Ven. Sri Saranankara arrived in Malaysia from Sri Lanka 30 years ago. Over the past three decades, Venerable has been working energetically to fulfill the spiritual and religious needs of Buddhists throughout the country. As its abbot, he had built the Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple in Sentul into an important monastery today with many resident bhikkhus.
Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, Āyasmā Saṅgāmaji became a novice monk in Sri Lanka in 1998 at the age of 24 with Bhikkhu Katukurunde Ñānananda as his preceptor. He got higher ordination in 2000. He lived with Bhante K. Ñānananda and in a branch monastery until 2007, then left to live in solitary places in the forests of Sri Lanka until 2014. This period was interspersed with a stay of half a year in Bodhinyāna Monastery in Perth, Australia. He later spent about two years in Thailand, in Wat Pah Nanachat and branches, and about five months in a forest monastery in New Hampshire, US.
In 2018 he came to Malaysia and has been staying in Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary for about a year.
His main interests are the study and practice of Early Buddhism, the training of the mind, and a simple monk's life in the forest.
Luang Por Thong Daeng 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 in the Thai forest tradition of the great master Venerable Ajahn Mun. His teacher, Venerable Ajahn Uttamo is a famous forest monk.
Luang Por Thong Dang went for “Tudong” (walking in forest tradition) for 4 years, walking from North East Thailand to South East Thailand. He then stayed with Luang Por Plien for 8 years in Chiangmai.
LP Thun is one of the first batch of disciples ordained by Venerable Ajahn Chah at Wat Nong Pah Pong. After ordination, LP Thun served and practised under Ven. Ajahn Chah at Wat Nong Pah Pong for 9 years. LP Thun was then appointed by Ven. Ajahn Chah as the abbot of Wat Pah Tam Seng, which has been established for 45 years as the 5th branch monastery of Wat Nong Pah Pong.
Luang Por (LP) Anek Yasadinno was born in 1946 in Ubon province, Thailand. He received ordination as a Buddhist monk in 1967 at his local village monastery and moved to Wat Nong Pah Pong in the following year to practise under the tutelage of LP Chah. In 1973, LP Anek became the first abbot of Wat Pah Sai Ngam and played a major role in building up the monastery, where he has since lived. He is one of the respected elders of the greater society of monasteries and monks in the LP Chah lineage in Thailand and abroad.
Luang Por Piak is one of Thailand’s most respected teachers of Dhamma and meditation. Born in 1948, Luang Por Piak’s given name is Prasobchai but he was nicknamed ‘Piak’. As a child and young man Luang Por Piak did not have much interest in religion or meditation. It was when he was studying for his Masters in New York that Luang Por Piak began to develop an interest about the mind. When he returned to Thailand from New York for medical treatment, he spent some time in a monastery under the guidance of Luang Pu Boon Nah (disciple of Luang Pu Kao Wang). He soon discovered he has a genuine affinity for the practice and decided to ordain as a monk for the annual 3-month rains retreat. One of his aunts advised him to visit three teachers: Luang Pu Kao, Luang Pu Fun and Luang Por Chah (all three being disciples of Luang Pu Mun). When Luang Por Piak met Luang Por Chah, he had a strong intuitive sense that this was the right teacher for him. On 3rd July 1976, Venerable Piak received full Bhikkhu ordination from Luang Por Chah. Luang Por Piak is now the Abbot of Wat Pah Cittabhavana, Pathumthani, Thailand.
Āyasmā Aggacitta is a Malaysian Buddhist monk who received higher ordination from his preceptor, Bhaddanta Mahasi Sayadaw in 1979. He trained under various teachers, notably Sayadaw U Pandita, Sayadaw U Tissara, Sayadaw U Acinna and Sayadaw U Tejaniya.
In 1994, Āyasmā Aggacitta spent 4 years in solitary meditation retreat in Sarawak. Since returning to West Malaysia in 1998, Āyasmā Aggacitta has spent considerable time investigating popular interpretations and practices of Buddhism in the light of the Pali scriptures, real life experiences and contemporary research findings. Using a critical yet constructive approach, he has been sharing his findings with interested parties in order to bring them closer to a practical reality they can more easily connect with. In 2000, Āyasmā Aggacitta founded Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS) in Taiping, Perak. In 2012 he accepted the invitation of the Theravada Buddhist Council of Malaysia (TBCM) to be on its Monastic Advisory Panel.
