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The Buddhist Library and Meditation Centre expresses sincere gratitude to all the Board of Trustees, centre staffs, volunteers, teachers and guest speakers for their gift of time and energy. Come, be part of the family!
Paget Sayers (Chairman of Trustees, Retired Company Director)
Dr Chien Hoong Gooi (Trustee, Clinical Psychologist)
Peter Kingsford (Trustee, Airline Pilot)
Tina Ng (Trustee, Lawyer)
Cecelia So (Trustee, Dentist)
Su Sian Teh
Venerable Sister Sudhira
Venerable Sister Sudhira
Dr Cecelia So (Dental Aid Coordinator, Dentist)
Hort Seila (Country Manager)
Kin Pheap (Assistant Country Manager)
Dr Kim Yon (Dental Clinic Manager)
Chhor Chinty (Water Tank Manager)
Suon Chanthuch (Education Coordinator)
Hiv Sovann (Dentist)
Say Timsan (Dentist)
Korn Sochetra (Water Tank)
Dr Chien Hoong Gooi
Ming De Teh
Su Sian Teh
Bhante Tejadhammo is the Spiritual Director of the Association of Engaged Buddhists founded in 1993, and senior resident monk at Sangha Lodge, Sydney. Apart from giving Buddhist teachings, he also works with people who are seriously ill in various hospitals, hospices and their homes in and around Sydney. Bhante teaches and conducts regular retreats and is a founding member of the Australian Monastic Encounter, which seeks to promote inter-religious and inter monastic dialogue. Bhante has taught in Thai Universities and jails. He works with people who are seriously ill and dying as well as with prisoners seeking more skillful and beneficial ways to deal with their problems. He also offers teachings for many other Buddhist groups as well as Adult Education groups in Sydney and throughout Australia.
Dr Chien Hoong Gooi
Chien Hoong is a Clinical Psychologist who has a deep appreciation of Buddhist teachings. He was previously involved in clinical research applying mindfulness practices in the treatment of Generalised Anxiety Disorder at The University of Sydney and also served as the Buddhist Chaplain at the University of New South Wales. He is a Trustee of the Buddhist Library and Meditation Centre, a member of the Australian Psychological Society, Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists (AABCAP) and a regular guest speaker at various Buddhist groups in Sydney. Chien Hoong is currently the Director of the University of New South Wales Psychology Clinic.
Jim has been a Buddhist teacher for more than twenty years and was one of the initiators of the earliest structured Buddhist programs presented at the Buddhist Library. He has taught numerous Buddhist courses in various organisations, such as the Buddhist Council of NSW, Buddhist Library, Indonesian Buddhist Society of NSW and Bodhikusuma Buddhist and Meditation Centre. Jim is a regular speaker and meditation workshop facilitator at University Buddhist organisations. He is also trained as a Hospital Buddhist Chaplain.
Giles Barton is a regular teacher at the Buddhist Library, a former Director of Wat Buddha Dhamma at Wiseman’s Ferry and a current Director of Santi Forest Nuns Monastery (Bundanoon). He has taught meditation to both young people with and without mental health problems and adults including staff of mental health services, staff of sexual assault services, for private and state schools and non governmenmt organisations. In addition to facilitating a number of retreats for young people, he has presented at the 2000 Australian Suicide prevention conference on a Buddhist approach to suicide prevention and contributed a chapter to the book ‘Spirited Practices’, based on people’s use of spirituality in the helping professions. Professionally Giles was one of the early tertiary trained nurse graduates who went on to specialise in Adolescent Psychiatry. He continues to work in the field of Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health as a Clinical Manager for local health services. Giles has a Postgraduate Diploma in child and adolescent development and a Masters in Behavioural Science (Distinction) for research into adolescent spirituality.
Grahame has been involved in Buddhist meditation practice for over 40 years. He began his study in England in 1969 before being ordained as a Buddhist monk for one year in BodhGaya, India in 1971. He took a primary role in the establishment of Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw in Australia and co-founded the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Center. He currently leads introductory and day-long courses in Sydney and Wollongong, and also regularly teaches longer intensive retreats in the United States. Grahame has also helped pioneer a workshop format of teaching that enhances the transfer of mindfulness from the formal sitting practice into daily life. He teaches a classical tradition of insight meditation with a relaxed, accessible style.
Patricia has been a Buddhist practitioner for 20 years. Her meditation training is in the Burmese Theravada tradition with Patrick Kearney as her principal Buddhist teacher. Patricia is a clinical psychologist. She currently has a small part-time psychology private practice. From 1995 to 2014 she worked at Sacred Heart Palliative Care Service specialising in psychological therapy for the bereaved. In this position she also provided education, carried out research in palliative care, and was an honorary associate at UNSW and Sydney University. Buddhism is integral to her daily life and her professional practice. Patricia is married and lives in Sydney.
