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Ajahn Punnadhammo

Ajahn Sucitto
As a monk, I bring a strong commitment, along with the renunciate flavor, to the classic Buddhist teachings. I play with ideas, with humor and a current way of expressing the teachings, but I don't dilute them.

Ajahn Sumedho
Ajahn Sumedho is a prominent figure in the Thai Forest Tradition. His teachings are very direct, practical, simple, and down to earth. In his talks and sermons he stresses the quality of immediate intuitive awareness and the integration of this kind of awareness into daily life. Like most teachers in the Forest Tradition, Ajahn Sumedho tends to avoid intellectual abstractions of the Buddhist teachings and focuses almost exclusively on their practical applications, that is, developing wisdom and compassion in daily life. His most consistent advice can be paraphrased as to see things the way that they actually are rather than the way that we want or don't want them to be ("Right now, it's like this..."). He is known for his engaging and witty communication style, in which he challenges his listeners to practice and see for themselves. Students have noted that he engages his hearers with an infectious sense of humor, suffused with much loving kindness, often weaving amusing anecdotes from his experiences as a monk into his talks on meditation practice and how to experience life ("Everything belongs").

Ajahn Thanasanti
Ajahn Thanasanti was born in CA, has meditated for 30 years and has been a Buddhist nun for almost two decades. She was was part of the leadership team of the nuns at Chithurst. She let go of the formal affiliations of Chithurst in order to pursue the vision of monastic and lay practitioners working together to create viable practice communities. She is currently based in Colorado Springs, planning on moving to California.

Ayya Anandabodhi
Ayya Anandabodhi is co-founder of Aloka Vihara, a training monastery for women in San Francisco, where she currently resides. She has practiced meditation since 1989, and lived as part of the Ajahn Chah lineage at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries for 18 years. In 2009 she moved to the US and took full bhikkhuni ordination in 2011.

Ayya Medhanandi Bhikkhuni
Ayya Medhanandi, a Canadian (1949), is abbess of Sati Saraniya Hermitage ( www.satisaraniya.ca ) An MSc graduate, she began meditating at 21, studied with an Advaita master in India, and managed UN/NGO health initiatives for malnourished women and children. In 1988, on retreat in Myanmar, she took ten-precept ordination with Sayadaw U Pandita, then spent ten years at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery and eight years based in New Zealand and Penang. In 2007, she received bhikkhuni ordination in Taiwan and was invited to Canada to establish the Hermitage. She trains nuns and teaches meditation, especially for Hospice staff and volunteers, and is the author of 'Gone Forth, Going Beyond'.

Ayya Santacittā
Ayya Santacittā has practiced meditation since 1988. Her first teacher was Ajahn Buddhadasa, who sparked her interest in Buddhist monastic life. Since 1993 she has trained as a nun in both the East and West, primarily in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. She is co-founder of Aloka Vihara, a training monastery for women in San Francisco and received bhikkhuni ordination in 2011.

Bhante Bodhidhamma

Bhante Buddharakkhita
Bhante Buddharakkhita was born and raised in Uganda. Meditating since 1993, he was ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk in 2002. Now residing at Bhavana Society in WV, he teaches worldwide and in 2005 founded the Uganda Buddhist Centre.

Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is the founding abbot of the Bhavana Society. Born in rural Sri Lanka, he has been a monk since age 12 and took full ordination at age 20 in 1947. He came to the United States in 1968. “Bhante G” (as he is fondly called by his students) has written a number of books, including the now-classic meditation manual Mindfulness In Plain English and its companion Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness. Bhante G regularly leads retreats on vipassana, mindfulness, metta (Loving-friendliness), concentration, and other topics both at the Bhavana Society and elsewhere.

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