Muttodaya Forest Monastery

The forest monastery is a dwelling place for monks, novices and ordinands. Guests who want to participate in the monastic life and are willing to adapt to the routine and discipline are welcome as the monastic community sees fit.

The monastery is not some kind of spiritual hostel or guesthouse,
nor a retreat centre, a seminar centre or a temple serving a particular cultural purpose.

The name
“Muttodaya” means Liberated Heart in Pali, the language of early Buddhism. It is a poetic expression of our goal that we are trying to reach. The monks follow the standards of the forest tradition as we can still find it in the Theravada countries (Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia). It is not fixed on a specific lineage or a particular master. It should give an opportunity for those who are seriously interested in practising on the basis of the Dhamma-Vinaya.

The monastic community:

Ajahn Cattamalo Bhikkhu is the senior monk. Born in Germany, he was ordained in the Wat Nong Pa Pong tradition of Venerable Ajahn Chah, N.E. Thailand in the year 1988. He spent 7 years in various monasteries throughout Thailand practising and studying with different meditation teachers of the forest tradition. For 13 years he lived at Bodhinyana Monastery in Perth, Australia. The last 5 years he was the vice-abbot there, helping Ajahn Brahmavamso.

Ashin Ottama Bhikkhu born Czech, now Swiss, was ordained in 1992 in Burma.

Ajahn Mettiko Bhikkhu is German. He was ordained in Wat Pa Nam Rin, Chiang Mai in Thailand in the year 2004 and spent four years with Luang Phor Thong Daeng Varapañño at Wat Phra Jao Ton Luang, Chiang Mai, at Wat Pa Nanachat and on tudong in Thailand and Germany. After that he spent some time in New Zealand at Vimutti monastery and on tudong.

Tan Chandako Bhikkhu, Spanish, was ordained in 2011 at Wat Asokaram, Thailand. He trained for 2 years under Luang Phor Thong Daeng and joined Muttodaya resident community in 2015.

Tan Viranando Bhikkhu, German, was ordained in 2013 at Wat Nong Pa Phong, Thailand. He trained for 5 years in Wat Pa Nanachat and other branches of the Ajahn Chah tradition. He joined Muttodaya resident community beginning of 2018.

Four of the five monks speak Thai, five speak German and English.

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