The following monks and lay persons were guest speakers to our centre. We have no connections to their actions and activities outside our centre.
Venerable Ajahn Anan Akiñcano ordained under the Venerable Ajahn Chah in July 1975. During his first four years, Ajahn Anan diligently practiced meditation as well as acting as Ajahn Chah’s personal attendant, providing him the opportunity to develop a close connection with his teacher. Though his meditation was up and down during these early years as a monk, in his fourth year it reached a point where it did not decline again. After this intensive training period with Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Anan was allowed the opportunity to seek out more secluded places to further his efforts in meditation. Living in remote forests and charnel grounds, he met with various hardships both outside and within, contending with serious bouts of malaria which took him close to death on many occasions. In 1984, Ajahn Anan settled in the dense forest of Rayong province starting the monastery Wat Marp Jan, “the forest monastery of the moonlit mountain.” Over 25 years later, Ajahn Anan’s reputation as a meditation master has grown, along with the number of monks coming to practice under him and seeking his guidance.
Ajahn Achalo was born in Brisbane Australia in 1972, he developed a keen interest in meditation at the age of twenty, and at 21 he headed off to Thailand to study Buddhism more sincerely. Ajahn Achalo ordained at Wat Nong Pah Pong in Ubon Rachathani (the monastery founded by venerable Ajahn Chah) and subsequently trained in Thailand for more than ten years. His main teachers in Thailand have been Ajahn Anan and Ajahn Jayasaro. Ajahn Achalo feels deep gratitude for the wonderful opportunities he has had to practice as a monk in a number of different traditional contexts... in practice monasteries, in remote forests, and whilst on pilgrimage. Currently he is living at Amaravati monastery in the UK.
Ajahn Ariyasilo (John Bowman) was born in England and migrated to Australia in 1974. He became interested in Buddhism in 1975 and lived at Wat Buddha Dhamma in 1980 for few years then went to Perth to help the construction of Bodhinyana Monastery and took higher ordination there in 1986 which made him the first to be ordained at Bodhinyana. He went to stay in NZ for three and half years before he took up residence at Amaravati Monastery England under Ajahn Sumedho. He resides in NZ since 2005.
Ajahn Chandako is an American Buddhist Monk. His fourteen years in robes have been spent mainly in deep jungles and remote hermitages in Thailand. He has stayed with many of Thailand's most accomplished meditation masters, and spent two years with Ajahn Brahm in Perth. His approach to Dhamma shines with sincerity, springing from a heartfelt commitment to enlightenment in this very life.
Ajahn Dhammarato was born in Western Australia, he left Australia in search of a more substantial truth to existence as he found that happiness the modern world offered was always so shallow and transitory. He decided to renounce the worlds Dukkha (sufferings) and ordain as a Buddhist Monk in 1994. He has spent most of his Monastic life living in the remote forest temples of North East Thailand. Also spending a number of years with Ajahn Brahmavamso in Perth.
Ajahn Dtui Gandhabo ordained in 1994 at Wat Marp Jan, Thailand with Tan Ajahn Anan Akincano. He has spent most his time close to his teacher learning his teachings and practising diligently. For the past 4 years he has been living and practising at Wat Buddha Bodhivana, Melbourne, Australia, under Ajahn Kalyano, Ajahn Anan's foremost Western disciple. Ajahn Dtui has a vast understanding of the Dhamma, growing up as a child at a radio station broadcasting Dhamma across Thailand.
Venerable Ajahn Mitsuo Gavesako is a senior monk and highly respected meditation teacher in the tradition of Venerable Ajahn Chah. He was born in Japan and took ordination as a Theravadan Buddhist monk with Venerable Ajahn Chah in 1976. Venerable Ajahn Gavesako is currently abbot of Sunantavanarama Buddhist Monastery in Kanchanburi Province, Thailand. He can speak fluent English and Thai.
Ajahn Jitindriya is a Theravadan Nun from the Amaravati Monastery in England - a community in the lineage of Ajahn Chah & Ajahn Sumedho. She was born in Sydney, Australia in 1963. She studied the Visual Arts at college and later travelled through Southeast Asia, India & Europe. Whilst living in England in 1987, she became seriously interested in meditation & the teachings of the Buddha. She joined the Amaravati Community, taking novice ordination in 1988 and higher ordination in 1990. Since then, she has lived & practised in various communities of this order- spending time in England, Australia & the USA
Ajahn Kalyano (Daniel Jones) was born in London in 1962. His interest in Buddhism awakened while still a student. After completing his university degree at Bristol University, he travelled to Thailand. In 1985 received ordination in the forest tradition of Ajahn Chah. He has trained for many years with Venerable Ajahn Anan, one of several disciples of Ajahn Chah who have become highly regarded as meditation masters in their own right. In 2000, Ajahn Kalyano was invited to establish the forest tradition there. He is now the abbot of Bodhivana Monastery in East Waburton.
Bhikkhu Khemavamsa is an Australian monk born in Athens in 1952 and has been practicing meditation since 1996. In 2000, he received full ordination in Chanmay Yeikta forest monastery in Hmawbi ( Burma / Myanmar), by the Abbot Sayadaw U Indaka. He has practiced with Sayadaw U Janaka, Sayadaw U Pandita, Sayadaw U Lakkhana and Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw in the Mahasi Tradition and he is pretty familiar with the styles of N.S. Goenka and the late Thai Master Luangpor Tee-an amongst others. Bhikkhu Khemavamsa lives in forest monasteries in Burma and Thailand and he is the author of the book ‘Contemplation of the Mind.’