Tan Ajahn Siripanyo is a Thai-Malaysian monk born in London and educated in UK. He was ordained in Thailand and lived there as a Thai forest monk. Tan Ajahn Siripanyo is now the Abbot of hermitage Dtao Dam on the Thai-Burmese border in Saiyok National Park, beyond Kanchanaburi.
Ajahn Achalo was born in Brisbane Australia in 1972. He developed a keen interest in meditation at the age of twenty and a year later left for Thailand to study Buddhism more intently. After a two year period practising in various centres and monasteries, in 1996 Ajahn Achalo ordained as a Theravada Bhikkhu (monk) under Ajahn Liem at Wat Nong Pah Pong, the monastery founded by venerable Ajahn Chah. Although most of his training has taken place in Thailand, Ajahn Achalo has also lived in several international Forest Monasteries in the Ajahn Chah lineage.
Ajahn Achalo is deeply grateful for his many opportunities to study with well-practiced monks as well as for having been able to train in several traditional contexts, including meditation monasteries, remote forests, and periods on pilgrimage. During his years of training, he has received personal guidance from many remarkable teachers, among them, Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Jayasaro and Ajahn Kalyano. For most of his Bhikkhu life, he has considered Tan Ajahn Anan, abbot of Wat Marp Jan, to be his principal mentor. In addition, he has found the Dalai Lama's instructions and example to be of tremendous value.
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Venerable Buddharakkhita was born in Penang in 1971. After attending a short meditation retreat at Tusita Hermitage (Kuching) in 2008, he was inspired by Venerable U Mangala and the young monastic that he decided to go forth.
He was ordained in 2009 by the most Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw and began to train under Ven. U Mangala. He is fluent in both English and Mandarin. Currently he is assistant teacher to Ven. U Kañcana in Tusita Hermitage (Kuching), teaching meditation to monks, nuns and laity.
Ven Khai Zhao was born in Ipoh, Perak. In 1987. He took ordination with most Ven. Book Kian at Penang Ang Hock Si Temple. After graduation from Malaysia Buddhist College in Penang, he started teaching Dhamma in local prisons, especially to death penalty inmates from 1998. Since 2006, he has been travelling locally and abroad teaching Dhamma in prisons, conducting retreats and giving counselling and guidance.
Venerable U Maṅgala was born in Malacca in 1968. He was a graduate of the Law Faculty, University of Malaya.
Ven. U Mangala was ordained in 1996 by Ven. Pa-Auk Sayadawgyi and began practising Vipassana meditation under Ven. Pa-Auk Sayadawgyi’s close supervision and guidance. In 2006, Ven. Pa-Auk Sayadawgyi appointed Ven. U Mangala as the meditation teacher in Pa Auk Forest Monastery in Mawlamyine.
In 2008, with support from the Malaysia Dhamma Society, Venerable started teaching meditation in the newly established Tusita Hermitage (Kuching), Sarawak. Since then, Tusita Saṅgha Council has established Hermitages and Centres in Nepal Himalaya, Taiwan, Malacca, Penang and Taiping. He also established Tusita Dhamma Earth monastery at Semenyih in 2016.
Venerable U Maṅgala is the author of several Chinese Dhamma books, namely “The Price of Nature”, “Maṅgala Sayings” and “Maṅgala Zen”. Venerable is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka and Malacca Hokkien.
Venerable Dhammavuddho Mahathera is the abbot of Vihara Buhhha Gotama. As a layman he graduated from the University Malaya in 1971 and worked as an Electrical Engineer with the Public Works Department. In 1983, he went forth into the homeless life in the Mahayana tradition. Three years later, he was reordained in the Theravada tradition in Thailand. Thereafter, he spent about 10 years living the solitary lifestyle in quiet places.
He has written numerous booklets on Buddhism, e.g. Return to the Original Buddha's Teachings, Message of the Buddha, Buddhist Monk's Precepts, Liberation: Relevance of Sutta-Vinaya, Only We Can Help Ourselves, etc. His talks in English, Hokkien/Fujian, Cantonese, span the years 1988 - 2013. The 5 Nikayas in English, Hokkien Angguttara Nikaya, Samyutta Nikaya, Majjhima Nikaya; as well as other talks have been recorded in audio and video. In 1998 he established the Vihara Buddha Gotama, a 15 acre piece of land outside Temoh,Perak.In 2012, he consented to be on the Monastic Advisory Panel of the Theravāda Buddhist Council of Malaysia (TBCM).
