Welcome to Birken Forest Buddhist Monastery ('Sitavana')
Birken Forest Buddhist Monastery is a Canadian Theravada Buddhist monastery following the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah. Also known by its ancient Pali name, 'Sitavana' (translated as 'cool forest grove'), the monastery is located in the tranquil and secluded forests of British Columbia's interior region, approximately 40 kilometres south of Kamloops. Under the guidance of its founding Abbot and spiritual leader, Venerable Ajahn Sona, the monastery provides a peaceful refuge for monastics and lay people seeking to deepen their practice of the Buddha's teachings. For more information, please click here.