residents


The number of resident monks (bhikkhu), novices (sāmaṇera) and postulants (anagārika) varies from year to year but is usually between seven and ten.

Luang Por Munindo (Abbot)

Luang Por Munindo was first accepted into the bhikkhu sangha under the Venerable Somdet Nyanasamvaro in 1975 and then later under the Venerable Ajahn Chah in 1976. He came to the UK after approximately five years in training monasteries in Thailand. After an initial period at Cittaviveka Monastery in West Sussex, he moved to Devon where he led the community in establishing the Devon Vihara. In 1991 he became senior incumbent at Aruna Ratanagiri. Several of his books are available for free distribution in all popular formats at Forest Sangha Publications. Audio recordings of talks are available on the audio section of this website.

Ajahn Puñño

From North Yorkshire, UK - was accepted into the bhikkhu sangha under Venerable Ajahn Maha Amon in 1996.

Bhikkhu Tikkhañāṇo

From Singapore - was accepted into the bhikkhu sangha under Luang Por Liem in 2018.

Bhikkhu Mahesako

From France - was accepted into the bhikkhu sangha under Ajahn Amaro in 2019.

Bhikkhu Saṃvaro

From UK - was accepted into the bhikkhu sangha under Ajahn Amaro in 2019. (Away until April 2022.)

Bhikkhu Atthadassī

From Spain - was accepted into the bhikkhu sangha under Ajahn Amaro in 2019 (visiting from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery)

Bhikkhu Samacitto

From Germany - was accepted into the bhikkhu sangha under Luang Por Liem in 2020.

Bhikkhu Ādicco

From France - was accepted into the bhikkhu sangha under Ajahn Amaro in 2020.

Bhikkhu Suciṇṇo

From Malaysia - was accepted into the bhikkhu sangha under Ajahn Amaro in 2020.

Sāmaṇera Jotisāro

From Colombia - was given pabbajjā by Luang Por Munindo in 2020. (Away for the vassa.)

Anagārika Gabriel

From UK