Ajahn Kusalo originally from New Zealand, spent much of his lay life in the building industry. In 1990 moving to monastery in Wellington, New Zealand and ordained as a monk in 1992. He spent five years there before moving to Amaravati in England. During that six-year stay, in addition to his regular monastic duties he was very involved in family and youth activities, developing a range of educational resources. After he was on the road for a couple of years around Europe, he then went back to New Zealand for a year. The last two years have been spent in Canada mainly in Toronto and a Forest Hermitage south of Thunder Bay
Ajahn Mitsuo Gavesako
Ajahn Mitsuo Gavesako was born in Japan. Since he was a child, he kept asking the question: "What is a satisfactory life?" and kept thinking that it should be more valuable things in life. He took a long mission from his motherland to India, Nepal, Iran and Europe countries and returned back to India instead. There, while arrived at Bodhgaya and while observing the Buddha's image, he recalled Buddha Dhamma and got the answer to the question he had kept asking all his life: "Absolute Truth is within our own body & mind, true happines is within our mind and everyone could overcome unhappiness. Since then, he stopped seeking from the outside and started cultivating insight.
He ordained as a Buddhist Monk under Venerable Ajahn Chah in 1976. He is a highly respected meditation teacher. Currently he is the abbot of Sunantavanarama Buddhist Monastery in Kanchanaburi Thailand.
Ajahn Mitsuo has written many Dhamma books, i.e: Stay Cool & Be Happy.
To understand fear is to understand suffering. To win over fear is to escape from suffering. Bring about the understanding of fear in order to be free of fear. This is the most important lesson in life.
Ajahn Moshe was born in Thailand in 1977. He was ordained in the Wat Nong Pa Pong tradition of Venerable Ajahn Chah, N.E. Thailand in the year 2000. He spent many years in various monasteries throughout Thailand practising and studying with different meditation teachers of the forest tradition. Currently, he is residing with Luang Por Thongdang of Wat Phra Jow Ton Luang in Chaing Mai, Thailand
Venerable Munindo (Keith Morgan) was born in 1951, in New Zealand. He first encountered Buddhism at the age of 19 which had a profound impact on him. During a visit to Australia in 1972, he was encouraged to attend a meditation retreat led by Venerable Khantipalo. After living for a while on a community at Mullumbimby he left Australia in 1973 with the idea of ultimately reaching Japan to practise Zen. He taught English for a while in Bangkok and met Ajahn Sumedho and some Western monks from Wat Bovoronives, where he eventually decided to become a novice. He was ordained as a monk by Phra Somdet Nanasamvara in 1974, and spent his first Vassa with Ajahn Thate at Wat Hin Mark Peng, on Laotian border. After a period in a Bangkok hospital with serious health problems, he met Ajahn Sumedho again, and went to Wat Pa Nanachat, which had begun a few months earlier. He was re-ordained at Wat Nong Pah Pong by Ajahn Chah in 1975. Due to ill health he returned to New Zealand for six months in 1979. In 1980 he travelled to England to join the community at Chithurst. He was given the responsibility of establishing a monastery in Devon, in southwast of England. In 1987 he returned to Chithurst Monastery and then moved to Harnham, Aruna Ratanagiri Monastery in Northumberland since 1991 where he is presently abbot.
Ajahn Nissarano was born in Perth in 1952. He has been a fully ordained Buddhist monk for 10 years. He ordained under Ajahn Brahmavamso and trained for 9 year with him at Bodhinyana Forest Monastery, in Western Australia. For the past three years Ajahn Nissarano has been living in forest monasteries in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand. He has been practicing meditation for more than 25 years
Ajahn Nyanadhammo was born in Adelaide in 1955. He became inspired by the Buddha's message while a biology student, and in 1978 stayed at Wat Buddhadhamma near Sydney before travelling to Thailand to ordain. He received his novice ordination from Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, and in 1979 received full ordination with Ajahn Chah. He then spent many years wandering in the jungles, staying in secluded monasteries and seeking out great teachers. From 1994 to 2002 he stayed at Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery as deputy to Ajahn Brahmavamso.Since 2002 he has been the abbot of Wat Pa Nanachat in Thailand, a forest monastery with an international community of English speaking monks.
Ajahn Pasanno (Reed Perry) was born in La Pas, Manitoba in Canada. He studied History at the University of Winnipeg. In 1974 he went to Thailand and ordained as a monk. He stayed and trained under Ven. Ajahn Chah in 1975 and became the abbot of Wat Pa Nanachat (branch monastery of Ajahn Chah in North East Thailand) in his seventh year. During his incumbency at Wat Pah Nanachat he became a very well known and highly respected Dhamma teacher in Thailand. In 1997 he moved to where he is currently resident in California and establishing Abhayagiri Monastery.
Venerable Ajahn Siripañño is a Thai-Malaysian monk born in London and educated in UK. He has been ordained in Thailand and lived there for 8 years as a Thai forest monk and has stayed with Ajahn Brahm for one year.
