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Wat Nong Pah Pong Buddhist Temple – Warin Chamrap, Thailand

Theravada Buddhis monk at one of the open-air salas at Wat Nong Pah Pong forest temple in Warin Chamrap, Ubon province.
A Theravada Buddhist monk at Wat Nong Pah Pong.

Ajahn Chah Subatto is one of my favorite Buddhist teachers. I have two favorite monks from Thailand, the other is Buddhadasa Bhikku from Wat Suan Mokkh in Chaiya, Thailand in the South.

Here is a video overview (bottom of page) of one of Ajahn Chah’s Theravada Buddhist temples in the forest tradition located in Warin Chamrap, in Thailand’s Northeast (Isaan) region in Ubon Ratchathani province beside Sisaket province.

Read “Recollections of Ajahn Chah” – a free PDF booklet you can download by clicking below:

Recollections of Ajahn Chah PDF

Or, there is a massive book called “The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah” you can download in PDF format below.

The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah PDF

Wat Nong Pah Pong is a quiet temple still covered in trees in the forest tradition. In the video below, I walk around and show you the grounds and talk a little bit about it.

Foreigners who speak Thai can possibly stay at this temple if ordained. The Thai monks here don’t speak much English, but I did meet one monk on one of my previous visits that spoke enough to get by in general conversation. Your Thai would have to be pretty good to stay here as all teaching, all communication is in Thai.

Update: I recently found a foreign monk staying here who has been here for years. He was quite friendly.

Decorative wall composed of block art at Wat Nong Pah Pong in Ubon, Thailand.
A wall showing a chedi and other designs.
Main Sala at Wat Nong Pah Pong temple.
Side of main Sala at Wat Nong Pah Pong. This is a very large building that can hold a couple hundred monks, magee, and laypersons for chanting, meditation, Dharma talks.
Large Sala at Wat Nong Pah Pong temple for Dhamma talks and to showcase some art created for the temple.
Another Sala wide open to the elements and containing art and a large meeting place for Dhamma talks at Wat Nong.
Front of large Sala at Wat Nong Pah Pong temple in Warin Chamrap, Ubon Ratchathani province, Thailand.
Front of another large Sala.
Buddha altar at front of one of the large Salas at Wat Nong Pah Pong temple, Warin Chamrap, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.
Inside one of the Sala’s at Wat Nong Pah Pong.
Monk kuti or library or other meeting place for monks and magee at Wat Nong Pah Pong Forest temple in Warin Chamrap.
This is too large to be a monk’s kuti, so I’m not sure what it’s for exactly. This structure is surrounded by a moat of water to keep ants from coming upstairs.
Main Sala (meeting hall) at Wat Nong Pah Pong. A great place for meditation.
Front of main Sala at Wat Nong Pah Pong. Notice the wide-open spaces at the rear of the building and the front is also quite open. When there is wind, the Sala stays cool. If no wind, there are fans you can turn on above you to keep some air moving to keep meditation a bit more comfortable. Please replace cushions. 😛

Enjoy the video of Wat Nong Pah Pong – go visit if at all possible. Just walk around, meditate in the hall… quite a peaceful place for meditation.

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