(According to the vinaya a new day starts at dawn, not at midnight.
This is of significance for the monks' way of life...)
- End of the year 2018 news
The Thai prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti came several times for a visit.
Building:The stairs in the monks area were reinforced, sanded and recoated (Ashin Ottama).
Renovation of the Dana room has started in December.
bhikkhus spend the rains
together (Tan Ajahn Cattamalo, Ashin Ottama, Ajahn Mettiko,
Tan Chandako, Tan Viranando). The quorum for a Kathina was thus
fulfilled. Kathina cloth was offered on the 28th October. The
Kathina was spread by Ajahn Mettiko.
- News before the rains retreat 2018
The second Muttodaya meditation retreat took place under the guidance of Ajahn Cattamalo at Buddhayana-Haus, Stadel.
The well equipment and the central heating equipment needed some repair and replacement.
A second tent roof was tailor made for the nothern part of the terrace.
The dilapidated roof of the women's kuti
was replaced. Ant friendly insulation of Styrofoam was replaced
by glass wool. (outside: Gero, inside: T. Viranando plus helpers)
was completely renovated: the walls got drainage, new tiles and
plaster; new floor tiles, new equipment. (Dietmar, helpers and
The heating room was completely renovated inside: floor tiles, new paint, new sink and so on. (A. Ottama singlehanded)
A roofed meditation platform
at the lotus pond was built in Pamsukula style, i.e., only leftover
wood was used (construction, drawing: A. Mettiko, building: Frank and
Visitors with upasampada (according to seniority):
LP Udom Ñanarato, Wat Sathitdhammavararam, Bueng Kan, Thailand, 69 vassa, 92 years old, came 1st - 2nd July
Tan Ajahn Dtun Thiracitto, Wat Boonyawat, Chonburi, Thailand, 43 vassa, came 25th June - 2nd July
Ajahn Tejapañño, British, Wat Boonyawat, see above, 25 vassa, came with TA Dtun
Ajahn Kantapañño, German, Wat Phoo Pha Daeng, Udon, Thailand, 10 vassa, came 3rd - 10th June
Tan Bodhinando, German, Ajahn Chah tradition, 8 vassa came in April/May for a couple of weeks
U Viraga, German, Pa Auk tradition, Burma, 2 vassa, came with permission of his Nissayacariya for 3 weeks in May
Ayya Phalañani, German bhikkhuni, Aneñjavihara, 9 vassa, came 22nd bis 27th June
10 Years Muttodaya - Celebration on 27th May 2018
than 300 friends of the monastery participated in the festivities of
our 10th anniversary. Rice pindapata, forest cloth ceremony,
slide show, movie show, paritta chanting, meditation and speeches
by our honorary guests. Monks and guests were fed by many food donors
Singer's dana noodle shop.
VIPs: Royal Thai Ambassador of Embassy Berlin,
Mrs Aurapin Leelittham, Consul Mrs Phanchita Rommayanont from
Royal Thai General Consulate Munich, Vice Landrat and 1st mayor of
Naila, Mr Frank Stumpf and 1st mayor of Stammbach, Mr Karl-Philip
- End of the year 2017 news
The Thai prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti came several times for a visit.
- News before the rains retreat 2017
The first Muttodaya meditation retreat took place under the guidance of Ajahn Mettiko at Buddhayana-Haus, Stadel.
kuti 2: interior and a roofed and walled entrance terrace has been
finished (A. Ottama, A.Mettiko, Benni). In Trailer kuti 1 furniture was
Website: all Mutto-Talks (in 3 languages) plus pictures and texts have been combined into our MEDIATHEK ( Alex).
The workshop has been equipped, refurbished, upgraded ... (A.Ottama).