Was born in London in 1949. He had his B.A. in English and American Literature at Warwick University in 1971. He went to Thailand in 1975, where he happened across a class in Buddhist meditation in Chiang Mai. After a few days' practice, he decided to make a tentative commitment to the Holy Life. He returned to England in 1978 and he decided to stay and train with Ajahn Sumedho and he was responsible for editing and publishing his talks, as well as other Sangha publications. Ajahn Sucitto was one of the original groups of who founded Chithurst Monastery Cittavivekha in 1979. He also helped to establish a vihara in Northumberland, Aruna Ratanagiri on 1981. In 1984 he was part of the community that moved from Chithurst to Hertfordshire to start Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, where had the responsibility of supervising the nuns training, as well as other teaching duties. During this time he also began teaching overseas. In 1992 he was asked to take over the function of senior incumbent at Chithurst Monastery where he now resides. Publications include: Introduction to Insight Meditation (a beginners guide); The Dawn of the Dhamma (an illustrated commentary on the Buddha's first discourse); Kalyana (a small collection of edited talks)
Ajahn Tiradhammo (Ian Adams) was born in New Westminster, British Columbia in 1949. In 1973 he became a novice and took his higher ordination one year later at Wat Meung Man in Chiang Mai with Venerable Tong. In 1975 he moved, in order to be with Ajahn Chah, staying at Wat Pah Pong and Wat Pa Nanachat. He went on several tudong journeys through the northeast of Thailand and the mountains of Chiang Mai, visiting many famous forest meditation masters.
He was invited to England in 1982 to help with developments there. He spent two years at Chithurst Monastery, and three years in charge of Harnham Vihara in Northumberland. In 1988 he helped establish Dhammapala Monastery near Bern, Switzerland and also later at its new location in the Bernese Alpine village of Kandersteg where he was the senior monk until 2005. In July 2005 he assumed the position of senior monk at Bodhinyanarama, Wellington, NZ.
Ajahn Vajiro (Phil Gunton) was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1953. Upon graduating in 1974, he began a study accountancy. In 1977, he went to meet with Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho. In 1979 he left for Thailand and became a Samanera (novice) and received the higher ordination from Ajahn Chah in 1980.
Ajahn Vajiro returned to England in 1984 and assisted with the establishment of Amaravati Monastery. From 1985 he resided at Harnham Buddhist Monastery for one year and lived at Cittaviveka until 1993. He t hen led the community in Wellington, NZ for 5 years. He spent the following three years living quietly in the hermitage in Melbourne before moving to Amaravati Buddhist Monastery where he presently resides.
Ajahn Visuddhi was born in London in 1942. After establishing a career in graphic design, at age 32 he left grey old London for Eastern shores, in search of things exotic and wonderful. But he never expected the wonder that would turn his world upside-down: "The Teachings of the Buddha". Back in London he pursued his fascination with Buddhism until eventually he felt that a life of contemplation was the only meaningful thing for him. In 1985 he received ordination at Wat Pa Nanachat, a forest monastery for English speaking disciples of Ajahn Chah in Thailand. Since then he has practiced at branch monasteries of Ajahn Chah around the world.
Ven Aggacitta Bhikkhu is a Malaysian who was first ordained in Penang in 1978 and received upasampada (higher ordination) at Mahasi Meditation Centre, Burma in 1979. He has trained under various teachers, notably Sayadaw U Pandita, Sayadaw U Tissara and Sayadaw U Acinna of Pa Auk Forest Monastery. Besides practicing meditation, he studied advanced Pali and translation in Thai and Burmese and continued to study the Pali Tipitaka in Burma until his return to Malaysia in 1994. In 2000,he founded Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary, a Theravada monk training centre in Taiping, Perak, Malaysia. Bhante Aggacitta has also initiated the highly successful Introduction to Monkhood Program to sow the seeds of renunciation among local men who have the inclination for monkhood
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana aka Bhante “G” as he is fondly called by his students was born in Sri Lanka. He was a monk at age 12 and took full ordination at the age of 20 in 1947. He came to the United States in 1968 and became the founder and abbot of Bhavana Society in Washington DC. In 1996, Bhante received the title of Chief Sangha Nayaka Thera for North America, the highest- ranking monk of his sect in the US and Canada. As a teacher, he is known for his emphasis both on Samadhi and on Metta (loving kindness) as part of spiritual training. In 2003, his autobiography “Journey to Mindfulness” was published. He has written a number of books including “Mindfulness in Plain English” and its companion “Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness”. Bhante G is an internationally recognized author and meditation teacher and has strong scholarly background and livelong commitment to the Dhamma.
Venerable Bhante Mahinda is the Spiritual Director of the Australian Buddhist Mission Inc. and Abbot of the Aloka Meditation Centre in Peat Ridge NSW. He is also one of the patrons of Bodhikusuma. Venerable Mahinda, who is ordained in the Theravada tradition, has trained as a meditation teacher for more than 25 years. Bhante Mahinda has studied and practiced under many masters in Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. Meditation is very close to the heart of Bhante. He brings with him a very compassionate heart in teaching meditation. The Venerable is also known for explaining the Buddha's message in simple language that appeals to the young and old alike. On several occasions the Venerable has appeared on Inter-Faith forums, on radio and in seminars which focussed on religious tolerance and mental health issues. Many people have benefited from Bhante guidance in meditation both at the Aloka Meditation Centre and in many of the local and overseas Dhamma centres. Venerable Bhante Mahinda is also one of the patron of Bodhikusuma Buddhist and Meditation Centre.
Bhikkhu Sattharo (Kevin) was born in Mildurra, Australia who as a lay person have tried many fields including becoming a chef, security guard and musician. He was in the music industry for a long time. After reading a book on Buddhist teachings, he was compelled to search for the real practice. He used to go to Bodhikusuma to deepen his knowledge of Buddhism. In 2004, he went to Thailand to search for a good teacher to train him in the right path. Finally he found Ajahn Anan of Wat Marp Jun in Rayong, Thailand, one of Ajahn Chah branch monastery as his teacher and ordained under him. He is a happy and helpful person to everyone in the monastery. He is now one of Ajahn Anan personal attendance and translator.
