About the Building Project

The Newbury Buddhist Monastery (NBM) is supported by the Buddhist Society of Victoria (BSV).

Since 2012, funds have been raised by various local and international supporters to finance the purchase of the property, as well as for building crucial monastery infrastructure. The monastery was officially opened by Ven. Ajahn Brahm in May 2015. We are happy to report that NBM is continuing to grow and develop.

NBM is set on a 150-acre lush pasture amidst the rolling countryside neighbouring the Wombat State Forest in Central Victoria, Australia. Located between Trentham and Blackwood – just 70 minutes North West from the heart of Melbourne city the magnificent landscape and tranquil surroundings offer an inspiring backdrop for secluded meditation.

NBM is unique in that it is one of the few monasteries in the world that supports both Bhikkhu (Buddhist monks) and Bhikkhuni (Buddhist nuns) ordination and practice.

  • Sangha house floor plan
  • Monks' sala
  • We poured the foundation for the Sangha House few weeks ago.
  • And then the flooring was done few days after and walls started to come up
  • Couple weeks ago the roof rafters came up on the Sangha House
  • Sangha House
  • Sangha House looking into the meditation room and library
  • Ajahn Brahm's kuti
  • Ajahn Brahm's kuti floor plan
  • Ajahn Brahm's kuti
  • Concreting Ajahn Brahm's kuti
  • What a nice view from Ajahn's kuti
  • Ajahn Brahm's kuti walls are up
  • Then came rest of the framing and fascia.
  • Ajahn's kuti from air
  • Kuti for rest of the monks
  • Kuti "floor plan"
  • One of the Kuti walls were done!
  • And then roof framing was done
  • Now it has fascia installed.
  • Rest of the kutis the floor was concreted this weekend.
  • And now the wall and roof framing are waiting to be lifted up.
  • Two more kutis got their wall framing done.
  • You can see that we are surrounded by a beautiful Wombat state forest all around. So nice! 🙂
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  • Meditation Hall in the Sangha House
  • Library
  • Monk's Kuti
  • Kuti from the back
  • Ajahn's Kuti
  • Sangha House Kitchen
  • Monk site

This is a four-staged development, culminating in building the Meditation Centre for the four fold Community of Bhikkhus, Bhikkhunis, Laymen and Laywomen.

In March 2019 we commenced Stage 1 construction – building infrastructure to support the development, 5 Kuties (huts) and a Bhikkhu Sangha House to accommodate the Bhikkhu Sangha on one side of the monastery. The Bhikkhuni Sangha, Laymen and Laywomen continue to occupy the existing facility. This facilitates gender segregation and forested accommodation for monastics, and enables each gender sangha community to function independently in their own area within the NBM forest monastery.

Stage 1 Development includes:

  1. Five Kuties for monks – each kuti is connected to the sewer system, water and electricity supply.
  2. A Sangha House for monks – services include office, library, laundry, utility room and the shrine & meditation hall.
  3. New water, sewerage and electricity infrastructure to serve all of the buildings.
  4. The location of every building, materials used and services in this project are in compliance with the local and state authorities and Bush Fire Management Plan.

Construction has commenced in March 2019. The General Infrastructure, Sangha house and the 5 Kuties are scheduled to be completed by March 2020.

The generosity of supporters both local and overseas, has enabled us to raise $2,297,581 by 16th August 2019. The amount will be sufficient to meet the contracted project costs payable to the Builder.

Extra funds raised will be used on the same project to cover project overruns and required work, which had been removed from the original building contract last year to keep the budget at a manageable level.

To complete the work in the kutis and Sangha House, additional funds are required for the following items:

Funds needed for these Items:   Approx. Cost ($) (updated 27th Feb. 2020)

Requisites Est. Costs Funds Received Balance Required

Sangha House      
  Timber Flooring – Dhamma Hall $13,750 $13,750  
  Buddha Rupa & Pedestal – Dhamma Hall $35,500 $35,500  
  Pantry Joinery & Fixtures $25,000 $5,107 $19,893
  Library Partition – operable wall $6,000 $1,040 $4,960
  Laundry – Tiling, Washing Machine, Dryer $2,000 $2,000  
  Dhamma Chakra $2,500 $2,500  
  Office, Library, Lounge Furniture $15,000 $7,150 $7,850
Ajahn Brahm’s Kuti      
  Timber Decking $11,800 $5,500 $6,300
  Joinery $1,000 $1,000  
  Bed, Desk & office furniture $5,000 $5,000 $0
  Earthworks and Foot Paths $3,000 $2,650 $350
Monks’ Kutis      
  Beds & desks $12,000 $12,000 $0
New Water Tank       
  Water Tank & Installation $32,000 $32,000 $0

  Totals :    $164,550 $125,197 $39,353

Your extraordinary generous support has helped us to clear the major hurdle of meeting the contracted building costs and has placed the project on the “Home Stretch”. Your continued support towards the listed outstanding finishing works will enable the project to cross the finishing line.

To help us complete the finishing work, please click this link.

Stage 2 – Scope for the NBM Meditation Centre project includes:

  • Separate cottages for laymen and laywomen retreatants,
  • General community facilities including kitchen, dana hall, lobby, office, toilets
  • Meditation Hall

We are commencing fundraising for the Stage 2 project in March 2020 starting with a Fund Raising Dinner on Saturday 14th March 2020.

At this time, our current estimation for the building project is around $4 Million.

We have engaged an Architectural firm as our consultant to project manage this Stage 2 development.

Our plan is to commence this building project by the end of 2020.

If you wish to see the progress of the NBM Building Project, visit the NBM Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NewburyBuddhistMonastery/

Your support is needed to help us move forward. Find out more about how to get involved here.