Buddha Bodhivana Monastery is a branch monastery of the late Phra Bodhinyana Thera (Venerable Ajahn Chah b.1918 d.1992), the well-known and respected north-east Thai Meditation Master. Venerable Ajahn Kalyano is the Abbot of the monastery and resident teacher.
Buddha Bodhivana Monastery is primarily a training monastery for Buddhist monks (bhikkhus), novices (samaneras) and postulants (anagarikas), but it also provides a supportive environment in which individuals, families, visitors and residents are given the opportunity to be in contact with the principles of the Buddha’s teachings and to cultivate those same qualities in their own lives. The monastery is a place to study, practice and cultivate the central elements of the Buddha’s Path: generosity, virtue, mental cultivation, wisdom, and compassion.
The Bodhgaya Development Association (BDA) is a small organisation set up to support projects in the Bodhgaya region of Bihar State in India. The BDA currently provides funds for two projects. The Pragya Vihar School provides education for children of the very poor who would otherwise receive no schooling. Mahisi Gyanodaya Abhiyan is a literacy project (administered by Sister Jessie) which uses a unique model of self-help for participating villages.
The monastery is situated in the western suburb of Ellen Grove and its premises has been blessed with a flourishing Bo-Tree which not only evokes the deep devotion in the minds of people, but also lifts the aesthetics of the surrounding serene environment. SLBM is maintained by the Buddhist community and it serves the spiritual needs of a large number of devoted Buddhists residing in suburban Brisbane and also, other provincial cities and towns in Queensland. The volunteer work of the Resident monks and the supportive role played by the laity by way of monetary donations help the long-term sustenance and progressive development of the monastery.
Dhamma Gavesi meditation center was established under the leadership and guidance of Venerable Walimada Jinalankara thero, in order to fulfill the aspirations of Sri Lankan Buddhist families living in Wellington and the southern part of North island in New Zealand.
A variety of programmes are offered throughout the year both residential and non-residential including regular groups, day, weekend and week long retreats, and other supportive courses and events.