Bhante Sujato took his full ordination in 1994 as a bhikkhu at Wat Nanachat in Thailand. In 1996 he returned to Perth, and spent three years at Bodhinyana Monastery practising under Ajahn Brahm, who he considers his primary teacher. He left Bodhinyana in 1999 and spent three years in isolated hermitages in Malaysia and Thailand. In 2003, Bhante established Santi Forest Monastery, Bundanoon, and has overseen its development. As well as being a meditator and teacher, Bhante is a scholar of early Buddhism, with several books and essays of original and often groundbreaking research. He contributes to Buddhism in Australia through a wide variety of forums and organisations, including the Australian Sangha Association, Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils, Australian Partnership of Religious Organizations, and Australian Religious Response to Climate Change.
John Barclay is a lay teacher in the tradition of Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. He leads the Wednesday evening Lotus Buds group, which is associated with a number of lay Thich Nhat Hanh sanghas in the wider Sydney region and with the “Entering the Stream” Monastery in Beaufort, Victoria. John began practicing with Lotus Buds in 1995. He received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in 2004. He is married and has four children.
(Dr) Susan Murphy, Zen Roshi
Founding teacher of Zen Open Circle (zenopencircle.org.au), who have been meeting at the Library since 2000, and teacher since 2003 also for the Melbourne Zen Group (mzg.org.au). Author of Upside-Down Zen (2004 in Australia, 2006 in USA), and Minding the Earth, Mending the World (2012 in Australia, 2014 in USA). For two decades an academic in the fields of film, visual culture, writing, and social ecology, and author of many publications in those areas, she is also a film writer and director and frequent freelance radio producer of feature documentaries for the ABC.
Venerable Buddharakkhita was born and raised in Uganda, Africa. He first encountered Buddhism in 1990 while living in India, and he began practicing meditation in 1993. He was ordained as a Buddhist monk by the late Venerable U Silananda in 2002 at the Tathagata Meditation Center in San Jose, California and then he spent eight years under the guidance of Bhante Gunaratana at the Bhavana Society, West Virginia. He is the founder of the Uganda Buddhist Center in Uganda. Besides spending time at the Buddhist Center in Uganda, he is the spiritual director of Flowering Lotus Meditation Center in Magnolia, Mississippi. He is on the council of spiritual advisers to the Global Buddhist Relief, New Jersey. Bhante has been teaching meditation in Africa, Australia, Europe, Asia, and the U.S, since 2005. His book, Planting Dhamma Seeds: The Emergence of Buddhism in Africa, tells the story of his religious and spiritual work in Africa.
Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron
Venerable Thubten Chodron has practiced the Buddha's teachings for more than thirty-five years. A native of Los Angeles, she ordained as a nun in the Tibetan tradition in 1977 and received the full ordination of a bhikshuni in Taiwan in 1986. Venerable Chodron has studied extensively with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkhong Rinpoche, Zopa Rinpoche, and Lama Thubten Yeshe among many other Tibetan masters. With a clear, practical, and humorous style, she teaches Buddhist philosophy and meditation worldwide. Her numerous books, published in several languages, include Open Heart, Clear Mind; Buddhism for Beginners; Taming the Mind; Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path; and, most recently, Don’t Believe Everything You Think and was editor for Wisdom’s publication of Insight Into Emptiness. Venerable Chodron has been the resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Center in Singapore, and was the resident teacher and spiritual adviser for Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle for ten years. She is currently the Abbess of Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastic community in Newport, Washington, which she founded in 2003 (www.sravasti.org). Many of her teachings are available on her web site (www.thubtenchodron.org) and on YouTube (www.youtube.com/sravastiabbey). You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
Ajahn Dtun was born in 1955 in Ayutthaya, Thailand. He was raised in Bangkok. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, he decided to become a monk at Wat Nong Pah Pong with Venerable Ajahn Chah as his preceptor. Presently, Ajahn Dtun is the Abbot of Wat Boonyawad in Chonburi. Wat Boonyawad has grown from being a hermitage with a few monks to a large monastery with close to sixty monks training with Tan Ajahn. He will be accompanied by Ajahn Tejapanno, his translator. Ajahn Tejapanno, born in England, has been a monk for 21 years, and has spent the last 17 years living with Ajahn Dtun.
Professor James R Doty. Neurosurgeon, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
James R. Doty, M.D. is a Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and is the Founder and Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. The CCARE, of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor, aims to support rigorous research on compassion. Dr. Doty collaborates with scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism.
