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If its root remains undamaged & strong,
a tree, even if cut, will grow back.
So too if craving-obsession is not rooted out,
this suffering returns
again & again.

Dhammapada v. 338

Vimokkharam is a Theravāda Buddhist Monastery of the Thai forest tradition situated near the village of Kallista in the Dandenong Ranges of Victoria, Australia.

Established in 1998, the Hermitage is an Associated Monastery in the tradition and teachings of the late Ajahn Chah.  
The Hermitage is a place of practice and residence for monastics with the shared intention of freedom from all mental suffering. It is open to visitors who wish to visit a place where there is the opportunity to develop mindfulness and explore the spiritual teachings of the Buddha, and to contribute to the life of the community.

Hermitage Activities

See the Visiting and Upcoming Events pages, or click on images below for more information.

Latest News

Mar 1, 2024

Dear Friends and Supporters of Vimokkharam, I am happy to be back after 2 weeks in Thailand, and looking forward to the month ahead...

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Physical copies of the 2024 calendar freely available at the Hermitage.

Read about
The Forest

This new page focuses on the richness of the Thai Forest Tradition of Buddhism. Here you will find some of the foundational influences of the tradition, teachings, stories and more.

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