Bodhi Tree News
First Vipassana Retreats at Bodhi Tree
January Retreats at Bodhi Tree
January 2006 saw the first 10-day intensive Vipassana retreat held at Bodhi Tree, along with a 2-day retreat held earlier in the month with many retreatants actually staying on for the 10-day. All participants enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere of Bodhi Tree, the beautiful wild life and bush land setting, and the teachings of Bhante Pannyavaro, which contributed to some great mindfulness practice!
Our facilities are expanding and we can now comfortably accommodate 15-25 people for the retreats. Our resident cook served up some tasty retreat food for our guests, everybody especially enjoyed the swim in our large natural rock pool with waterfall at the end of the retreat, and the feedback from both retreats was very positive, bringing much joy to Bhante Pannyavaro and Venerable Bodhicitta.
Two Years at Bodhi Tree !!!
One Year at Bodhi Tree !!!
Bodhi Tree has now been operating for two years.
Bhante Pannyavaro and Venerable Bodhicitta (above) with the help of many generous lay volunteers have achieved much in the past year, culminating in our first residential retreats both 2-day and 10-day intensive Insight Meditation (Vipassana) retreats.
Much has been done around the property and buildings including; the clearing of many noxious weeds from the 95 acres, cleaning up our two beautiful creeks and the creation of a large fresh water rock pool, the creation of dormitories for retreatants, expanding our meditation hall, and transforming the old kitchen into a large functioning retreat kitchen as well as much painting and general property maintenance.
We have now secured the property, which includes a covenant that Bodhi Tree will be used for Buddhist practice only and cannot be on sold. Of course, we have still to payback the loan on a monthly basis - so if you can help to support us please use the form below, your kind support is most appreciated.
Our next year should be filled with retreats and much more hard work creating a new meditation hall and dormitory, as well as many covered walking tracks - and of course, getting to know the local wild life with Kangaroos, Wallabies, Echidnas, Koalas, Platypus, Turtles and many species of birds.
The Resident Ordained Sangha
Bodhi Tree's ordained Sangha members are Ven. Bodhicitta, a young Australian monk who is looking after BuddhaNet and currently working on BuddhaNet's 'World Buddhist Directory' database and Ven. Pannyavaro, the senior resident monk.
Making a donation: If you would like to make a donation, you can do so online by clicking here.
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There is no set cost for retreats
The retreats are by Dana. Dana means 'giving'. In the tradition the teachings are given freely, although donations are needed to cover the retreat costs and future teaching programs. For the teachings to continue you can give to support the teachers and the monastery. There is no set cost - the donation is up to you.
Bookings and further information
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Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery
& Retreat Centre
78 Bentley Road
Tullera NSW 2480
Phone: +61 (02) 6628 2426