Theravāda Buddhism Web Directory


Sukhavana Meditation Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in the Theravada Thai Forest Tradition inspired by Venerable Ajahn Mun Bhuridatta and Venerable Ajahn Chah. It is located in the Bercham Cave, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

Sukhavana means "The Mountain Of Happiness " in Pāli, the scriptural language of the ancient Buddhist Canon. Its current abbot is Ajahn Thongbai who's ordained by Luang Por Gunha Sukhagamo.

Sukhavana Meditation Monastery provides opportunity for lay people to practise Buddhist teachings, to develop virtue, generosity, to observe the 5 or 8 precepts, to practice meditation for individual development in the Noble Eightfold Path of Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration.

It also provides opportunity to propagate the Buddha Dhamma to society and to take care of the Sangha community.


We are very fortunate to receive guidance and advices from our spiritual advisors namely the late Bhante Suvanno , Venerable Sayadaw U Kundala and Venerable Sayadaw U Sumana. Currently, the resident bhikkhu is Venerable Sayadaw U Sumana (from January to June) and Venerable Sayadaw U Vimalacarabhivamsa (from July to December)

As a Vipassana Meditation centre, our weekly Vipassana Meditation sessions is held every Wednesday and Saturday night from 7 pm onwards under the guidance of our resident Sayadaws. There will ten-days Vipassana Meditation retreats for experienced yogis.  Besides these retreats, there will be a one-day retreat (8 am to 5 pm) every first and third Sundays of the month. Participants for this day-retreat must observe the attha-sila (Eight Precepts).

Buddhist Hermitage Lunas was founded by the late Venerable Acara Suvanno Mahā Thero (1920 – 2007) following the Theravada Buddhist tradition as a centre to teach meditation to both monastics and lay people. Located at a former sand farm next to the Kulim river, the hermitage covers an area of 0.64 hectares / 1.58 acres. The nearest town – Lunas, in the state of Kedah, is one kilometer away from the hermitage.

BHL was officially opened by the late Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda Nayaka Mahā Thero (1918 – 2006) (formerly Chief High Priest of Malaysia and Singapore) and Venerable Sayādaw U Panditabhivamsa of Myanmar on 25th December 1990.
As a meditation centre, the hermitage focuses on teaching vipassanā / insight meditation as envisaged by the late Most Venerable Mahāsī Sayādaw U Sobhana Mahā Thero.
Shah Alam
Selangor Darul Ehsan

The latest project undertaken by Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia is the development of Samadhi Vihara at Section U12, Bukit Raja, Shah Alam. The three storey building and Shrine Hall is now ready and fully functional. All major Religious activities will now be conducted at this Vihara. Please make regular visits to this new landmark in Klang/Shah Alam.


Malaysia Dhamma Society (MDS) [formerly known as Kuching Bhagavan Buddhist Society (KBBS)] is a Theravada Buddhist organization established in 1997 by a group of Buddhist enthusiasts to promote the Buddha’s teaching.

MDS aims at providing a conducive place for monastics and laypersons to learn the Buddha’s teachings which strongly emphasizes on the practice of generosity, morality and wisdom (which includes meditation). Meditation, when taught and practiced in a correct way, helps to develop spiritual and mental growth that can bring about sustainable harmony to our society as a whole. Therefore, a proper meditation centre in a conducive environment is essential.

Seri Kembangan

Nalanda Institute was conceptualised in January 2006 in response to the needs of the Buddhist community to have an institution for proper, systematic and holistic learning of the Buddha-Dhamma in Malaysia. The then Spiritual Advisor to Nalanda Buddhist Society, Venerable Dr K Sri Dhammananda Nayaka Thera gave his unequivocal support to the idea.

The Nalanda Institute was formally established in July 2007. Dr. Tan Ho Soon was appointed the Institute’s Founding Director by Nalanda Buddhist Society. Under its patronage, the Institute provides systematic Buddhist education and serves as a resource centre to the Buddhist community in Malaysia. Its primary focus is on Pāli and Buddhist Studies, Leadership & Management Training, Conferences, Learning Resource Centre and Buddhist Publications.

The Institute offers various courses in Buddhist and P?li Studies leading to Certificate and Diploma levels, as well as short training courses to enhance leadership and management skills for Buddhist volunteers. All courses are freely available to the public in line with the Institute’s charitable objectives.

Besides its Centre in Selangor, the Institute’s courses have also been held in Kedah, Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Sabah and Terengganu, in collaboration with local Buddhist organizations. To date, more than 6,000 participants have benefited from the Institute’s courses, study tours and conferences.

This Group is for Malaysians who practice in the Theravada form of Buddhism and for others who have an interest in the practice and development of Theravada Buddhism in Malaysia.

Balik Pulau

Buddhist hermitage. The website presents books on Dhamma, Vinaya and Pali language.

Balik Pulau

Nibbinda Forest Monastery is a forest monastery located on top of a hill in Balik Pulau. Surrounded by mountains and facing the sea, the beautiful yet serene place is an ideal spot for the monks to cultivate disgust with worldly life. A small town with simple folks living at the foot of the hill makes the monastery more suitable to establish as the pure land in this world.

In the early of 2009, Nibbinda Forest Monastery was officially offered to The Most Venerable Pa Auk Tawya Sayadaw and thus the monastery was named by him. The meaning of “nibbinda” is “disgust with worldly life”. By leaving the hustle and bustle of the worldly life, the monks will be able to learn and practise Buddha’s teachings such as pariyatti, patipatti and pativeda in a comfortable environment.