LP Liem Thitadhammo (head of the Ajahn Chah tradition), Ajahn Kevali, Ajahn Moshe, Ajahn Amnat (2nd to 5th May)
LP Sopha Uttamo (Ajahn Chah tradition, from Khorat province), Ajahn Pakorn ( 27th June to 5th July)
Khruba Khantiko (he now lives in a small mountain hermitage in Chiang Mai province - 20th to 31st May)
Ven. Samita (our former Anagarika Markus, who was ordained in Sri Lanka and lives there - 24th March to 22nd April)
Four bhikkhus spend the rains
together (Tan Ajahn Cattamalo, Ashin Ottama, Ajahn Mettiko and
Tan Chandako). The quorum for the recitation of Patimokkha is thus fulfilled.
- End of the year 2016 news
new fully insulated trailor kuti was built according to our
specifications (by carpenter Mr Huchler) which now serves as a fourth 4
seasons accomodation in the forest. The interior will be finished next
Ven. Sambodhi (Czech) came for a three week visit
- News before the rains retreat 2016
Building:Improvement of facilities at
the Mahathera kuti,
repair of the old terrace wall
improvement of our well water supply
(projects are finished or almost finished)
Ven. Ekaggato (Luang Ta Farang, USA) came for a visit from Thailand.
For the first time five bhikkhus spend the rains
together (Tan Ajahn Cattamalo, Ashin Ottama, Ajahn Mettiko, Tan Thiracitto and
Tan Chandako). The quorum for the recitation of Patimokkha
and a Kathina is thus fulfilled.
- End of the year 2015 news
chimney head of the kitchen chimney was repaired and plastered (Jörg).
An "adult" box tree (donated by Eddie) has been integrated into
the pond hedge by Michael and team. Michael also replaced the broken
handles at the garage doors. Benni made a new lid for our well.
In September Thich Thong Trach, the vice abbot of Amitayus monastery (Vietnamese Zen and Pure Land Buddhism), came for a visit.
Ajahn Sujato, an Australian scholar monk, came in December for a 3 days visit.
- News before the rains retreat 2015
stupa / rose hill received
intensive gardening treatment (by Michael and team). The platform on
top was repaired (2xKlaus and Remo). The chimney of the kitchen oven
new roof (built by Benni) and other repair. On the outside terrace a
beautiful sun shade (built by David) replaced the old ugly party
tent. The monastery well, water supply machinery and waste water
plant needed and received repair and improvement. The broken tiles at
the main entrance were replaced (Jörg). The main building
had to be equipped with a new set of wireless connected smoke
detectors. The garages were repaired and made fit into the overall
design of the main building (Dietmar and A. Mettiko). The cellar of the
bathroom building at kuti 1 got a ventilation system (Gero and Eddie).
The big wood shed got a new weather protection paint coat (A. Mettiko).
A special thank you to Alexander who helps solving computer problems on
an ongoing basis.
Many thanks to all donors and helpers!
Further building and development
projects (e.g. improving the facilities for aged visiting monks at
the Mahathera kuti, replacing the old terrace wall) had to be
postponed due to financial reasons.
Visiting meditation masters 2015:
Luang Phor Bunmee Dhammarato, Thai,
abbot of Wat Tam Dtao, 40 rains, came with his attendant, Ajahn Ek.
He inspired us with a whole series of Dhamma talks.
Bhante Gunaratana, Sri Lanka/USA, abbot
of Bhavana Society, at 68 rains the most senior monk ever to visit
us, came with his attendant, Ven. Mangala, USA. It was a source of
joy to listen to Dhamma from Bhante G and an honour to do the
recitation of Patimokkha with him.
Again four bhikkhus spend the rains
together (Tan Ajahn Cattamalo, Ajahn Mettiko, Ajahn Kantadhammo and
Tan Chandako from Spain). The quorum for the recitation of Patimokkha
is thus fulfilled.
- End of the year 2014 news
main building got yet more insulation and the new plaster and paint job
could be completed. New slate window sills and a fresh painted main
sign board finally make the main building a beautiful sight.
The rafters of the barn were reinforced to keep ahead of the woodworms' work.
Many thanks to the many helpers and donors.
Khruba Dan Thiracitto, a German monk living in Thailand came for a 10 day visit.
has been finished. A hedge (with thorns and flowers) has been
planted around the pond and reeds and others water plants have been
planted in the shallow water zone.
