Kathina 2020 Announcement

September 14, 2020

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Forest Dhamma Monastery is strictly following all recommended guidelines to ensure the health and safety of the monastic community and its lay supporters. As a necessary precaution the monastery has refrained from holding any large public gatherings this year. Because of continuing uncertainty surrounding the spread of coronavirus, we feel it would not be prudent to hold an in-person Kathina Ceremony this fall. Considering the potential risks to the wellbeing and safety of both monks and lay participants, we have decided to cancel the Kathina event we had previously scheduled for the month of October.

Our monastic community has thankfully avoided the virus and continues to live in relative comfort and security. This good fortune is due in no small part to the kind thoughts and generous and caring support everyone has given us. Your contributions to the welfare of the monastery are always most helpful and much appreciated. Donations to the monastery’s general upkeep can be made through the website’s Support Page. 

As always, we wish you blessings in your Dhamma practice and good health, happiness, prosperity in your daily life. 

Sāmanera Ordination

May 18, 2020

On the morning of May 18, 2020 Simuntarya Ang took sāmanera ordination in the main Sala at Forest Dhamma Monastery. Ajaan Dick Sīlaratano presided over the ceremony and administered the 10 sāmanera precepts. Due to precautions pertaining to COVID-19, it was not possible for the general public to attend the ceremony. 

Bhikkhu Ordination

July 13, 2019

In a ceremony held in the main uposatha hall at Wat Yarna Rangsee in Sterling, VA and presided over by Phra Khru Siridhammavithes, on July 13, 2019 Eugene Long, a long-term resident of Forest Dhamma Monastery, took the next step in his monastic training when he entered the monastic Sangha as a bhikkhu. Bhikkhu Gene was given the Pāli name Caranadhammo, which means “one who progresses with Dhamma.” Gene Charanadhammo becomes the newest member of the Forest Dhamma monastic community.

Bhikkhu Ordination

April 7, 2019

On the morning of Sunday, April 7, 2019 Trent Moyer, Forest Dhamma Monastery’s resident sāmanera, took the next step in his monastic training when he entered the monastic Sangha as a bhikkhu. The upajjhāya, Chao Khun Thepkittivimon, presided as over the formal ordination ceremony, which took place in the main uposatha hall at Wat Buddha Bucha in Atlanta, GA. Bhikkhu Trent was given the Pāli name Kovido, which means “one who possesses wisdom.”

Sāmanera Ordination

April 7, 2019

As part of the above ordination ceremony on April 7, 2019, Anagārika Gene Long took the next step in his monastic training when he entered the Sangha as a novice monk or sāmanera. Ajaan Dick Sīlaratano administered the ten sāmanera precepts to Gene, who is now working toward the goal of becoming a fully-fledged monk in the future

Kathina Ceremony 2018

September 24, 2018

You are invited to join us for this year’s Kathina offering ceremony, which will be held at Forest Dhamma Monastery on Sunday, October 28, 2018, from 8 am to noon. The address is 255 Snakefoot Lane, Lexington, VA 24450.

The Kathina offering has been an ongoing tradition since the time of the Buddha. Each year at the end of the three-month Rains Retreat, the lay supporters of Buddhist monasteries have gathered to celebrate the completion of the retreat and to present the community of monks with gifts of cloth and supplies that will be useful for the coming year. The Kathina is initiated by lay supporters who request the opportunity to organize the preparation and the formal offerings. It has always been considered a very special opportunity for donors to join in and develop the virtue of generosity together. You are welcome to come for all or any part of the day.

The alms round begins at about 8 am. After serving the monks, the lay people are welcome to enjoy a meal from the abundance of food offered. The ceremonial offering of the Kathina cloth will begin around 11 am.

If you are unable to attend in person, please join us in spirit.

Ajaan Paññāvaddho’s Dhamma translated into Italian

September 13, 2018

Maria Barzoi, a member of the Santacittarama lay community in Italy, has recently finished translating the Dhamma teaching section of Uncommon Wisdom ― The Life and Teachings of Ajaan Paññāvaḍḍho into Italian. The translation was ably supervised by Ajahn Mahāpañño of Santacittarama. All 12 chapters of the teaching section, plus the introduction and a short biographical sketch of Ajaan Paññāvaḍḍho, have been published in PDF and ePub formats and are offered for free download at this link.

