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Vietnamese Community Fundraiser

Members of Sydney's Vietnamese Buddhist community came together earlier this year for a Bodhi Tree fundraising evening. It was a very successful night, the benefits of which will help us to make a start of the building of our new retreat complex.

Ven. Pannyavaro and the Bodhi Tree Retreat Centre team wish to thank all the volunteers who organised the night and the Vietnamese community for it's generous support.

Vietnamese Community Fundraiser

To read more and see some great photos of the event: please click here

The Bodhi Tree VIpassana retreat complex has received approval!

Our good news is that after a prolonged process we have been granted permission by the local authority to build a Vipassana retreat complex at Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Community Retreat Centre!

For over six years, having developed the infrastructure and monastery base we can now go ahead with the construction of a purpose built retreat facilities for forty-five meditators at a time from around Australia and Internationally. All are welcome!

Season's Greetings

Please watch this video showing an artists impression of how the
Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Community Retreat Complex will look when it is finished

Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery & Retreat Complex from bodhitree on Vimeo.

When the Bodhi Tree Retreat Centre is built with proper facilities - see above - we will offer weekends, 9-day and teaching retreats for the local, national and international community. There is a great need for these facilities in Australia. We expect our location will attract many visitors from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sydney to our programs and retreats. Australia is a vast country and there are as yet no Theravada meditation centres north of Sydney in New South Wales..

As a not-for-profit organisation staffed by volunteers we offer our services without charge, so we rely entirely on your generosity to fund this unique project.

Please join us and share in the benefits of making the Buddha’s liberating teachings freely available to all. Click here: to make a donation

2015 - our 9th Year at Bodhi Tree!

National Geographic
A National Geographic book: "Sacred Places of a Life Time - 500 of the World's
Peaceful and Powerful Desinations" includes Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery.

Click link to view the Bodhi Tree section: PDF Bodhi-Tree_Sacred-places2.pdf

  • We have been busy planting trees - now reaching approximately 6,000 rain forest trees and plants.

  • We have been extensitively upgrading the retreat facilitie and clearing the land.

  • Built a "contact database" - which will allow us to upate past retreatants on the lastest news.

  • Dedication of Bodhi Tree Retreat centre by Venerable Sayadaw U Janaka as a Satipatthan Vipassana practice centre.



Visitors on tour of Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery


Meditation Group at Bodhi Tree with Ven. Pannyavaro


If you would like to make a donation, you can do so online: by clicking here.

Alternatively you can download the Bodhi Tree Pledge Form below.

Bodhi Tree - Pledge Form PDF Doc. (306kb)
To Save a copy right-click and choose 'save target as...

There is no charge for retreats or workshops

The retreats are by Dana. Dana means 'giving'. In the early tradition the teachings were and are given freely, although donations are needed to cover the retreat costs - and future teaching programmes. For the ongoing support for the teachers and the monastery, please make a contribution. There is no set cost - the donation is up to you.

Bookings and further information

PDF Bodhi Tree Retreat Registration / Information
(PDF Doc. - 60 KB)

To download: click right mouse button on link and select "Save Target As" option.

Contact Us

Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery & Community Retreat Centre
78 Bentley Road, Tullera via Lismore NSW 2480 Australia
Phone: +61 (02) 6628 2426 Email:

For full contact details as well as instructions on how to find Bodhi Tree, please go here.