The wood shed
has received the long needed gutter.
meditation masters 2014:
The visit of the following monks was an honour and inspiration:
Ven. Kusalasami (Burmese, resident at Bodhi
Luang Phor Liem Thitadhammo (T, Abbot of Wat Nong Pa Pong, head of the
Tan Ajahn Jundee Kantadhammo (T, Abbot of Wat Pa Ambavan, Chonburi, has
been our guest in 2011 already)
Ajahn Siripañño (MY, Abbot of Wat Tao Dam)
Ajahn Kevali (D, Abbot of Wat Pa Nanachat)
Ajahn Khemavaro (US, Abbot of Wat Buddhadhamma Australia)
Tan Ajahn Dtun Thiracitto, (T, Wat Boonyawas)
the first time in Muttodaya's history four bhikkhus will be spending
the vassa together, so that there is opportunity to recite the
patimokkha rules on every Uposatha day (full and new moon): Tan Ajahn
Cattamalo, Ajahn Mettiko, Tan Ron Kantadhammo and Tan Khantiko.
has been filled with water from a nearby creek and a fence has been
errected for safety reasons. The fence will be replaced by a hedge.
- End of the year 2013 news
The bathroom building
at kuti 1 has been finished. The bathroom building makes life for the
sangha easier. Walking 200 metres to the toilet in the main building
used to be really tough in the winter and in times of sickness. During
the visitors' season up to seven monks had to share the one and only
shower. With finishing this project, this belongs to the past. A big
thankyou and Sadhu anumodana to all those who helped by donating work
- End of rains retreat news 2013
The trailer kuti
was connected to main electricity. Insulation of walls and ceiling had
to be replaced. The trailer kuti got a new flooring and wall lining,
bathroom building at kuti 1: connected to well
supply and monastery's own sewage system; building is almost done.
and sealing for a lotus pond has been done. This pond will serve as a
for the fire brigade (required by law for public buildings which are
not connected to public water supply).
Phor Khamphong and Ajahn Moshe (Thailand, tradition of Ajahn Chah)
Ven. Sarananda (Sri Lanka)
Ajahn Kevali (German, abbot of Wat Pa Nanachat) and Ajahn Ex (Wat Nong
Ajahn Dhammasiha and Samanera Cittapalo (German, residing in Australia)
Ven. Samita (German, residing in Sri Lanka = our Ex-Anagarika Markus)
As of February 2013 the new guest handbook is in effect (link at Visiting). Among a
few minor corrections this is the major improvement:
arrival all electronic devices have to be handed over to the guest
monk for safekeeping during your stay! This
includes mobile phones, all types of computer, ebook readers, mps3
players and so on. Even better: Do not bring them with you.
Please manage your private and business affairs before coming here,
so that you can have a break from the outside world while you are at
monastery telephone (home
line) is available during office hours only in case of emergency
and only after obtaining permission
from a monk.
monastery provides mp3 players
for use during your stay. You are welcome to use the well-equipped
- End of the year 2012 news
friend Paul Sharman from Australia walked the Saint Jacob's trail on
foot. He covered the whole distance from our monastery to Santiago de
Compostella (about 2500 km or so) in 4 months, arriving there just in
time before Christmas.
The trailer kuti got nicer interior and a floor insulation. The main
building got an outer insulation and a solar warm water system.
Phor Bunchuu Thitaguno, Luang Phor Kham Nisoko, Luang
Phor Damrong Sucitto
and Luang Phor Khuun Tikaviro,
Ajahn Chah tradition.
Phor Thong Daeng Varapañño, Wat Phra Jao Ton Luang (Dh), Chiang Mai
Khrujahn Ton Dhammarato, Wat Pa Dan
Vivek (Dh), Bueng Kan
An anti-roof avalanche railing has been installed on the main building.
