PLEASE NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGE: ANANDA’S TALK IS NOW THIS FRIDAY, 8TH SEPTEMBER, INSTEAD OF STEVEN TOWLER. STEVEN’S TALK HAS MOVED TO NEXT FRIDAY, 15TH SEPTEMBER.
Rains Retreat Friday Night Guest Speaker Details (no live streaming):
Speaker: Ananda Thilakasiri
Ananda was born in Sri Lanka into a Buddhist family & frequented the village temple with his Grandfather from a very young age yet, came to practise meditation only after meeting the then Ajahn Jagaro & Ajahn Brahm, around 1987. He has been meditating for about 25 years and considers Ajahn Brahm, Ajahn Brahmali & Bhante Sujato as his spiritual teachers, trainers & guides. He and his family started visiting Bodhinyana and Dhammaloka regularly in 1991 and he served as the Committee member of BSWA in 1996, as the Treasurer in 2010 & then, more recently, as the Secretary in 2022. He has also contributed to Buddhist communities overseas in various ways and is a student of early Buddhist texts from the Tripitaka, relying mostly on Bhante Sujato’s English translations of Sutta on SuttaCentral & also, Dhammaloka Sutta classes & Sutta Retreats at Jhana Grove. He gratefully acknowledges the support that he receives from the members of his family, who go to great lengths to help create conditions conducive to his practice.