Phra Anil Sakya, Ph.D AKA Bhikkhu Sugandha born in Nepal. He became a novice when he was 14 years old and took his Bhikkhu ordination in Thailand in 1980. He received several awards and scholarships from His and Her Majesty the King and Queen of Thailand. He is an assistant secretary to His Holiness the Supreme Patriach of Thailand. He is also a lecturing Professor in Mahidol University and Mahamakut Buddhist University in Thailand. Academic Background University Education: - Ph.D in Social Anthropology, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK. - MPhil in Social Anthropology, Christ's College, Cambridge University, UK. - M.A. (1st Division) in Anthropology, Kirtipur Campus, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. - B.A. (Honours) in Sociology, Mahamakut Buddhist University, Bangkok, Thailand. Research conducted in several areas concerning Buddhist practices Religious Education: - Nak Dhamma Ek, the highest level on Buddhist Studies of Thai Ecclesiastical Council. - Forth Class of Nepal Baudha Pariyati Siksha of All Nepal Bhikkhu Association. Other Selected Significant Achievements: - Received several awards and scholarships from His and Her Majesty the King and Queen of Thailand. - Work experience included many distinguished posts such as assistant secretary to His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, and lectured in many universities in U.S.A, Thailand, and Nepal. - Proficient in Nepal Bhasa, Nepali, Hindi, Thai, Pali, and English. - Published many books on Buddhism, as well as numerous articles in many journals and magazines. - Religious Activities have included many sermons, public talks, and seminars on Buddhism and anthropology. - Represented Buddhism in many inter-religious dialogues and conferences involving a number of foreign countries and religions. - Other extra activities have included being president of Cambridge University Buddhist Society and President of Thai-Nepal Society on Thailand.
Venerable Sujiva is a well-known Theravadin monk from Malaysia who has been teaching vipassana retreats since the early eighties. Ven Sujiva first taught at BMIMC in 1996 and became respected for his compassion, understanding and skillful guidance. Since then he has been teaching meditation in many countries across Europe, USA and Asia . The venerable first ordained in 1975 after completing an honours science degree. His monastic training under distinguished meditation masters notably included Sayadaw U Pandita of Burma .
Venerable Tejadhammo Bhikkhu is the spiritual director for The Association of Engaged Buddhists and senior resident monk at Sangha Lodge. Bhante has taught & worked in Thai universities and jails over many years and currently works with people with life-threatening illness & prisoners in Sydney. Bhante also gives teachings and conducts retreats in many parts of Australia throughout the year. He has given many retreats at Wat Buddhadhamma in the past. Patience, gentleness, an open heart and determination are foremost in Bhante's teaching. Although ordained in the Theravada Bhante has also studied and received teachings in Mahayana and Vajrayana.
Bhikku Uttamo was born in Yogyakarta, Central Java in 13th November 1960 and found great interest in Buddhism when he was a teenager. This interest in Buddhism led him to be ordained as a novice in Jakarta in the year 1985 and took higher ordination the following year in Bangkok, Thailand. Currently Venerable Bhikku Uttamo is the abbot of Samaggi Jaya Vihara which is situated in Blitar, Indonesia.
Bhikkhu Dhammasiha was born in West Germany. During his research for a PhD on “Indian Corporate Culture”, he read the Dhammapada which hit him as a true revelation. He ordained as a Theravada Buddhist Monk in Sri Lanka in 1995 with most Ven. Pandita K.Sri Jinavamsa. For three years he trained at Nissarana Vana forest monastery and dedicated to solitary practice of meditation and meticulous observance of the Theravada Vinaya. In 1998 he came to Australia and started training in the tradition of Ajahn Chah. He arrived in Brisbane in 2007 on invitation to help establishing Dhammagiri Forest Monastery which he is the abbot till now.
Luang Por Arlongot
Luang Por Arlongot is known for his amazing projects. He has built a hospital for thousands of abandoned children of HIV parents. He also graduated with an Engineering degree at the Australian National University, Canberra. He then went back to Thailand and took higher ordination in 1982 and stayed in a cave for 2 years and wandered around the jungle for a few years. He has been invited to visit an Aids Hospital where one patient died in his arms. After that first visit, he kept coming back to the hospital to guide everyone on how to die peacefully. Many of those same patients followed him back to his monastery. He had difficult time because the people do not give any foods or support his monastery anymore, so his parents have had to support him and his monastery. Finally, the King’s Mother heard about his project and supported him in opening a small hospital. Currently, he has 1300 abandoned children of HIV and almost 1000 HIV adults in his hospital.
Luang Por Koon Dighaviro
A very senior monk of 45 years who practised under the Ven Ajahn Chah for 8 years learning discipline and endurance. He wandered on 'Tudong' around the Burmese border until he went to Chiang Rai where a piece of land was offered to him. With the blessing of Ajahn Chah he started Wat Udomwaree, where he has been abbot for more than 39 years.