The well water supply has been improved by the installation of an
- End of the year 2011 news
do an official sangha transaction (sanghakamma) in a Buddhist monastery
a determined territory, a so called sima is necessary. It is of
advantage if the monastic community itself determines a tailor made
territory which suits the specific needs, e.g. around an ordination
hall. In Asia every fully established monastery has such a "tied-off"
sima, but in Europe there are but a few, for example in Amaravati
- Sima consecration on November 6th 2010
On Nov. 6th, 2010 Muttodaya sangha
established such a baddhasima. Two monks each from Metta Vihara and
Bodhi Vihara monasteries helped on the day before the ceremony with
preliminary duties (revoking any unknown previous sima). During the
sanghakamma for determining the new sima, Luang Phor Sanong Katapuñño
(Wat Sanghathaan, Thailand) was the presiding senior monk.
mark the territory granit balls were used. They had been dangling
suspended on wooden frames above dug holes in the ground for the last 4
months. More than 300 guests plastered them with gold leaves. Some of
them had travelled from afar (Singapore, Malaysia ...).
exactly 14.14 hrs. (2.14 p.m.) the patrons, among them the Royal Thai
Ambassador, cut the ropes and made the balls drop into the earth. A few
days later eklogite boulders with brass plaquettes were placed on top
as a visible sign. Eklogite is a very heavy and hard mineral which is
quite rare. The boulders which are 500 Mio years old were donated by
the mayor of Stammbach, Mr Ehrler.
Half an hour after
"dropping the pinballs" the sangha kamma for establishing the sima took
place. An impressive sight: 11 bhikkhus from 7 countries. Later
patimokkha was recited in the brand new sima and Ven. Kaccayana
finished the day in a worthy way with his talk on sense restraint "Sima
of the Heart".
photos on our photo page and on following links:
[Cheng Geok Thong's gallery]
[Jian Jen Thong's gallery]
[Simatrix - Mutto-Minimovie]
[Muttodaya Sima - Muttomovie]
winterproof monks' kuti is near to completion.
The cellar in the main building got wall plastering, a door and a
concrete floor. It contains the new well water filter system which
provides officially approved drinking water for every tap in the house.
The info room received a new ceiling, the gas containers a weather
proof box. The small wood shed was renovated and the big one was roofed
with tiles. Several rooms in the main building became more colourful
due to some paint jobs. The central heating room and the
got new floors. A beautiful shrine for our even more beautiful new
buddha image was built in the Dhamma hall. The Dhamma hall windows and
other windows were adorned with Dhamma wheel stickers (the real reason
was to prevent birds from flying against the glass and breaking their
necks). At the Dhamma hall entrance a brass sign "Ger Stahl-Dhamma
halle" dedicates the hall to our first main sponsor without whom this
monastery would not exist.
path for walking meditation near kuti 1 was improved. Underground
cables connect kuti 1 and consecutively kuti 2 with electricity. The
meadow behind the main building was turned into a forest - more than
500 trees were planted.
We have a new (second hand) monastery car with the auspicious license
number HO-TU 108.
Two booklets for free distribution were printed (sorry, German only!).
A number of monks and nuns came for a visit, among them Ajahn Jayasaro
and Luang Phor Thong Daeng Varapañño,
monastics of Muttodaya visited Bodhi-Vihara monastery, Freising for a
recitation of the Patimokkha (10 monks attending!) and for networking
with other monasteries in Germany.
Many, many thanks and "Sadhu, anumodana" to all the generous helpers
and donors who made this positive development happen!
Year 2009 News
winterproof kuti has been finished. It has become a quiet, warm and
place of retreat which is now inhabited by Tan Mettiko. His former
accomodation, a trailer, is no longer needed (no-one else wants to stay
and is to be “exchanged” for building material. The building of kuti 2
tasks of renovation around the main building and barn have been
Improvement of the water supply is still to be done: replacing 200 m of
underground cable to the well pump, a water filtering device complying
strict German law.
behind the house will be turned into forest. The application process is
Along the main path Michael has planted 10 taller trees as some kind of
border of the monastery land.
existing forest is being rejuvenated gradually. Tightly standing trees
being thinned out. Firewood for our modern wood central heating has
chopped; our own harvest should be enough for this winter.