Luang Por Liem Ṭhitadhammo is a Buddhist monk in the Thai Forest Tradition. He was born in Sri Saket Province in the Northeast of Thailand on the 5th of November 1941. After higher ordination at twenty years of age, Luang Por practised in several village monasteries throughout the Northeast until he joined the Forest Tradition in 1969. He took up the training under Luang Pu Chah, who later became one of the most famous monks in the country, and whose reputation and influence has continued to spread throughout the world, even today. Living under Luang Pu Chah’s guidance in Wat Nong Pah Pong in Ubon Province, Luang Por Liem soon became one of his closest disciples. After Luang Pu Chah became severely ill in 1982, he entrusted Luang Por Liem to lead the monastery. Shortly thereafter, as Luang Pu Chah’s illness prevented him from speaking, the Sangha of Wat Nong Pah Pong appointed Luang Por Liem to take over the abbotship. He fulfils this duty up to the present day, keeping the heritage of Luang Pu Chah’s Dhamma and characteristic ways of monastic training available for monks, nuns and lay disciples.
Luang Por Ajahn Sumedho (born Robert Kan Jackman, July 27, 1934, Seattle) is the senior Western representative of the Thai forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism. He was abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, UK, from its consecration in 1984 until his retirement in 2010. Luang Por means Venerable Father, an honorific and term of affection in keeping with Thai custom; ajahn means teacher. A bhikkhu for 45 years, Sumedho is considered a seminal figure in the transmission of the Buddha's teachings to the West.
LP Pasanno took ordination in Thailand in 1974 with Venerable Phra Khru Ñāṇasirivatana as preceptor. During his first year as a monk he was taken by his teacher to meet Ven. Ajahn Chah, with whom he asked to be allowed to stay and train. One of the early residents of Wat Pah Nanachat, LP Pasanno became its abbot in his ninth year. During his incumbency, Wat Pah Nanachat developed considerably, both in physical size and reputation. Spending twenty-four years living in Thailand, LP Pasanno became a well-known and highly respected monk and Dhamma teacher. he moved to California on new year’s eve of 1997 to share the abbotship of Abhayagiri with Tan Ajahn Amaro. In 2010 Tan Ajahn Amaro accepted an invitation to serve as abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England. LP Pasanno is now the sole abbot of Abhayagiri.”
Born in London in 1949, Luang Por Sucitto entered monastic life in Thailand in 1975. He took bhikku ordination there in 1976 and returned to Britain in 1978 to train under Luang Por Sumedho in the lineage of the Thai Forest master, Luang Por Chah.In 1979, Luang Por Sucitto was part of the group of monks that established Cittaviveka, Chithurst Buddhist Monastery in West Sussex, UK. Luang Por was abbot of Cittaviveka from 1992 till 2014. Presently, LP travels on teaching engagements throughout the world.
Born in England in 1956, Ven. Amaro Bhikkhu received a BSc. in Psychology and Physiology from the University of London. Spiritual searching led him to Thailand, where he went to Wat Pah Nanachat, a Forest Tradition monastery established for Western disciples of Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah, who ordained him as a bhikkhu in 1979. Soon afterwards he returned to England and joined Ajahn Sumedho at the newly established Chithurst Monastery. He resided for many years at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, making trips to California every year during the 1990s.
In June 1996 he established Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley, California, where he was co-Abbot with Ajahn Pasanno until 2010. He then returned to Amaravati to become Abbot of this large monastic community.
Ven, Sayadaw Jnanapurnik Mahathera, a Pali scholar and Vipassanacariya has been working actively for the progress and development of Theravada Buddhism in Nepal. He was born on 21st November, 1939 in Tansen, Palpa which is about 90 kilometers north of Lumbini, the birth-place of Lord Buddha. Ordained as a novice at the early age of 16, he spent a year in Buddhist studies in Nepal and went to Myanmar for further study. He received “Sasanadhaja Dhammachariya” a highly reputed order of Buddhist monastic education of Myanmar in 1963. Besides this Dhamma education, he has also completed various levels of formal education which includes School Leaving Certificate (SLC) in 1971, IA (1974), BA (1977) and MA (Culture and History) from Tribhuvan University, Nepal along with Diploma in Sanskrit from Banaras Sanskrit University, India. He is an author and translator of about 50 books on Buddhism, both in Nepali and Nepal Bhasha languages. He was also one of the members of the publication team of the Pali Burmese World Dictionary, Burma (1964-66). He has travelled extensively around the world as a Meditation instructor.
For half a century, Ven. Sayadaw has been actively participating in the growth and development of Buddhism in Nepal. He is keenly interested in the education of the new generation in the line of Buddhist thought and philosophy. In fact, he has rendered a momentous service in this regard.