Luang Por Liam Thitadhammo
Most Ven Luang Por Liam Thitadhammo (Phra Visuddhisamvara Thera) was born in Thailand entered the monastery as a novice in 1960 and took higher ordination in 1961. Since 1969, Luang Por stayed at Wat Nong Pa Pong and trained under his teacher Luang Por Chah. In 1977, Luang Por was asked to officially become the deputy abbot at Wat Nong Pa Pong. Luang Por looked after the monastery in many ways, both in the training of the monks and in the maintenance of the monastery buildings. He built a commemorative museum for Luang Por Chah’s requisites and rebuilt a new large Dhammasala and new dining hall. They were finished on the night of January 15th in 1992. The following day, Luang Por Chah passed away. Luang Por was officially made the new abbot of Wat Nong Pa Pong in 1994 until now. In 2001, Luang Por given the ecclesiastical honorary title”Tan Chao Khun Visuddhi-samvara Thera by His Majesty the King of Thailand.
Luang Por Sumedho
Luang Por Sumedho was born in Seattle, Washington in 1934. After serving four years in the US Navy as a medic, he completed a BA in Far Eastern Studies and a MA in South Asian Studies. In 1966, he went to Thailand to practice meditation at Wat Mahathat in Bangkok. Not long afterwards, he went forth as a novice monk in a remote part of the country, Nong Khai, before receiving full ordination in 1967.
A year of solitary practice followed. Although fruitful, it showed him the need for a teacher who could more actively guide him. A fortuitous encounter with a visiting monk led him to Ubon province to practice with Luang Por Chah. He took dependence from Luang Por Chah and remained under his close guidance for ten years.
In 1975, Luang Por Sumedho, established Wat Pah Nanachat, International Forest Monastery where Westerners could be trained in English.
In 1977, he accompanied Luang Por Chah to England and took up residence at the Hampstead Vihara, with three other monks.
Luang Por Sumedho was made an Upajhaya, in 1981. Since then he has given Upasampada (Bhikkhu precepts) to more than a hundred aspirants of many nationalities. Luang Por Sumedho was integral in establishing the Forest Sangha tradition in the United Kingdom. He was central in establishing Amaravati Buddhist Monastery and Chithurst Buddhist Monastery. He is currently resident as senior incumbent at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in Hertfordshire.
Luang Por Thong Dang
Luang Por Thong Dang is the Abbot of Doi Phra Chow Dtone Luang Monastery in Changmai, Thailand. He was born in Sakhon Nakhon, became a Novice at the age of 15 and took higher ordination as a monk at the age of 21. He has been a monk for 34 years in the Thai forest tradition of the great master Ajahn Mun. His teacher, Ajahn Uttamo is a famous forest monk. Luang Por Thong Dang went for “Tudong” (walking in forest tradition) for 4 years, walked from North East Thailand to South East Thailand. He then stayed with Luang Por Plien for 8 years in Chiangmai. Luang Por is known for his good meditation practice, very pleasant and soft spoken. People always feel good and inspired by his Metta.
Phra Bhasakorn Bhavilai
Ajahn Bhasakorn was born in Canberra, Australia in 1961, the son of Prof Emeritus, Dr Rawi Bhavilai. He completed Bachelor Degree in Physics from Chulalongkorn University Thailand. He was a successful photographer before ordained as a Buddhist Monk in 1996 in Thailand. In 1999, he took Dhamma Scholar Advanced Level. At present, he is the Director of Dhammasathan (Dhamma Centre) in Chiangmai University and Chairman of Dhammavihara Foundation. He is the author of the book: Karma for Today's Traveller.
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Venerable Phra Dhammavisuddhikavi has been ordained as a novice in 1953 and a monk in 1956. - Graduate of Pali Studies Grade 9 (the highest Grade of Pali Studies in Thailand). - Bachelor Degree in Religious Degree (Honours) from Mahamakut Buddhist University, Thailand. - High certificate for Dhammaduta (Buddhist Missionary Work); and M.A. in Sanskrit Literature and Diploma in Hindi from B.H.U, India. He has written 70 Buddhist Books; is a lecturer in Mahamakut Buddhist University, Thailand, a meditation master for buddhist monks, Novices, and general public in Thailand and overseas for more than 20 years and has attended religious visits in more than 25 countries. At present, he is a Lord abbot of Wat Somanas Vihara, the Ex-Vice Rector for Academic Affairs of Mahamakut Buddhist University, and the supervisor of Sangha Order of Dhammayut in the whole Southern provinces of Thailand.
Phra Kru Sudhammaprachot (Ajahn Kamphong)
Has spent 37 years living and practicing meditation in the remote forest regions of North East Thailand. In his early years as a monk he trained under Ajahn Chah, and now is a respected elder in that tradition, and is abbot of Wat Pa Pitakthan in Nakorn Rachasima. He is known for his charm and his relaxed and friendly good humour and his down-to-earth teachings.
Phra Ratsilaporn (popularly known as Thanh Chaokhun Maha Samai) was ordained as a novice at the age of 14 in 1957 and took a higher ordination in 1963 at Wat Pathoomvanaram, Bangkok, Thailand. He finished his early religious education by completing the three levels of Dhamma Studies and fifth grade in Pali language. After graduated from Mahamakut University, he came to Sydney in 1974 with Thanh Ajahn Boonjarit to support the Thai Dhammaduta mission with Phra Pariyattikavee and Phra Khantipalo as resident teachers. The Mahamakut Foundation has purchased a property in Stanmore for the first monk’s residence in Sydney. It was inaugurated by the Crown Prince of Thailand on the Vesak Day 1975. Together with Thanh Chaokhun Suvirayan, Chaokhun Samai had looked after Stanmore for 14 years before moving to the new branch monastery, Wat Pa Buddharangsee at Leumeah in 1988. During his stay in Australia, he has been given three titles by the King of Thailand, Phra Khru Sukhumapirak in 1982, Phra Vibunsilaporn in 1992, Phra Ratsilaporn in 2005 and Phra Tepsilaporn in 2011. Having given good service to Buddhism in Australia for almost a half of his life, he was given an honorary Doctorate Degree in Buddhist Studies by Mahamakut University in 2004. Chaokhun Samai is the abbot of Wat Pa Buddharangsee and spiritual patron of Bodhikusuma and Unibuds.
