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Wat Pah Nanachat, Ubon Ratchathani
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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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  • Wat Pah Nanachat is one of the places which we will always visit when we go to Ubon Ratchathani. It is always quiet, calm and peaceful. Preferably, arrive early in the morning before 7am if you would ...  more »
  • This is the so-called "foreigner" ("falang") monstery. Maybe it is legitimate, but being scolded ain't so fun. We got scolded for being there on the wrong day. My daughter got scolded for shorts (fair...  more »
  • 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...  more »