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13560 Muutama Ln.
Valley Center, CA 92082

Phone: (619) 813-8461
33.326160, -117.035363

Dog-Friendly: No    Kid-Friendly: Yes


About Metta Forest Monastery

Metta Forest Monastery is a meditation monastery in the lineage of the Thai Forest Tradition. The Monastery is located on the outskirts of Valley Center in an avocado orchard surrounded by breathtaking views.

Being a monastery, its primary purpose is to give men the opportunity to ordain as bhikkhus to practice in line with Dhamma and Vinaya (training rules) taught by the Buddha over 2,500 years ago.

Laymen and laywomen are also welcomed at the Monastery to practice in line with the Buddha’s teachings. Visitors are welcome to participate in the daily activities of the Monastery.

Alternatively, you are welcome to spend the day meditating in the sala or on the platforms and walking paths in the avocado orchards.

While you’re in the area, make sure to visit the Keys Creek Lavender Farm nearby!

Metta Forest Monastery is open every day, year-round to day visitors. It is not necessary to call for permission to visit. The most important facts for day visitors to know are listed below. Before you visit though please read up on their etiquette:

  • Dress conservatively. Casual and comfortable is fine, but no shorts, and nothing provocative or revealing. This applies to both sexes.
  • Please avoid the monks’ area of Monastery where their huts are. There are small, yellow signs posted at some of the points of entry into the monks’ section. If you’re not sure, ask a monk or a long term guest for guidance.Guests are asked to be supportive of the Vinaya rules that the monks follow. When interacting with the monks they might alert you to certain protocols or restrictions. First, be respectful of their requests. Second, they do not expect the laypeople to know all the Vinaya rules and will be happy to explain them to you, time permitting.
  • The Monastery is not a place for total silence. Vistors are encouraged to be quiet to perpetuate an atmosphere conducive to meditating. However, there are certain chores to be done and cooperation necessary among the guests, so some speech is necessary. The Buddha taught the principle of Right Speech. Before speaking ask yourself: Is it true? Is it useful? Is it the right time?
  • Please don’t pick fruit in the orchard without first getting permission from one of the monk

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  • Nigga
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    Guys this is ma home its were a live in tunel ples give money to lonely nigga me bples in neeed help! btw i hev computer in tunel :__)))

    September 22, 2017

  • Anonymous
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    Is very hopefull to know the existence of this sacred place.

    December 30, 2018

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