He is the abbot of Sri Mahatat Monastery in Bangkok , Thailand.
Sayadaw Ashin Nanissara
Sayadaw Ashin Nanissara
Sayadaw U Pannathami
Sayadaw U Pannathami was born in Myanmar in 1948. He received higher ordination at the age of twenty. He graduated with Sasanadhaja Dhammacariya and in his early years, Sayadaw had practiced meditation under illustrious masters, notably the late Most Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw as well as Sayadaw U Pandita. Sayadaw has many years of experience guiding meditators, easterners and westerners alike, particularly in the practice of Insight (Vipassana) Meditation. He had carried the torch of Dhamma to many countries: Malaysia , Singapore , Australia , Canada , UK and USA and is well respected for his skillful guidance, loving-kindness and compassion . Sayadaw is the abbot of Panditarama Sydney Meditation Center .
Sayadaw U Vansarakhita
Venerable U Vansarakkhita is a Canadian born Buddhist monk from Burmese Theravada tradition. He completed a BA in Psychology from St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada and was a certified as well as registered financial planner. His spiritual life began when he started practicing transcendental meditation at age 17. Ven U Vamsa has had intensive Vipassana/Metta Practice and teaching Vipassana (Insight) and Metta (Loving kindness) Meditation. He has travelled and taught extensively throughout Asia, North America and Europe
At a young age, Sayalay Dipankara started the meditation practice and continued her practice under guidance from various great meditation masters. She was ordained in 1990 as Buddhist Nun at Pha Auk Tawya Monastery in Myanmar. Since then, she has trained to be a meditation teacher. Sayalay Dipankara is experienced in teaching any of the 40 Kamatthana as mentioned in Visuddhi Magga e.g. Anapanasati, 4 elements meditation, Metta (Loving Kindness) Meditation and Vipassanna (Insight) Meditation. Since 1996 Sayalay has been invited by various reputable Buddhist centres in different countries including Australia, the USA, Canada, Taiwan, England (Amaravati and Chitta Vivekha), Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, amongst others, to conduct courses and intensive meditation retreats. While in England, Oxford University and Manchester University invited for discussion in Mind-training.
Sri Pannyavaro Mahathera
Bhante Sri Pannyavaro born in Central Java, Indonesia on 1954. Became a novice at the age of 20 and in 1977 took his full ordination as a Buddhist Monk at Wat Bovoranives Vihara, Bangkok, Thailand. He learned his meditation with the famous meditation Master Venerable Ajahn Thate in North East Thailand. His Honorary Degree: - Dhammakitti Siri Saddhammacariya ( Srilanka, 1987). - Sasanavamsalankara ( Srilanka, 1991). - Sasanasobhana Pavacana Visarada( Srilanka, 1992). - Sasshammakitti Siri Nyanasamvara ( Srilanka, 1995). - Siri Sugatasasanalankara Gana Pamokkhacariya ( Srilanka, 1995). - Silasarupa Sobhita Vissa Kittidhara ( Srilanka, 1996). - Chaokhun Phra Pannyavarabharana ( H.M.The King of Thailand, 1998). Position: - Mahanayaka of Theravada Mahasangha of Indonesia - Abbot of Mendut Vihara, Magelang. - Abbot of Dhammasundara Vihara, Solo. - Vice President of World Buddhist Sangha Council (WBSC). - Patron of Bodhikusuma Buddhist & Meditation Centre, Sydney, Australia.
Tan Ajahn Dtun
Tan Ajahn Dtun was born in 1955 in the province of Ayutthaya, Thailand. Tan Ajahn was raised and studied in Bangkok, completing a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1977. Shortly after this, in 1978, he decided to ordain at Wat Nong Pah Pong with the Venerable Bodhinyana Thera (Ajahn Chah) as his preceptor. Presently, Tan Ajahn Dtun is the Abbot of Wat Boonyawad in the province of Chonburi where he has lived for the past 16 years. Tan Ajahn Dtun has been a monk for 29 years.
Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron has practiced the Buddha's teachings for more than thirty years. She ordained as a nun in the Tibetan tradition in 1977 and has studied extensively with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkhong Rinpoche, and Zopa Rinpoche among others. With a clear, practical, and humorous style, she teaches Buddhist philosophy and meditation worldwide and has published numerous books including Open Heart, Clear Mind; Working with Anger, and Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path. She was resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Center in Singapore and at Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle. She is currently the Abbess of Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastic community in Newport, Washington USA which she founded in 2003.
Ven. Bhante Sukhemo
Venerable Bhante Sukhemo Mahathera is the vice-abbot of Dhammacakka Jaya in Jakarta Indonesia. He was fully ordained at Wat Bovorn, Bangkok Thailand in June 1976. Bhante Sukhemo is a senior monk who has been teaching Dhamma and Meditation in various places in Indonesia.
