1994: Abbot Ajahn Sona established a primitive shack monastery in proximity to Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park. He named the monastery, “Birken”.
1996: Birken Monastery’s growing community moved to a larger location near Elephant Mountain, not far from Princeton BC.
Early 2001: Monks and monastery stewards began searching for a secluded property within 3 hours driving distance from Vancouver. Just as they were putting in an offer on a location in Barnhartvale, they stumbled upon the Smith Lake property almost by accident. Through generous donations, the location was purchased.
11 November 2001: First pabba ceremony held to mark the opening of the new monastery.
1994-Present: Abbot Ajahn Sona