Sarasota Forest Monastery

Sarasota Forest Monastery is inspired by the forest monasteries of Thailand. The Buddhist ‘forest monasteries’ of Southeast Asia tend to be simple dwelling places for the monastic community (the ‘Sangha’), located in peaceful natural settings – usually forests. Their main purpose is to facilitate the practice of meditation and living the Buddhist monastic way of life.

Sarasota Forest Monastery Temple shrine

In Thailand the forest monasteries have played a role in helping to protect threatened forests and the many forms of life they host, and to provide sanctuaries where people can come to join the monastic community for shorter or longer periods, practicing meditation while living in nature in a similarly simple manner.

Since the monastic communities of Theravada Buddhism depend entirely upon the lay community for their material support – as they have for over 2,500 years since the time of the Buddha – the existence of a monastery depends upon the interest and generosity of people who find it to be of value.

Currently, SFM has no monks on the premises, so no food offerings are needed at this time. Our community is encouraged to practice Dhamma either on their own and/or to have Dhamma Discussion via Zoom meetings, announced on our calendar page.

Food offerings and other services:

Our forest monastery is conducive to quiet meditation for everyone. When monks are in residence, food offerings are accepted daily beginning at 10:30 a.m. As monks in the Thai Forest Tradition closely follow the vinaya (code of conduct for monks provided by the Buddha), their one meal daily is consumed before Noon. All are welcome to partake of the meal once the monks have finished eating

Vassa (Rains Retreat) starts July 14 this year. Another name for Vassa is Khao Phansa or “the Rains Retreat” because it occurs at the beginning of Thai rainy season and because Buddhist monks take this opportunity to retreat inside their temples for a three-month period of study and meditation. As lay supporters, we are encouraged to intensify our Buddhist practice during Vassa, too. Consider some of the following devotional practices:

a) Start each week or each morning chanting with the monks at Wat Marp Jan using this recorded YouTube video. The video shows the words in Pali and in English so you don’t need a chanting book to join in:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9OE4ebGB4w&t=47s

b) End your week or each day chanting with the monks at Wat Marp Jan using this recorded YouTube video. The video shows the words in Pali and in English so you don’t need a chanting book to join in:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t29Mm4UEM7g&t=7s

สถานการณ์ปัจจุบัน

วัดป่าซาราโซต้าเป็นสถานที่ปฏิบัติธรรมที่สงบสุขของชาวพุทธและผู้สนใจทุกท่าน แม้ว่าเราจะไม่มีพระในขณะนี้ สมาชิกและผู้รักการปฏิบัติธรรมก็ยังรวมตัวกันเพื่อปฏิบัติธรรม ทั้งในสถานที่และโดยผ่านสื่อออนไลน์ ส่วนรายละเอียดนั้น ทางเราจะประกาศให้ทราบเป็นระยะ ๆ

เทศกาลเข้าพรรษา (Vassa) ของปีนี้เริ่มวันที่ ๑๔ กรกฎาคมนี้ ขอเชิญพุทธศาสนิกชนชาวพุทธทุกท่านปฏิบัติธรรม ณ โอกาศนี้ด้วยค่ะ

asalha-puja
The sermon in the Deer Park