Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Mindful Content Kindness - Ajahn Brahm
jahn Brahmavamso (or known as Ajahn Brahm) was born in London in 1951. He regarded himself a Buddhist at the age of 17 through his reading of Buddhist books while still at school. His interest in Buddhism and meditation flourished while studying Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University. After completing his degree and teaching for a year, he travelled to Thailand to become a monk. He was ordained in Bangkok at the age of 23 by the Abbot of Wat Saket. Subsequently, he spent 9 years studying and training in the forest meditation tradition of the revered Venerable Ajahn Chah.
In 1983, he was asked to assist in the establishing of a forest monastery near Perth, Western Australia. The monastery, Bodhinyana Monastery, has approximately 20 resident monks. Ajahn Brahm is currently the Abbot of that monastery. He is also the Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of W.A, the Spiritual Advisor to the Buddhist Society of Victoria, and the Spiritual Director of the Cittabhavana Buddhist Hermitage in Bundanoon, N.S.W.
Ajahn Brahm also regularly visits prisons in WA to teach Buddhism and meditation. A widely travelled speaker, Ajahn Brahm conducts meditation retreats frequently both in Australia and in some Asian countries.