Forest Meditation is a website dedicated to the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha. The main purpose of this website is to share Buddha's teachings with whomever that visits these pages. Also, it is my intention to share info on the temples that I have personal knowledge of. Most of what you find here is from the Theravada Tradition, specifically Thai Forest Tradition. Please with any suggestion.

What's New

  • October 6, 2012, 10AM to 1PM
    Self-Transformation Through Self-Observation
    by The Venerable Thanissaro Bhikkhu

    Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Ajaan Geoff)Come and experience Breath Meditation with the Venerable Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Also known to many as Ajaan Geoff, he is an American-born Theravada monk who has been the abbot of Metta Forest Monastery in San Diego, California since 1993. He teaches regularly at BCBS (Barre Center for Buddhist Studies) and throughout the U.S. and has contributed significantly to the Dhamma Dana Publications project. Ajaan Geoff has written several books on Buddhism and meditation. He is fluent in Thai and Pali (the language of early Buddhist writings.)

    Admission is free. Please bring a friend. Vegetarian food will be provided during break.

    RSVP by email to [email protected]
    Dhamma Talk location:
    The Buddhist Temple of America
    5615 Howard Street
    Ontario, CA 91762 New Pagoda at Buddhist Temple of America
  • On May 28 and 29, 2011 there will be a blessing and dedication ceremony to celebratethe newly built pagoda at Buddhist Temple of America. The pagoda will house 108 different relics of the Buddha and other Awakened Ones. Approximately 50 monks will be attending. Monks from different parts of United States, plus 12 Ven. Abbots from 12 Thai forest monasteries and 5 junior monks from other Thai forest monasteries.
  • New audio file, An Invitation to the Devas, recorded by Kat Haysom of Riverside, California. Please see the Blessings section on the Audio File page.
  • 4 new book titles added on Forest Dhamma Books. "Venerable Ajaan Khao Analayo - A True Spiritual Warrior", "Forest Dhamma", "The Dhamma Teachings of Acariya Maha Boowa in London", and "Amata Dhamma - Six Talks on Dhamma".
  • Added Ajaan Paññavaddho's biography, Dhamma talks and photo album.
    Venerable Ajaan Paññavaddho was for 41 years the senior-most Western bhikkhu following Ajaan Mun’s path of practice. Ajaan Panya, as he was called, was a man of intellectual brilliance who, through his own efforts in meditation, was able to establish a strong spiritual foundation in his heart.
  • Bhikkhu Tissa Dispels Some Doubts, by Leonard Price (Buddhist Publication Society Bodhi Leaves No. 102)
    In this delightful fictional dialogue, an earnest but perplexed newcomer to Buddhism brings his basic questions to the wise and patient monk Tissa. A good read for the newcomer or for the veteran meditator who wants a light-hearted back-to-basics pick-me-up.
  • Two Dialogues on Dhamma, by Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano (Buddhist Publication Society Wheel Publication No. 363/364)
    Two more enjoyable dialogues between the fictional monk Tissa and newcomers to Buddhism. In the first story, Tissa helps a well-to-do carefree young man discover that there is, in fact, much more to life than chasing after short-lived pleasures. In the second, Tissa helps a couple sort out a thorny ethical dilemma concerning their livelihood.

The Basics

Beginning Meditation

  • Buddho, by Ajaan Thate
    A simple and practical guide to the use of the meditation phrase, buddho, which is used to settle the mind to the point at which discernment can begin to arise.
  • A Guided Meditation, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
    Basic instructions in the practice of breath meditation.
  • Steps Along the Path, by Ajaan Thate
    A short handbook on the practice of meditation, with tips and recommendations for new and experienced meditators. Of particular interest is Ajaan Thate's discussion of how best to respond when visions and signs arise during the course of meditation practice.

Please use the navigation buttons on the left to further explore this web site.

May you be peaceful and at ease.

Last updated: Saturday, September 22, 2012 5:46 PM

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