This forest sangha site functions as a portal page for the Branch Monasteries and Associated Monasteries of disciples of Venerable Ajahn Chah, particularly in the West.
Branch Monasteries: these are monastic residences fully affiliated with Wat Nong Pah Pong, Ajahn Chah's mother monastery in NE Thailand. In most cases they offer training to those wishing to 'go forth'.
Associated Monasteries: these communities may be newly established and in the process of becoming fully affiliated with Wat Nong Pah Pong. Alternatively they may be more loosely linked to our family of monasteries. In some cases they are hermitages functioning as retreat facilities for the main 'Branch Monasteries'. N.B. 'Association' must not be perceived as an endorsement by this fs community. There may also be some monasteries that view themselves as 'associated' with this community but are not listed on this website.
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Contact for questions regarding distribution of books and CDs: For queries regarding your book or CD request contact: Julian
Appreciation: The development of this site has been offered by Kris Quigley of affinity-tech.com.
Design consultancy was offered by Neil Taylor of A.K.A.
The photographs have made available by many contributors. Thanks in particular to Gary Morrison and Chinch Gryniewicz.