Metta Forest Monastery

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Metta Forest Monastery (Wat Mettavanaram) is a Theravada Buddhist monastery in Valley Center, California. The abbot is Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Metta Forest Monastery is a meditation monastery in the lineage of the Thai Forest Tradition. Founded in 1990 by Ajahn Suwat Suvaco. The monastery is situated at the end of a road in an avocado orchard surrounded by the mountains and chaparral of northern San Diego County. It provides the opportunity for men to ordain as bhikkhus and to train in line with the Dhamma-Vinaya as maintained in the Theravada tradition. It also welcomes interested lay men and lay women to visit and practice the Buddha’s teachings.

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