Dr. Doty is also an inventor, entrepreneur and a philanthropist. As a philanthropist, he supports a number of charitable organizations focused on peace and healthcare throughout the world. Additionally, he supports a variety of research initiatives and has provided scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities. He serves on the board of a number of non-profit organizations including as Chairman of the Dalai Lama Foundation and is on the International Advisory Board of the Council of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
Joah has spent the last two years leading a groundbreaking research project concerning meditation in Burma/Myanmar, the result of which is a printed guide to help Dhamma seekers coming to the Golden Land. The project is one of the representation of dana, meaning all contributors are volunteers, and the work is freely available as an e-book download for those hoping to make use of it.
Venerable Chao Khun Samai
Venerable Chao Khun Samai was born in Laos in 1943. He was promoted to a highest rank by the King of Thailand on his birthday in 2011 and presently known as Phra Thepsilaporn. He became a novice monk in 1956 and received his full ordination in June 1963. He excelled in his Dhamma studies and the language of Pali during his time as young novice monk. Venerable Chao Khun Samai was later admitted to study in Mahamakut University where he took additional three years in secular studies. He graduated from Mahamakut University in 1972 and came to Sydney in 1974 to help look after a newly established Thai monastery in Stanmore for 14 years. Later in 1984, he established and become the Abbot of Wat Pa Buddharangsee in Leumeah, where he presently resides. Furthermore, Mahamakut University has conferred upon him PhD Honorary Degree in May 2003, acknowledging his long service in spreading the Buddha's Teachings. He currently serves as the spiritual patron of Bodhikusuma Meditation Centre (Haymarket) and Unibuds (University of New South Wales Buddhist Society). For more information, please refer to: www.mahamakut.org.au
Ajahn was born in Vietnam in 1966. At the age of nine he moved with his family to live in California, USA. He obtained his BA in Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, Southern California. Except for a brief stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa, most of his jobs have been in the Banking/Finance Sector. While working as a stockbroker in Bangkok, he became interested in Buddhism and meditation. He began his monastic training at Wat Pah Nanachat, Thailand in 1999, and was ordained as a Bhikkhu in Ajahn Chah’s Tradition in 2000. Since 2005, Ajahn Khemavaro has lead numerous retreats in Singapore , USA , Norway , and Australia . Currently, he is the abbot of Wat Buddha Dhamma. For more information, please refer to: www.wbd.org.au
Venerable Phra Mana Viriyarampo was born in the busy city of Bangkok, Thailand. He studied as a medical student for 3 years before undertaking his religious vows. He has undergone meditation practice and training with several great teachers in Thailand and abroad. Throughout his first 14 years' experience as a monk, he has traveled to more than 30 countries teaching Buddhism and meditation, attending symposiums, conferences, religious events and many more. In the year 2000, for the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, Buddhism was represented by monks as volunteers for the Religious Centre in the Games Village. Venerable Phra Mana Viriyarampo was chosen as the Buddhist Chaplain together with other Buddhist monks from different traditions to teach meditation to the athletes and contingents of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Today, he focuses his training in teaching meditation and cultivating a healthy diet with exercise and wholesome living through Sunnataram Forest Monastery as Abbot. He continues to steer, guide and touch the lives of the Australian community through the Dhamma (teachings of the Buddha) and meditation to achieve happiness, calm and peace. He is a picture of health, an animator, a strong believer in the power of positive thought, a yoga & Tai Chi enthusiast and an inspiration both to the Sangha (monastic order of monks and nuns) and the lay community.
Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe
Khenpo la born in a Tibetan refugee family 1962 in Northern India, Khenpo Ngawang Damchoe became ordained at the age of nine. After ten years of training, in 1980, Khenpo went to study under Khenchen Appey Rinpoche in the Sakya College of Dhradun, and completed his final masters in 1991. In March 2002, Loppon Ngawang Damchoe was given the title of Khenpo at Bir Monastery presided over by His Eminence Ratna Vajra Rinpoche. In late 1994, Khenpo arrived in Australia to spread the teachings of the Buddha, following the instructions of His Holiness Sakya Trizin. In October 2009, Drogmi Buddhist Institute was founded by Khenpo, where regular weekly Buddhist philosophy studies, pujas, and meditation sessions are being conducted under his guidance. For the past 15 years, with his fluent English, Khenpo has been teaching all around Australia and internationally, in areas such as central and western Sydney, the Blue Mountains, South Coast of New South Wales, Queensland and more. For more information, please refer to: www.drogmi.org
Venerable Sister Sudhira
Venerable Sister Sudhira Bhikkhuni took her novice ordination in 2000 and her higher ordination as a full bhikkuni in July 2004 under the Most Venerable Rahatungoda Saddha Sumana, a senior Bhikkhuni from a small nunnery in Eheliyagoda, Sri Lanka. Sister is currently based in Sydney and holds a chaplaincy position at the Prince of Wales Hospital and generously gives her time as a volunteer at the Buddhist Library. A very personable and gentle teacher, Sister brings to her teaching a deep sense of kindness and compassion.
