Early life[ edit ] Peter Betts was born in London. He won a scholarship to study theoretical physics  at Emmanuel College , University of Cambridge in the late s. He subsequently spent nine years studying and training in the forest meditation tradition under Ajahn Chah. Bodhinyana was to become the first dedicated Buddhist monastery of the Thai Theravada lineage in the Southern Hemisphere and is today the largest community of Buddhist monks in Australia.
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Who is Ajahn Brahm? Initially they both lived in an old house in the suburb of North Perth, but in late purchased 97 acres , square metres of rural and forested land in the hills of Serpentine south of Perth. Bodhinyana was to become the first dedicated Buddhist monastery in the Southern Hemisphere and is today the largest community of Theravadan Buddhist monks in Australia. Initially there were no buildings on the land, and as there were only a few Buddhists in Perth at this time, and little funding, the monks themselves began building to save money.
So it was that Ajahn Brahm learnt plumbing and brick-laying and built many of the current buildings there himself. Becoming a Leader In , Ajahn Jagaro took a sabbatical leave from Western Australia and disrobed a year later, abruptly leaving Ajahn Brahm in charge. Despite initial reservations, Ajahn Brahm took on the role with gusto and was soon being invited to provide his humorous and uplifting teachings in other parts of Australia and South-East Asia.
But such recognition has not stopped him from dedicating time and attention to the sick and dying, those in prison or ill with cancer, people wanting to learn to meditate, and of course his own Sangha of monks at Bodhinyana. Large parts of the international Buddhist community have since rallied and campaigned in support of him. Contacting Ajahn Brahm Please note that Ajahn Brahm is unable to offer personal advice because he is already overburdened with his many responsibilities.
For general information and all the contact details for the BSWA monasteries and centres visit www. Our monastery depends solely upon the financial and material support of its lay disciples. With a large resident community, and many social services to perform, our running costs are considerable. Your generous donations will guarantee the future survival and continued success of Bodhinyana Monastery. Bodhinyana Building Fund Goes towards the addition of facilities and structural improvements of the Bodhinyana Monastery complex.
Donations to this account are Tax Deductable for Australians. Bodhinyana Expense Fund Goes towards the maintenance of facilities and the payment of utilities such as electricity, gas, water, medical and dental care of monastics, telephone, monastic and volunteer transport and travel.
Explanation of how consciousness and life, How wise is to believe in horoscopes, and many other small yet thought provoking subjects that we need to understand in the correct perspective. Ajahn Brahm is starting a meditation retreat at Jhnana Gove today and Ajahn Brahmali gave a talk today about the difficulties the current day buddhist nuns experience in their monastic life. Babies do not come in to this world empty minded. Infact our characters , behaviour, likes and dislikes are not coming from our parents or induced by our society and environment.