Monastery Travel Pictures


Hi Friends,

I hope you’re well. I’ve been home for a few weeks now and I thought it might be nice to share some pictures of my monastery-hopping travels taken over the past four months. I’ll try not to post too many because I know the Discourse server has its limits.

Anyhoo, if you have your own favorite monastery pictures from your travels, please share them!

Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, England (June 23-July 27, 2017) - I didn’t take many pictures at Amaravati because it was my third visit.


From Karunasom, the women’s dorm.


Walking through some wheat (?) fields on a footpath near the monastery. Looking down onto Great Gaddesden.

The neighborhood alpacas, Mara and Sukhita, respectively. (Yes, I did name them).

Milntuim Hermitage, Scotland (July 28-August 11, 2017)



Looking out into the lower part of the glen where the town of Comrie rests.


The ruins of the old mill. (Milntuim means something like ‘place of the mill’ in Gaelic.)


The main hermitage building.


Up into the glen.


Some cows.

Sati Saraniya Hermitage, Ontario, Canada (August 18-October 27, 2017)


Early changing leaves.


The main building of the hermitage.


My friend the groundhog.


An actual monarch butterfly perched on Ayya Medhanandi’s glasses.


Almsgiving ceremony (hey look, actual people!); they can’t have a ‘Kathina’ because they don’t have enough bhikkhunis.


Caught snacking.


An actual boat that is being turned into a kuti.


The monastic community; left to right, Ayya Nimmala, Sister Anuruddha, and Ayya Medhanandi.



The woods.


A kuti at dusk during a thunderstorm.

Bonus Picture:


At Sati Saraniya there is a monastic korwat practice of sitting (or crouching down) whenever one is eating or drinking anything. While I am not a monastic, I would periodically undertake this practice by sitting right down wherever I was standing in the kitchen – some people found it amusing. :sweat_smile:

Progress of building works at Tilorien Monastery
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MARVELLOUS! Thank you so much. :slight_smile:

Are those the ones you sang to?


You’re welcome! :blush:

:joy: Probably!


Fabulous photos @Brenna! I love the scenes and stories they’ve captured, and the photos themselves are actually really beautiful! You’re a great photographer! Looks like it was a fantastic time full of adventure and wonder! Thanks for sharing the beauty and inspiration!!! :heart_eyes: :pray:


That is one cool kuti boat!


Thanks so much for sharing, Brenna.


Bhanthe, do you think this will down the servers? :grinning:

Nice one @Brenna! I went into the thread looking for buildings, but saw some nice scenery alongside it! Loved the thunderstorm pic!

with metta


Lovely, smile inducing photos Brenna :smiley:


My favourite one! Thank you so much for sharing! :heart_eyes:


Thank you for sharing. I love the boat kuti and they’re all beautiful. Those woods at Sati :heart_eyes:

Maybe I will take my camera to Newbury and have something to share. The photos I have from Santi and Dhammasara are terrible because I only had my phone.


Here are some pics from my monastery-hopping tour in 2016:

Enjoy! :smiley: :heart:


Thanks so much for your kind words, everyone!

Can you tell that I’m somewhat opposed to taking pictures of buildings?

Please do!

Aww man, Anagārikā Sabbamitta, you’re making me want to visit Australia even more :sweat_smile:! But really, what spectacular pictures, thank you so much for sharing. :pray:


It is nice to see smiling humans in these pictures, as a foundation for mudita, etc. I can sometimes feel a strong resentment on account of chronic illnesses preventing such a choice in my own case.


Very evocative imagery, for those inclined to stormy introversion… but I am delighted at the fact that this exists for sincere folk.


These were taken last October during my stay at Abhayagiri! No doubt things look much different after the fires.


So many great photos, but I love the boat/kuti! Very cool.


Ok, I’m going to attempt this, but I have too many photos :cry:
I resized and some are poor quality, I apologize!

You inspired me to look back on mine Brenna, so here goes!..
View of gompa at Tibetan Buddhist monastery near Pokhara, Nepal (Himalayas in the bg!)

Teaching English to some cheeky monk(ey)s!

Tea fields and valley from Nilambe Meditation Centre, Sri Lanka

Meeting all the dogs was important (Ella, Sri Lanka)

Spot the Kuti! Rockhill Hermitage, Sri Lanka

Just before sunrise on the Ganges

View from Thai Monastery, towards mountain caves, Rajgir

View from Wat Lao Towards Bodhgaya, Bihar, India (Giant Buddha on horizon!)

Thai forest walking path

Ajahn Ganhah’s Mega Monastery, Khao Yai

View from sala, Wat Khun Pang, Nth Thailand

Amongst the redwoods, Aranya Bodhi Hermitage, California

Caravan Kuti, Dhammasara nunnery, Perth

Respects for Arahant Theris, Songdhammakalyani

Nirotharam at sunrise

Dhammapiti monastery, Ipoh, Malaysia

Inside Dhammapiti (built into the rock - so cool!)


Wow, nice photos! You’ve been around to many places.

With metta



I saved this one; put a tree at your back, and it’s an early monastery. Good times!


The first 10 precept Nun ordination at Chithurst. Sisters Rocana, Sundara, Candasiri and Thanissara


The little bridge in the 7th picture is mostly burnt (or a similar one). There were also a few wooden stairs that burnt. However, apart from that, there were no other damages.

It is very strange, but from the accounts of the firefighters that fought the fires around Abhayagiri, every single time the fire approached the monastery, it would then turn around.

Ajahn Jotipālo’s account from talking with firefighters:

I asked the crew from New Mexico how it was fighting the fire. They had been on the property for about 5 days. They said it was the weirdest thing, like the monastery refused to burn.They said one evening (probably the day Timothy Luke was forced to leave Mt. Tabor, when he reported seeing 200 foot tall flames on the ridge) that 10 battalions (20 to a battalion) were out on the loop trail fighting the fires coming down from the ridge. They reported that the fires got down to the loop trail but the fire wouldn’t cross the trail. They said it was like the monastery refused to burn, and none of them could explain it. They reported their hair standing on it’s end and then the fire reversed itself and went back up the mountain. Everybody was kind of freaked-out, as they had never seen anything like this. I asked several of the other crews about their experience and they all reported about this.

A few updates from Abhayagiri (pages 1 and 2).