21st we got a new Anagarika. Markus Garz asked
for the eight
precepts and the one-year training in order to prepare for novice
Asalha Puja Day, the full moon in July, with a little help from our
friends (bhikkhus from Freising), we could complete the
quorum (4 bhikkhus minimum) for our first patimokkha recitation at the
monastery. The recitation of the 227 rules is something special,
because it establishes a monastic communion (samvasa) and reconfirms
the ordination lineage going all the way back to the Buddha. A truly
auspicious event! It got even better when in the afternoon relics were
enshrined underneath the Buddha statue on top of our new stupa. The
stupa was then dedicated to the 28 Buddhas of the past, in a little
ceremony performed by 5 bhikkhus and attended by about 50 lay people.
- First Patimokkha Recitation
- Message from Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
his early years as a monk in Burma and Sri Lanka, Ven. Nyanatiloka had
of establishing a Buddhist monastery in Europe to serve as a base for
spread of the Dhamma across the Continent. In 1910, he actually
Europe in the hope of realizing his dream. Conditions in Europe,
far from favorable for this purpose, and thus, after several months, he
returned to Sri Lanka. Here he established the Island Hermitage, a
for Westerners on Ratgama Lagoon, which became the ordination home of
esteemed monks from Western countries, including the German
Now, almost a century after Ven. Nyanatiloka gave up on his dream, the
requisite supporting conditions have come together and led to the
Muttodaya, a Theravada monastery inhabited by European monks,
the heart of Germany. To live the renunciant life in the midst of a
country requires a rare combination of qualities. It needs courage to
challenging conditions, patience to meet incomprehension and rejection
others, and compassion in persisting to teach the Dhamma so that people
grow in faith and wisdom.
As they complete their first year of residence at Muttodaya, I
monks of the monastery for undertaking this great task and thereby
fulfill the original ideal of Ven. Nyanatiloka. I also express my
to their lay supporters for assisting the monks and contributing to
endeavor, which opens an important new chapter in the history of
(see also our photo page)
- Development at the monastery
after the rains:
Kathina celebration Bhante Anuruddha (Mettavihara) and Tan Nyanadassano
(Amaravati) came for a visit and helped to sew the Kathina robe.
winter Ajahn Vimalo, Ajahn Kongrit and Ajahn Hasakhorn came from
England (Amaravati) and stayed for a while. Also Ajahn Kevali (Wat Pah
Nanachat), Bhante Sukhacitto (Amaravati) and Bhikkhu Thitadhamma (Bodhi
Vihara Freising) have come for a visit. Lama Lhündrup came for 2 days
for some intertradition dialogue.
Meditation master Tan Pu Ton Dhammarato from Wat Pa Darn
Vivek, Nong Khai, Thailand, came for a 4 days visit end of June - a
real blessing for all who took the opportunity to listen to his Dhamma
straight from the heart and were touched by his metta.
Our wood shed
is done. Because of its extended roof it can also be used for outdoor
walking meditation if the weather is bad.
Renovation of the Dhamma
is finished. It has become an inspiring, quiet place, inviting
meditation. Thanks to our many helpers, esp. Dietmar,
Herbert, Klaus, Manfred und Beate.
The monastery sign
was finally mounted after the danger of roof avalanches was over. Many
thanks to Leo who donated it.
Almost 100 trees
were planted to turn the meadow behind the main building into a forest.
Good job by Jason, Jochen and Philip.
Work on 2 fully insulated kutis
(huts) which can be used in the winter has begun.
Phase one of our stupa
project has been finished as well.
the 25th May there was a Vesak (Visakha) celebration
formal dedication of the monastery to the monks' community
(bhikkhu-sangha) of the four quarters, present and future. About 60
people from all parts of Germany have gathered for this occasion. Among
them were sponsors who made the purchase of the property possible
through their generous donations. After the actual dedication, the
monks chanted auspicious Paritta texts in Pali. Apart from two resident
monks (Ajahn Cattamalo, Bhikkhu Gavesako) there were also three
visiting monks (Ajahn Chachwan, Bhante Sukhacitto, Ajahn Kevali). They
were representing the Sangha which, according to the Vinaya, is a group
of four or more monks.