Venerable Heng Sure
World renown for his efforts towards awareness and practice of peace, Ven. Heng Sure took practical steps towards global peace in a pilgrimage that saw him travel 600 miles from South Pasadena to Ukiah, repeatedly taking three steps and one bow to cover the entire journey. Over the two years and six months it took to complete this journey, he maintained a practice of complete silence. Courageous and entertaining, he is an accomplished musician. Both Christopher R. Clowery in the United States, he was ordained as Buddhist monk in 1976 at the city of Ten Thousand Buddhas. He was ordained as Heng Sure, a Dharma name which means Constantly Real. Ven. Heng Sure has an M.A. in Oriental Languages from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He serves as the Managing Director of the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery and teaches on the staff at the Institute for World Religions. He is actively involved in interfaith dialogue in the ongoing conversation between spirituality and technology.
Venerable Larry Varadhammo
Ven. Larry Varadhammo was born in Sydney, Australia. He attended Sydney Grammar School and later graduated with an Honours Degree in Marketing and a Masters in Applied Finance. While pursuing a career for a short period of time, his Dhamma practice took him to the point where he felt there was no other way than to ordain as a Buddhist monk. In 2006, he went to Thailand to take his higher ordination under Than Ajahn Anan, one of Ajahn Chah’s close disciples.
Mr. Brian White has been active in Buddhist youth circles since his student days in Unibuds at the University of NSW during early 1980s. In recent years he has assisted tertiary Buddhist societies in Victoria and New South Wales, and is an advisor to the Mitra Intervarsity Buddhist Network. For two years Mr White taught the weekly Buddhist scripture class at a Sydney high school. As the Assistant Buddhist Chaplain at UTS, Mr White supports the UTS Buddhist Society in its spiritual and fellowship activities. His interests include the development of lay Buddhist chaplains, Buddhist youth education, dialogue with other faiths, and service to the community by Buddhists, which he calls 'Active Dhamma' .
Charles Khong trained with the Centre of Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA in Mindfulness based stress reduction. He is a long time student of the dhamma and is presently conducting mindfulness classes for members of the public.
Cornelis Wowor born in Manado Indonesia. He was a Christian and became a Novice on 1972. Took higher ordination as a Monk on 1973 at Wat Bovornives, Thailand for 7 years. Now he is the Director of Buddhist Religious Affairs of Indonesia Ministry of Religions and he also teach Buddhism at Nalanda University and Tarumanegara University in Indonesia.
Mr. Danai Chanchaochai is a successful marketing chief executive. He is at the same time a prolific author and translator of several best-selling titles such as Dhamma Moments, The Pain of one arrow and Taming the 'mischievous mind'. He is a guest columnist of the Bangkok Post and a guest lecturer at the various academic and business institutes including the Asian Business Forum and the UN. Mr Danai also hosts radio show covering management, marketing and self-development through Buddhism, in which he is highly knowledgeable. Above all else, he is committed to follow and practice the Buddha's teachings both through meditation and during his daily routine. For him, every moment in life is a Dhamma moment.
Dr. Ang Beng Choo
Dr. Ang Beng Choo holds BA (Hons), Cert in Education, MA and PhD degree. She worked for the Ministry of Education for more than 30 years. She was a schoolteacher, a lecturer, a teacher trainer, a school inspector, a curriculum developer, a textbook developer and an administrator. Presently, she is involved in various activities in many areas of Buddhism, education & social welfare, patron/adviser to many Buddhist organisations as well as tertiary institutions, consultant to ISS group of international schools, Marriage Solemniser, Family Life Ambassador and council member of National Council of Problem Gambling. She was awarded East West Centre Award by US government, Public Administration Award by the Singapore government and International Outstanding Buddha’s International Association. Dr. Ang is often invited to deliver lectures and public talks on personal development, happy marriage and children education.
Dr. Belinda Khong
Dr. Belinda Siew Luan Khong is informed by the Buddha's teachings. Her PhD thesis titled “A Comparative Analysis of the Concept of Responsibility in Daseinsanalysis and Buddhist Psychology” received a Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation and won her the Sidney M Jourard Memorial Student Award for outstanding research from the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1999. Dr. Khong is a practising psychologist and lecturer at Macquarie University, Sydney. She counsels individuals and families on relationship matters, stress management, communication and personal growth. She is an associate editor of the Transcultural Society for Meditation E-Journal, and serves on the editorial board of The Australian Journal of Counselling Psychology. Her research and teaching interests include integrating Western psychology and Eastern philosophies especially Buddhism. She has published numerous articles on this subject and most recently authored chapters in Psychology and Buddhism: From individual to global community (2003) and Encountering Buddhism (2003). She has also presented papers and conducted workshops on the integration of Buddhism and psychotherapy in Australia and overseas.
Dr. Eng Kong Tan
Dr Eng Kong Tan is Chairman of Metta Clinic, a group psychological practice in Pymble, Sydney. He was formerly a lecturer in the Dept of Psychological Medicine in University Malaya, KL. In his pursuit for a continuing understanding of the working of the mind, he came to Sydney to specialize in the psychotherapy. In the last 3 decades his contribution to psychotherapy include being Chair of the Section of Psychotherapy of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychotherapy and 8 years chairman of training of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australia. Currently he is on the faculty of 3 psychotherapy training institutes. In his medical student day, Dr Tan experienced being a novice monk during a university vacation period. In 1971, he founded the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia ( YBAM ) Dr Tan is a popular speaker on the subject of Buddhism and Psychotherapy. He is well known for his wit, clarity, sense of humour and light heartedness to simultaneously entertain and educate his audiences.
