In addition to Ajahn Jamnian (Ajahn Jumnien), there will be a number of Buddhist monastics attending the retreat. You will have the opportunity to interact with people who have dedicated their life to the practice and principles of Buddhism. Typically, we expect eight to twelve monastics will be in attendance at the retreat.
List below are some of the monastics that have attended past retreats.
Phra Ajahn Vuttichai (Phrawoody)
Phra Ajahn Vuttichai, who prefers to be simply called Phrawoody has been a monk in the Thai Forest Tradition for over sixteen years. He is a senior monk of Ajahn Jumnien,a Thai Buddhist meditation master. He often travels with Ajahn Jumnien and translates for him in Thailand, Taiwan, and Maylasia. He is a native of Thailand, but has lived in the U.S. for about eleven years. Following the tradition of his teacher, Ajahn Jumnien, Phrawoody teaches in an informal style that is filled with humor, joyfulness, and ease that is contagious. Phrawoody currently resides in the Sunnataram monastery outside of Escondido, CA.
Luang Por Yai
Luang Por Yai (also known as Phra Sudhevo or Master Lim) is abbot of the Khema Meditation Center in Pearland, TX near Houston. He is former Abbot of the Buddhangkura Buddhist Temple in Olympia, WA. Luang Por Yai exemplifies the practice of mindfulness as a way of life with his deeply calm, wise, happy, and very kind demeanor.
Luang Por Yai has been a monk in the Thai Forest tradition for over 28 years, and as a monk has walked the many forests of Thailand. He has studied and traveled with Ajahn Jumnien. He has lived in the United States for over 15 years.
Phra Ajahn Ratsamee Chuntharo (likes to be called Phra Ratsamee) is the Abbot of the Buddhangkura Buddhist Temple in Olympia, WA (near Lacey, WA). Phra Ratsamee is a former resident of the Sunnataram monastery outside of Escondido, CA. He has been a monk in the Thai Forest tradition for over 24 years. He has taught mindfulness and meditation in Sunnataram Forest Monastery in Australia before coming to the United States in the mid-1990s.
Every summer, Phra Ratsamee oversees a novice program at the Buddhangkura Temple in Olympia where youngsters get a chance to learn Buddhist practices such as chants, prayers, meditation, and moral conduct.
Please Help Us Bring More Monastics
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