Pannyavaro spent many years studying and practising in Burma and Sri Lanka in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition and received higher ordination in the Thai tradition. He is better known as the founder and webmaster of the websites: BuddhaNet.net www.buddhanet.net, World Buddhist Directory: www.buddhanet.info/wbd/ Buddhist eLibrary: www.buddhistelibrary.org.
At Bodhi Tree, we are working on developing a meditation community to serve both lay and monastic practitioners on ninety-five acres of beautiful land at Tullera, ten minutes from Lismore in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Australia. This land has been purchased as a monastery and retreat centre. Known as Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Vipassana Retreat Centre.
Supportive conditions for ordained and lay practitioners to undertake intensive meditation practice are hard to find in western countries. To assist people in penetrating the heart of the Buddha’s teaching, the Buddha Dharma Education Association plans to build a purpose-built meditation retreat complex on its land at Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery. After having negotiated planning permission, we are currently working on the third stage of the build!
The landforms and tree cover at Bodhi Tree naturally divide the land, making it easy for different activities to coexist here. The land rises to a large flat plateau from two streams with beautiful rock pools. There is a good balance of cleared and forested land with impressive old trees, and the creek valleys have plenty of flat and gently sloping areas. The 15 acres of rich red soil plateau has expansive and uplifting views and is a natural choice for the Retreat Centre.
Rainforest Restoration Project at Bodhi Tree
In 2006-2007, with a grant from the Envirofund, Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery planted 1,500 rainforest trees along our creeks and rock pools. Since then, we have extended our bush regeneration and revegetation project over the past ten years, planting approximately 8,000 trees comprising local rainforest trees, koala food trees, and fruit and nut trees, which are thriving!