Welcome to Oregon Ariyamagga Okasati Refuge!

Oregon Ariyamagga Okasati Refuge, or OAOR, is a Theravadan Buddhist Hermitage (small monastery) and Vipassana center in the Thai Forest tradition established by students of Ajahn Jamnian (Jumnien) Seelasettho. Located on 5 acres at the base of Mt. Hood in Sandy, Oregon, OAOR is a place where everyone regardless of background or culture can come together to share, learn, and practice the Middle Way and the Noble Eightfold Path.

Luang Por (Venerable Father) Jamnian, as he is affectionately and reverently called, is a happy, wise, and playful charismatic Buddhist monk in the Thai forest tradition. He teaches with limitless energy and boundless love and compassion. Luang Por Jamnian’s teachings include many different insight meditation methods (Vipassana), all of which direct the person back to seeing and understanding the impersonal process of the mind and body which are impermanent (Anicca), unsatisfactory (Dukkha), and empty of self (Anatta). These teachings encourage us to continuously explore the presence of desire and aversion in the mind, and to see living meditation practice (in which the development of insight pervades every aspect of our life and not just the hours devoted to meditation) as a “life long process of constant observation and continuous investigation.”

The abbot, Phra Ajahn Vuttichai, or Phrawoody as he prefers to be addressed, is a senior student of Ajahn Jamnian. Luang Por Jamnian has said “Phrawoody carries my teachings in his heart.” Following the tradition of his teacher, Phrawoody teaches in an informal style that is filled with humor, joyfulness, and an ease that is contagious.


OAOR is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization and all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by U.S. law.


Dhamma is the nature of what-is; the truth of what the Buddha taught. ” 

To read more of what Dhamma is in Theravadan Buddhism, click here.

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