Also freely available on saddha, the website created and run by a group of friends of the Santacittarama Monastery, are all 4 sections of the DVD The Dhamma of Ajaan Paññāvaḍḍho with Italian subtitles. The DVD can be downloaded at

Anumodana sadhu to Ajahn Mahāpañño, Maria and the Santacittarama lay community.

Novice Ordination

August 12, 2018

On the morning of August 12, 2018 two of Forest Dhamma Monastery’s resident white-robed anagārikas, Trent Moyer and Nathan Hershey, took the next step in their monastic training when they took ordination as novice monks or sāmaneras. Ajaan Dick Sīlaratano presided over the ceremony and administered the sāmanera precepts. Sāmanera Trent and Sāmanera Nathan are now working toward their goal of becoming fully-fledged monks in the future.

Anagārika Ordination

July 28, 2018

On July 28, 2018 Gene Long took the first step toward becoming a monk at Forest Dhamma Monastery when he formally put on white robes and took the precepts of an anagārika. The ceremony was held in the main hall at Forest Dhamma Monastery with Ajaan Dick Sīlaratano administering the precepts.

Bhikkhu Ordination

July 14, 2018

In a ceremony held at Wat Buddha Bucha in Atlanta, GA and presided over by Chao Khun Thepkittiwimon, on July 14, 2018 Chris Ornelas, a long-term resident of Forest Dhamma Monastery, was ordained as a monk. Bhikkhu Chris Devadhammo is the newest member of our sangha. He is pictured on the right in the photograph above.

Introduction to the New Website

September 14, 2018

Welcome to Forest Dhamma Monastery’s newly redesigned website. Because our original web pages were based on a now outdated template, one which lacked the cross platform friendliness which is such a feature of today’s web design, we have made a complete overhaul of our website. The present design features are centered around a new Forest Dhamma logo and reflect the evolving direction of the monastic community, one which has advanced from building physical structures to building hearts and minds, from a focus on infrastructure to an emphasis on introspection.

The website’s About pages tell the story of Forest Dhamma Monastery in the context of the forest lineage which is its basis, inviting those who are interested in what the monastery has to offer to come and visit for a while, or perhaps even to turn monastic living into a way of life.

At present the Book section offers 15 original books in English, 21 books in Thai, 5 books translated into Chinese, 4 books into Portuguese, 3 books into German, 3 books into Vietnamese, 2 books into Singhalese, 2 books into Indonesian, 2 books into Spanish, 1 book into French and 1 into Italian. In total we offer 59 Buddhist titles for free download on this site. In addition to that, all our English-language books are now offered on the website as Audiobooks for free download.

Many thanks to our neighbor Dennis Silfer for the photo of the Sala timber frame being erected used as the cover photo for the About History page.


วิสัยทัศน์ที่เป็นหัวใจของวัดอรัญญธรรมาราม คือการนำเสนอการปฏิบัติธรรมแบบชาวพุทธ ตามวิถีของวัดป่าไทย และธำรงรักษาวิถีนี้ไว้ ด้วยการสร้างอาจารย์ผู้ฝึกที่มีความสามารถและมีประสบการณ์ สิ่งนี้คือหน้าที่หลักของสถานปฏิบัติธรรมวัดอรัญญธรรมาราม นามของสถานปฏิบัติธรรมแห่งนี้สะท้อนถึงศักยภาพในการตื่นรู้ทางจิตวิญญาณ ท่ามกลางสภาพแวดล้อมทางธรรมชาติที่สงบสุขของป่าไม้และขุนเขา “วัดอรัญญธรรมาราม” มุ่งมั่นที่จะสร้างชุมชนผู้ฝึกสมาธิ ทุ่มเทในการนำคำสอนของพระพุทธองค์มาปฏิบัติอย่างเป็นรูปธรรม และสนับสนุนการใช้ชีวิตอย่างเรียบง่าย ในสภาพแวดล้อมอันเงียบสงบท่ามกลางธรรมชาติที่โอบล้อม

ที่เว็บไซต์นี้ เราได้รวมหนังสือธรรมะสำคัญ ๆ ทั้ง ๒๑ เล่ม ของท่านอาจารย์พระมหาบัว ญาณสัมปนโน วัดป่าบ้านตาด ซึ่งสามารถดาวน์โหลดได้ พร้อมเสียงเทศนาทุกกัณฑ์ในแต่ละเล่ม คล้ายเป็น audiobook อยู่ในตัวเกือบทุกเล่ม