • 3:00 a.m. Wakeup
  • 3:30 a.m. Morning meeting in the main sala (hall) for Buddhist chant
  • 6:00 a.m. Sweeping the grounds – a vigorous meditative practice; laity helping in the kitchen and accompanying the monks making rounds (Pindabat) for alms
  • 8:00 a.m. Dāna, offering food so collected to the monks, followed by the daily meal for others
  • 9:30 a.m. Daily Dhamma reflections and advice for practice by the abbot or senior monks
  • 10:00 a.m. Work period (daily chores, cleaning, or community projects)

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  • 11:00 a.m. Time for private meditation, all through the day
  • 4:30 p.m. Tea time, brief communal meeting
  • 6:15 p.m. Evening meeting in the main hall for evening chanting and communal meditation
  • 7:45 p.m. Private meditation in the main Sala or back in the dwelling
  • 9:30 p.m. Rest

On Observance Days (uposatha), the schedule may vary somewhat as monks and laity alike attempt to sit in meditation all through the night till 5:00 in the morning.

Abbots

  • Ajahn Sumedho (1975–1977)[3]
  • Ajahn Pabhakaro (1977–1979)
  • Ajahn Jagaro (1979–1982)
  • Ajahn Pasanno (1982–1996)

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    Ajahn Jayasaro (1996–2002)[4]
  • Ajahn Nyanadhammo (2002–2007)
  • Ajahn Kevali (2007–present)[5]

Getting There

The monastery is in Isaan, the north-eastern region of Thailand, in the district or amphoe of Warin Chamrap, Ubon Ratchathani Province, Tambon Bung Wai.

To Ubon Ratchathani: There are more than seven flights to Ubon from Don Mueang in Bangkok. Overnight sleeper [6] from Bangkok, as well as other trains and buses are available. To Wat Pah Nanachat: Once in Ubon, going to Wat Pah Nanachat is straightforward and there are a few options. Any buses in Ubon bound for Si Saket drive past the Wat, simply ask the driver to be let off there. Another option is to take a bus to Warin Chamrap, where you can take a Songthaew to the Wat. It's also possible to hire a tuk-tuk or taxi to the wat from the airport, bus or train stations.

Mailing Address


Monastery sign at main entrance. Click on the image to download a larger version.
Wat Pah Nanachat,
Bahn Bung Wai,
Amphoe Warin Chamrap,
Ubon Ratchathani 34310,
Thailand

(Thai: วัดป่านานาชาติ บ้านบุ่งหวาย อำเภอวารินชำราบ จังหวัดอุบลราชธานี ๓๔๓๑๐)


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Giving almsfood. Click on the image to download a larger version.

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Buddha statue in the ordination hall (bot) of Wat Pah Nanachat: Turning the wheel of Dhamma. Click on the image to download a larger version.

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The shrine area with the new Buddha statue. Click on the image to download a larger version.

Chanting in the new Dhamma hall of Wat Pah Nanachat. Click on the image to download a larger version.

Evening meeting at Wat Pah Nanachat. Click on the image to download a larger version.

The new Sala (Hall) of Wat Pah Nanachat on the night before the Kathina Ceremony in October 2011. On this occasion many monks and laypeople gather to listen to Dhamma teachings by various visiting teachers all through the night. Click on the image to download a larger version.

May all be happy and well!

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Pah_Nanachat

Website: http://watpahnanachat.org

Photos: https://ssl.panoramio.com/photo/94105846

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