About Bodhinyana Great Southern Project
With the support of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia under the spiritual guidance of Ajahn Brahm, a private residence called ‘Bodhinyana Great Southern Project’ has been purchased and is being established as a private place of practice in the forest tradition, in the vicinity of Albany of the south coast of Western Australia. The friends in the local community have been sporting this private project and Venerable Mudu, the resident monk of the property, has also been looking at how he can support the local community, teaching at the local prisons, extending material & spiritual support to those in need, and teaching the Dhamma and the Buddhas Word at appropriate occasions.
This project is under the guidance of Ajahn Brahm, who is the abbot of monastery of Bodhinyana Monastery and the Spiritual of BSWA. The head monk is of the new project is Venerable Mudu, an Australian monk who is a disciple of Ajahn Brahm.
Venerable Mudu resides on the Albany Bodhinyana Great Southern Property.
Our plans for a new meditation hall, huts for the monks and other buildings will happen gradually over time. We first want to grow with the local community and our new neighbours.
Venerable Mudu offers regular talks and guided meditation instructions in Albany and Denmark.
All are welcome, come along and give meditation a go!
Every Friday 6:30pm-8:30pm at Manley Hall: 331 Ulster Road, Collingwood Heights.
Every Sunday 4-6pm at The Sanctuary Community Centre: South Coast Hwy, Denmark.
Visiting Bodhinyana Great Southern Hermitage
We warmly welcome your visit, but please give us a call prior to coming to ensure we’ll be present, because sometimes we go to people’s homes for Dana. (Phone Rob Warburton and Venerable Mudu on 9844 6666).
About Venerable Mudu
Venerable Mudu (born 1969, Neil Proudfoot) grew up in the Perth beach-side suburb of Sorrento and graduated from Duncraig Senior High School in 1986. After completing an Associate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Wembley TAFE) he spent his working life as a Mechanical Designer servicing Western Australia’s mining, oil & gas, and grain handling industries. Throughout lay life he was an active volunteer surf life saver. During his youth at Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club, and as an adult continued to enjoy active volunteer service with Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club.
After a chance invitation by a Thai friend to join her in offering food to the Buddhist Monks at Serpentine’s Forest Monastery he became inspired by their monastic way of life. Several years later after developing and understanding the importance of meditation he decided to take up the training to become a monk.
On 6th January 2014, after completing the two year trial and preliminary training, Venerable Mudu received the higher ordination as a full Buddhist monk (under his teacher and preceptor, the Venerable Ajahn Brahm) at Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery, Serpentine, Western Australia. Over the past few years Venerable Mudu has begun to provide meditation instruction at the Buddhist Society of WA (BSWA) and also teaches regularly at Karnet Prison Farm.
Previously Venerable Mudu was residing at Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery along with his fellow monastic community of approximately 25 monks. The monks at Bodhinyana Monastery enjoy a simple peaceful life of solitude with few possessions; a self-paced meditation practice; share one main meal a day and live in harmony with nature.