Venerable Thubten Choyki
Ven Thubten Chokyi is the Spiritual Program Coordinator for VI and one of our esteemed teachers. She is also the Director of Liberation Prison Project, a social services project affiliated to FPMT that offers spiritual advice and teachings, as well as books and materials, to people in prison interested in exploring, studying and practising Buddhism. Ven Chokyi is a member of the Women's Interfaith Network in Sydney.
Venerable Yeshe Chodron ordained as a nun in 2001. Coming back to Australia after a year of study and practice in monasteries, she helped run a Buddhist Centre in Sydney and trained with her teacher Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe for five years whilst working as well. Coming to India in 2004, Venerable Yeshe studied for two years in a monastery, but felt a need to make Buddhism accessable and socially engaged, whilst still trying to maintain her contemplative way of life. She met Indian Buddhists in 2005 and has been working with them ever since. Her teachers are Sakya Trizen (the second highest Lama in Tibetan Buddhism) and Ven Thich Nhat Hanh, the nobel peace prize poet and peace activist. Ayya Yeshe Bodhicitta is the author of 'Everyday Enlightenment' published by Harper Collins and is featured in the documentaries 'life beyong the begging bowl' and 'Through the Eastern Gate'.
Bornali's introduction to Buddhism was through friends from the UNSW Buddhist Society. The Buddha's simple yet profound teachings have had a major influence on all aspects of her life. Her main interest and focus has been the application of the teachings in daily life. She is a Project Manager by profession, and considers volunteering as one of her passions. She has mentored high school children, and is a volunteer Telephone Counsellor at Lifeline.
Jonathan’s journey with Dharma goes back to a visit to Sri Lanka as a child in the 1960’s where an encounter with Buddhist monastics left a strong impression. At University he studied Philosophy, Anthropology, Comparative Religion and Sanskrit, and discovered Vipassana Meditation. He attended several retreats at Wat Buddha Dhamma, formally took refuge in July 2007 and went on his first 10-day Vipassana Retreat in early 2008. In years past he has given courses in Buddhism at Warringah and Mosman Evening College. He has completed the Master of Buddhist Studies course at the University of Sydney. Jonathan works as a technical writer and instructional designer for a professional services company on the North Shore.
Justin has been actively serving the Buddhist community in Sydney for many years including having been a founding member of the Mitra Youth Buddhist Network, President of the UTS Buddhist Society, the co-convenor of the 2007 Mitra Buddhist Conference and is currently serving as the President of Mitra. Justin mentors students and also gives talks as part of the Dhamma Sharing Group at the Buddhist Library. In his own Buddhist practice he has also attended many meditation retreats abroad and locally. Professionally, he works as an IT consultant and was an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development, helping organisations use technology to increase transparency and fight corruption in Kenya.
Kok Hong Lau
Kok Hong encountered Buddhism during his time as a student through university Buddhist organisation. Since graduation he continued to be involved with various Buddhist events, youth community and temple group. He has subsequently developed an interest in personal practice and the application of Buddhism as a lay practitioner in a commercial environment. In recent years he began speaking in a number of workshops on Buddhism in between running a professional practice and raising a young family. Kok Hong is a Registered Architect and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Sydney.
Kumari Delgoda is a qualified lawyer with a Master’s degree in Law from University of London, UK. Her first experience of Mindfulness and Meditation practise was in England when she first heard an audio tape on walking meditation by a Buddhist Monk. Without even recognising that it was a form of meditation, she listened to the instructions and walked up and down a corridor, as instructed. After 20 minutes, she experienced a sense of tranquillity and clarity and started to really focus on the movement of her feet! Since obtaining the first taste of meditation in 1999, Kumari has spent many months in nature, and in meditation retreats, learning different forms of mindfulness and meditation practises, in the UK, US and Australia. Most recently, she spent a year at Santi Forest Monastery in Bundanoon, where she stayed in a Kuti (hut) in the forest, training in mindfulness practises, Loving kindness, Walking and Breath meditation. Currently she conducts Mindfulness classes for teenagers in Sydney and in Campbelltown.
