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Wat Pah Nanachat, Ubon Ratchathani

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4.6/5 based on 25 reviews on the web
Wat Pah Nanachat 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.HistoryThe 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. 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).
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  • This temple is more functional (for devotees) than a place to visit for a walk around. The jungle temple is geared for those following Buddhism rather than a casual look by a "tourist". A very credibl...  read more »
  • Is one of the most interesting temples I visited. Note that I come to Thailand for work and paid by 24 years, and I've lived here 1 year. The monks are foreign, mostly Asian, the faithful not only thai only. Is max 10 km from downtown Ubon. Is surrounded by greenery and there is a singular peace. I think a visit worthwhile. I would recommend it if you're from around here.
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  • Clean , Calm and Delightful This place is real buddha, no donation box, monk is doing his duty to concentration , study dhamma, make a contribution to temples such as cleaning leaves in the floor whic...  read more »
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