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Bodhinyana is a Theravadin Buddhist monastery in the Thai Forest Tradition located in Serpentine, about 60 minutes drive south-east of Perth, Australia.[1]



The abbot is the Venerable Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera, usually known as Ajahn Brahm, born Peter Betts in London, United Kingdom on August 7, 1951. In the late 1960s he received a Phd in theoretical physics from Cambridge University.[2] After graduation he taught high school for one year before travelling to Thailand to become a monk and train with the late Venerable Ajahn Chah Bodhinyana Mahathera. [3]


Bodhinyana, a branch monastery in the tradition of Ajahn Chah, was established to provide a training facility for monks and to make possible the traditional reciprocal relationship between monks and laity. Limited numbers of guests are able to stay at the monastery, to practise meditation and to generally assist. Food is provided by alms-givers and there is no monetary charge.

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Further reading

  • (1985) Bodhinyana Monastery - monk Ajahn Jagaro speaks of the recently built monastery at Serpentine and the Buddhist religion West Australian, 22 Oct. 1985, p.55
  • MacDonald, Kim (1998) The cockney monk.Feature article on Buddhist monk Brahmavanso (once Peter Betts) and Bodhinyana Monastery in Serpentine. Sunday times (Perth, W.A.), 1 February 1998, Sunday Section, p.2
  • Pendrill, Lisa. (1989) Article on life at Perth's Buddhist monastery at Serpentine] Sunday times, 7 May 1989, p. 3a-g Sunday Living

Coordinates: 32°24′54″S 116°0′28″E / 32.415°S 116.00778°E / -32.415; 116.00778



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