Katy O’Neill PhD is a Clinical Psychologist practicing in the public sector. She is not a Pali scholar, and has never been ordained. Since stumbling into her first Sutta course at the Buddhist Library late last century she has volunteered for various Buddhist organisations, been on numerous retreats and attended as many Sutta courses as she could manage. She enjoys reading Suttas (especially short ones!) and wants to encourage others. She believes that there is a lot of wisdom and delight to be gained from the attempt, even while we continue (rightly) to rely on teachers and authors of leaned treatises to clarify our understanding.
Dr Ming De Teh
Dr Ming De Teh is a medical doctor, a role that inspires him to bring the qualities of Buddhism into his medical profession. He started learning Buddhism 10 years ago from the UNSW Buddhist society (Unibuds) and has been actively involved with the society. He found that Buddhism is a teaching that is practically applied and has very good applications in stress relief and changing the way people view their body and mind, and that inspires him. He is currently interested in sharing the teachings with people, and is open to different sects of Buddhism.
Peter came to Buddhism in 1997, and immediately felt an affinity with the teachings, akin to 'coming home'. A self-professed Dhamma addict, he has attended a number of silent vipassana retreats, as well as other,'daily life' retreats, and strives to incorporate the teachings into all aspects of life. Peter is a long-time volunteer at the Buddhist library, and in his work as an airline pilot claims the Buddhist path is conducive to smoother landings.
Rina has been a lifelong student of the Dharma, but it was her encounters with wise teachers in Thailand led her to deepen her understanding of the Buddhas teaching. She has practiced under teachers such as Ven Pramote and Ajahn Jamnian Seelasettho and has dedicated much of her life to service in the Buddhist community including helping with translations, art, design and volunteering. She is passionate about animal welfare, the environment and lives her life with a creative flair. Rina has a background in law, has taught classes in computer graphic design and is an entrepreneur in the field of medical innovation.
Rod Lee has studied under Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden since 1978 and has been teaching meditation and Buddhist philosophy for 22 years. He has been involved in health care management and education for the past 29 years. He is also a Shiatsu practitioner with extensive training in oriental medicine, nutrition and postural realignment and has also been an instructor of Tai Chi for the past 34 years.
Rosiana is an accountant by profession and has been practising for a decade. And throughout her practice, she has been touched by the profundity of the Buddhist teaching. She was actively involved in the Buddhist community through her role as an English Dhamma Talk Coordinator. She likes to attend silent meditation retreats and believes it's the conducive way to get in touch with her heart and to unveil the innate wisdom. She has attended a nine-day retreat with Ajahn Brahm and some weekend retreats with other senior teachers like Ajahn Dtun, Ajahn Viradhammo, Ariya Nani, and also some lay teachers.
Simon first came to the Buddhist library in 2002 as a student and was captivated by the accessibility and friendliness of the sessions. Since then he has undertaken forest retreats in Australia and Europe. All of this has lead him to reinforce that the dharma is here to work with in every single moment, no matter where you are.
Tina is the Principal Solicitor of Metta Legal, a role which encourages her to bring Buddhist ethical principles into her practice of law. She has actively participated in the UNSW Buddhist Society (Unibuds), and is an active member of the Buddhist community generally. She is interested in sharing the Buddha's teachings in all kinds of forums and media. Some of these projects include writing for print and online publications, editing Buddhist books, organising Buddhist community events and also appearing briefly on television.
Terry came to Buddhism quite late in life but has been a daily meditator and a regular visitor to Dhamma talks at the Library for over nine years. A bookkeeper with a scientific bias, he appreciates the way Buddhism challenges one to "try it" and evaluate what happens. His favourite Buddhist author is the nun Pema Chodron and he does a lot of walking meditation.
Theresa is a barrister who began practising Buddhist insight meditation and seriously learning about Buddhism in about 2001 by attending retreats at the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre (BMIMC). For a number of years she has served as a volunteer committee member at BMIMC. She also raises funds in Australia and overseas to support an orphanage in Myanmar run by Buddhist nuns. Theresa enjoys learning and sharing the Dharma, and being part of a Buddhist community.
Zen came across Buddhism as a university student in New Zealand in 2001 and immediately felt an affinity to the teachings of the Buddha. He worked as a computer programmer and subsequently opened a restaurant business in his home country of Fiji. He attended his first Vipassana meditation retreat in New Zealand in 2008 and was immediately amazed by the immense benefits of combined Buddhist meditation practice and ethics. Since then, he has attended several extended meditation retreats in Australia and has organised two Vipassana courses in Fiji. His main interests include the application of Buddhism in daily life and in business and the propagation of the Buddha's teachings in the Pacific.