Suan Mokkh Buddhist Temple, Chaiya, Thailand

I wouldn’t consider myself a Buddhist, but I do love visiting the Buddhist temples around Thailand. Just the other week I went to one of my favorite temples – Wat Suan Mokkhabalaram in Chaiya district of Surat Thani, well south of Bangkok by about 600 kilometers.

Wat Suan Mokkh is a forest temple, Thais say Tudong style. One of my favorite Buddhist monks, Buddhadasa Bhikku founded it, and though he has passed on, it’s a remarkable place to go and do some walking around, taking photos, and meditating when I go alone. Here are some photos. I hope you enjoy them and visit the temple sometime…

Theravada Buddhist Monks walking at a forest temple called Wat Suan Mokkh in Chaiya, Thailand.
Buddhist wheel of becoming and hanging skeletons at Suan Mokkh Buddhist temple in Chaiya, Thailand.
A Buddhist monk's hut or kuti in southern Thailand at Wat Suan Mokkh in Chaiya province.
A private monk kuti (hut) at a forest monastery in southern Thailand. Could you sit here all day and meditate? It probably seems ideal, right?
Siddhartha Gautama Buddha in anorexic state meditation.
We can learn from this image of Buddha in an anorexic state while meditating. Didn’t work for him, won’t work for you. Don’t bother starving yourself!
Large painting of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming at a building located on the grounds of the famous Buddhist temple, Wat Suan Mokkh in Chaiya, Thailand.
I’m not sure what this building is called, but I’ve seen monks meditating here. I’ve sat to meditate here often.
Shaved Buddhist nuns meditate in Thailand at Suan Mokkh temple in Chaiya, Southern Thailand.
Magee sitting for a Dharma talk by the current abbot.
Colorful rooster at Suan Mokkh Buddhist temple in Southern Thailand in the province of Chaiya, in the South of Thailand.
Chickens and roosters roam freely over some parts of the temple grounds.
Men's dormitory - second floor - shows sleeping arrangements at Buddhist temple, Wat Suan Mokkh, in Southern Thailand's province of Chaiya.
Mens dorm (2nd floor) at the main Suan Mokkh temple (west side of Highway 4).
A spirit is giving eyeballs out to followers on the wall of a painted building at Chaiya's Suan Mokkh Buddhist temple in Southern Thailand.
Many paintings on the walls inside this building. VERY interesting.
This poster of Buddhadasa Bhikku, a Buddhist monk and abbot, is on the top floor of the art building at Suan Mokkh Temple in Southern Thailand's province of Chaiya.
Poster of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, founder of Suan Mokkhabalaram temple.

Art (Paintings) at Suan Mokkh

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