Dr. Peter Masefield
Dr. Peter Masefield is a lecturer at Sydney University as well as teaching at Maha Chulalongkorn University Thailand. He teach Pali Language.
Florence is greatly inspired to inquire into the /ethical /psycho-philosophic perspective of the Buddha’s teaching and its application to the path for liberation. After more than 25 years of seeking and research, Florence is fascinated to realise how the Buddha Dhamma provides a profound road map to experientially understand “nature as it is”. Since 2003, Florence had facilitated Dhamma discussion meetings at Eastwood and in 2008 commenced facilitating similar discussion sessions at Bodhikusuma Meditation Centre.
Mr. Giles Barton has been working with young people for over 15 years in the areas of oncology, substance use and mental health. At present he is the manager of an adolescent inpatient service and is completing a master's degree at Sydney University looking at the importance of spirituality in adolescent development.
Jim Teoh has been teaching Buddhist courses for over ten years. During this time he has taught numerous courses and meditation sessions at Buddhist Library. He has been teaching meditation class at Bodhikusuma since the centre opened in 2002. Jim facilitates a monthly Buddhism discussion group also.
Laurence Khantipalo Mills
Khantipalo was born Laurence Mills in North London in 1932. Following a diploma course in horticulture, he was called up for two years of National Service in the deserts of the Suez Canal zone. While in the army, he read his first book on Buddhism and immediately became a Buddhist. Khantipalo returned to the UK for a few years, but during a Buddhist retreat he decided to take ordination as a Buddhist monk (bhikkhu). Following ordination, Khantipalo spent three years in India. He then lived in Thailand for eleven years, studying in Bangkok with Ven Phra Sasana Sobhana and meditating in forest monasteries with Phra Acharn Maha Boowa and others. In 1973 he accompanied a senior Thai monk - Phra Pariyattikavee - to Australia, where they established Wat Buddharangsee in Sydney. Wat Buddha Dhamma was founded in 1978 at Wisemans Ferry, where Khantipalo stayed on as a teacher for fourteen years. Khantipalo disrobed and left Wat Buddha Dhamma in 1991. He is the author of many books such as Buddhism Explained, What is Buddhism? Calm and Insight, Buddha- My Refuge. Khantipalo is the co-founder of Bodhi Citta Buddhist Centre, a non-sectarian place of practice in Cairns, north Queensland.
Mr. Jeffrey Oliver
Mr. Jeffrey Oliver ordained as a Theravadan Buddhist Monk in 1993 under the name of Dhammarakkhita for eight years. He has practiced meditation over the last 13 years. He was trained in Burma under a great international meditation master. Jeff has shared his wisdom and experiences in many countries, including Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey. These days, Jeff lives in Thailand and runs meditation courses, workshops, Dhamma camps for youth and children and gives talks in Universities, government. He is the author of: "See it, Know it, Watch it go.."
President of Bodhikusuma Buddhist Meditation Centre and Bodhisaddha Forest Monastery
Patrick has over 25 years experience in Buddhist meditation. Since 1984 he has trained in Vipasana (insight) meditation in the lineage of the late Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. His teachers have included Sayadaw U Pandita, Sayadaw U Lakhana, Sayadaw U Janaka and Christopher Titmuss. For 3 years Patrick was the resident teacher at the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre. Now based in Canberra, he conducts retreats, seminars and classes around Australia. He teaches the techniques of meditation along with the theory that underlies it. Understanding both, a student can become independent and self-directed.
Petrea King is a well-known author, inspirational speaker, and counsellor and workshop leader. She has practiced many forms of meditation since the age of seventeen and she is also qualified as a naturopath, herbalist, hypnotherapist, yoga and meditation teacher. In 1983 Petrea was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia and was not expected to live. Meditation and the integration of past traumatic experiences became paramount in her recovery, much of which was spent in a monastery near Assisi in Italy. Since then, Petrea has counselled individually or through residential programs more than 60,000 people living with life-challenging illnesses, grief, loss, trauma and tragedy. Petrea sees crisis as a catalyst for spiritual growth and understanding and as an opportunity for healing and peace. She is the Founding Director of the Quest for Life Foundation and the Quest for Life Centre. Petrea is a regular guest on ABC national and local radio and has been featured in many television programs and has received the Advance Australia Award and the Centenary Medal for her contribution to the community. She was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
T.C. Lim is an experienced Dhamma teacher who has given Dhamma Classes in various centres for over 10 years in Sydney as well as in overseas ( Malaysia),and a disciple of Ven.Dr.Sri Dhammananda. He also has been a regular Dhamma Teacher for Buddhist Library and Education Centre ( Exploring Buddhism ) for the last few years.
Winton is an academic and writer. He has practiced the Dhamma since 1987 and runs beginners meditation retreats at Wat Buddha Dhamma. He is also a lecturer at Macquarie University. For some years he has presented a seven week course that introduces people to Buddhism and Meditation. His course on the Wheel of Becoming answers requests from students of his introductory course for follow-on study, but is also suitable for others who have taken different routes into the Dhamma. Winton Higgins, a Sydney writer and academic, has practiced Dhamma for 17 years, and has been teaching it for around ten years. He now leads meditation retreats at Wat Buddha Dhamma, and teaches Dhamma both there and in courses at the Buddhist Library in Camperdown. He is a member of the Insight Teachers' Circle of Australia, an association of vipassana meditation teachers.