Due to the COVID pandemic the informations on this website are temporarily and partially not up to date. The following details override all other statements for the time being:

1. Bookings as overnight guest are suspended.
2. Bringing food donations and work contributions are not possible. It is possible to deposit food donations in the entrance area. (If you plan to bring cooked food please announce your gift beforehand.)
3. All public events are cancelled.
4. The monks' walking for alms is suspended.
5. Visits by meditation masters are cancelled.

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. He has lived at Muttodaya since the beginning.

Ashin Ottama Bhikkhu born Czech, now Swiss, was ordained in 1992 in Burma. He spent 12 years at Dhammapala monastery in Switzerland and 7 years at Santacittarama in Italy before he joined Muttodaya in 2016.

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. He has lived at Muttodaya since the beginning.

Tan Thiracitto Bhikkhu, German, was ordained 2011 at Wat Bodhisomphon, Udon Thani, Thailand. He spent most of his time as a junior monk under Tan Ajahn Nipon Abhipasanno (Wat Pa Sala Noi). Since July 2019 he stays at Muttodaya for the second time.

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.

Four  monks speak Thai, all five speak German and English.

The monastic community Muttodaya does not run a blog and does not participate in "social networks". If you encounter any Facebook, Twitter or similar accounts, or a Blog bearing the name "Muttodaya", please be aware:  THEY ARE FAKE!

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