Branch Monasteries: these are monastic residences fully affiliated with Wat Nong Pah Pong, Ajahn Chah's mother monastery in NE Thailand. In most cases they offer training to those wishing to 'go forth'.
Associated Monasteries: these communities may be newly established and in the process of becoming fully affiliated with Wat Nong Pah Pong. Alternatively they may be more loosely linked to our family of monasteries. In some cases they are hermitages functioning as retreat facilities for the main 'Branch Monasteries'.
N.B. 'Association' must not be perceived as an endorsement by this fs community. Monasteries listed under 'Associated' and 'Other Branches' have not necessarily evolved out of the first generation of Western disciples of Ajahn Chah. There may also be some monasteries that view themselves as 'associated' with this community but are not listed on this website.
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