Nibbinda Forest Monastery


Nibbinda Forest Monastery is a Theravada forest monastery situated at Mukim 5, Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia. The monastery is located on top of a hill in Balik Pulau. Surrounded by mountains and facing the sea, the beautiful yet serene place is an ideal spot for the monks to cultivate disgust with worldly life. A small town with simple folks living at the foot of the hill makes the monastery more suitable to establish as the pure land in this world.

In the early of 2009, Nibbinda Forest Monastery was officially offered to The Most Venerable Pa Auk Tawya Sayadaw and thus the monastery was named by Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw. The meaning of “nibbinda” is “disgust with worldly life”. By leaving the hustle and bustle of the worldly life, the monks will be able to learn and practise Buddha’s teachings in a comfortable environment.


Mission Statement

  1. To protect and provide continuous support for the spread of true Theravada Buddhism based on the Tipitaka Dhamma as expounded by Lord Buddha.
  2. To protect and provide continuous support for the Pa Auk meditation method originating from Myanmar.
  3. To practise precepts (Sila) as originally expounded by Lord Buddha.
  4. To promote the practice of ancient Buddhism among the lay followers.
  5. To promote the practice of Pa Auk meditation method through meditation retreats.
  6. To provide a monastery for Sangha which is maintained on the vissudhi principles of ancient Buddhism.

Note: Sangha will have the absolute and final decision making powers in the running of the Nibbinda Forest Monastery.

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