New Pa-Auk Thailand Monastery

New Pa-Auk Thailand Monastery
Picture of location in An-ton 2 hours from Bangkok.
The sima was officially completed (by vinaya transaction) about 6 months ago.
To complete a legal vinaya transaction, one needs the permission of the residing monks in the village. This could be a problem because monks often do not like newcomers on their own block, especially from Burma. To avoid such technicalities, the Thai donors who arranged this, picked a site in a village with only one monastery, which is abandoned. Most of the village is water. The mayor or equivalent, is connected with the owner which is leased on a long term contract. I think the land is officially owned by a Mahanikaya temple which makes everything to spec. About 36 Thai monks (plus two from Laos) are at Pa-Auk main now.

If you saw the foreigner list, you may have noticed a new Vietnam Monastery is much more important! That will happen this November. It depends on the country and their intention. Each monastery is independently funded/started by the donors, including paauk main.

Pa-Auk USA is not a real monastery. It is privately run by a Chinese Singaporean couple and funnelled through a nonprofit for the expenses as far as I last heard. The books are private, so nobody knows who owns the land and buildings. Sayadaw has no control over the place and is a guest. (As heard directly from me via a USA Pa-auk supporter in April 2014.)

I lost count, but there are maybe 40+ paauk branches locally and maybe 10 or so abroad. Mostly, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Nepal.
Nauyana, Sri Lanka is a separate monastery, but teaches Pa-Auk Method.

Article by Bhikkhu Subhuti

Bhikkhu Subhuti is an American Buddhist Monk with roots in both Sri Lanka and Myanmar Forest Traditions. He currently resides in Myanmar but his heart sometimes floats back to Kauai, HI where he spent six months in 2015.