Board of Directors

  • Peter Kingsford
  • Rosiana Lim
  • Peter Athaide
  • John Barclay
  • Kar Na Tan

Staff Members

  • Manager: Kerrie Kiem
  • Senior Librarian: Molly Lim
  • Book Keeper: Marion Richards
  • Administrator: Aggi Badtke
  • Publicity Officer: Amy Lee
  • Assistant Librarian: Leanne Porter

2024 Volunteers

Library Team

Venerable Sister Sudhira

Hooiling Boey

Jacklin Fisher

Cris Garigliano

Janet Gilmour

Yusuf Hussain

Su Ling Lee

Leanne Porter

Events Team

Kerrie Kiem

Aggi Badtke

Peter Kingsford

Rosiana Lim

Leanne Porter

Marion Richards

Kar Na Tan

Audiovisual Team

Michael Holgate


Patricia Austin

Patricia has been a Buddhist practitioner for over 20 years. Her meditation training is in the Burmese Theravada tradition. Buddhism is integral to her daily life. Patricia was a clinical psychologist and is now retired. She previously worked in HIV/AIDS services and carried out research into the mental health of detained asylum seekers. For 19 years she worked at St Vincent’s Hospital in palliative care, providing psychological therapy to the bereaved. Patricia lives on the NSW Central Coast with her husband.

Dr Chien Hoong Gooi

Dr Chien Hoong Gooi is a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of the Psychology Clinic at UNSW, where he provides supervision and training to postgraduate Clinical Psychology students. Chien Hoong is a teacher of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation in the insight and mindfulness traditions. He previously served as the Buddhist Chaplain at the UNSW.

Bhante Tejadhammo

Bhante Tejadhammo is the Spiritual Director of the Association of Engaged Buddhists, founded in 1993, and senior resident monk at Sangha Lodge, 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 offers teachings for Buddhist groups and Adult Education groups throughout Australia. He has taught in Thai Universities and jails, and currently works with people who are seriously ill or dying – in their homes and in hospitals and hospices around Sydney. He also teaches prisoners who are seeking skillful and beneficial ways to deal with their problems.

Jim Teoh

Jim has been a Buddhist teacher for more than twenty years and was one of the initiators of the earliest Buddhist programs presented at the Buddhist Library. He has taught numerous Buddhist courses in 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.

Grahame White

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 played a primary role in establishing Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw in Australia, and co-founded the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Center.

Grahame currently leads introductory and day-long courses in Sydney and Wollongong, and regularly teaches longer intensive retreats in the United States. He helped pioneer a workshop format of teaching that enhances the transfer of mindfulness from formal sitting practice into daily life. He teaches a classical tradition of insight meditation with a relaxed, accessible style.

Associate Teachers

John Barclay

John Barclay began practicing mindfulness meditation in 1995 with the Lotus Buds group on Wednesday evenings at the Buddhist Library. He received the lamp transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in 2004. His teacher’s transmission poem encouraged him to share the dharma with young people so, in 2011, after retiring from paid work, he became a volunteer Special Religious Education (SRE) teacher through the NSW Buddhist Council. Today, he continues to share mindfulness and Buddhist values with young people in both primary and high schools as well as facilitating Wednesday evenings at the Buddhist Library with the Lotus Bud group. He has enjoyed a long and continued association with Unibuds, Sydney Wake Up group, the youth at Minh Quang Temple in Canley Vale, and in running workshops for Buddhist SRE teachers through NSW Buddhist Council.

Dr Susan Murphy, Zen Roshi

Dr Susan Murphy, Zen Roshi, is the founding teacher of  Zen Open Circle  in Sydney. She is in a lay lineage that draws Soto and Rinzai (koan) style of practice together, with a special interest in the way the Zen and Indigenous Australian sense of “care for country” come together.

Susan is a writer, freelance radio producer, and film writer and director. She directs the annual Buddhist Film Festival in Sydney, established in 2003, and teaches a postgraduate course in Chan/Zen Buddhism for the Masters in Applied Buddhist Studies at Nan Tien Institute in Wollongong.

Susan is the author of Upside Down Zen, Minding the Earth, Mending the World: Zen and the Art of Planetary Crisis, and Red Thread Zen: Humanly Entangled in Emptiness. Her most recent book, published in December 2023, is A Fire Runs Through All Things, which takes crisis as the invitation into Zen koan mind.

Bhante Sujato

Bhante Sujato is an Australian Theravada Buddhist monk ordained in Thailand in 1994. He played in a rock band called Martha’s Vineyard for many years before joining an intensive Buddhist retreat in Thailand, which introduced him to the Buddha’s teachings. Besides spending 3 years in the Bodhinyana monastery with Ajahn Brahm, he lived for several years in remote hermitages and caves in Thailand and Malaysia.

Bhante Sujato has taught the Dhamma and meditation to audiences in Australia and internationally, including in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the USA, Germany, Norway, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, and has spoken at several major international Buddhist conferences and events.

Bhante Sujato is well known for his articulate support for the fully ordained Bhikkhuni lineage. A special field of interest is the role of women in Buddhism, particularly the revival of the Bhikkhuni order within the Theravada tradition. As well as being a meditator and teacher, Bhante Sujato is a scholar of early Buddhism, with several books and essays of original and groundbreaking research.

Bhante helped to establish the Santi Forest Monastery in Bundanoon, where he was abbot for many years. He contributes to Buddhism in Australia through a variety of forums, including the Australian Sangha Association, Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils, Australia Partnership of Religious Organisations, Australian Association of Buddhist Councillors and Psychotherapists, Australian Association of Buddhist Studies, and Australian Religious Response to Climate Change.

Bhante Sujato is also the founder of

International Guest Speakers

Venerable Buddharakkhita

Venerable Buddharakkhita was born and raised in Uganda, Africa. He first encountered Buddhism in 1990 while living in India, and began practising 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, then spent eight years under the guidance of Bhante Gunaratana at the Bhavana Society, West Virginia.

Besides spending time at the Buddhist Center in Uganda, of which he is the founder, Buddharakkhita is the spiritual director of Flowering Lotus Meditation Center in Magnolia, Mississippi. He is also 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 practised 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. She 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 ( Many of her teachings are available on her web site ( and on YouTube ( You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Ajahn Dtun

Ajahn Dtun was born in 1955 in Ayutthaya, Thailand and raised in Bangkok. After completing his Bachelor of Economics, he became 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 is 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.

Venerable Chao Khun Keng

Venerable Chao Khun Keng Vinayadhamma Vidhes, aka Ajahn Keng, is a Singaporean monk from the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Mun Buridatto. He was ordained in 1987 under the recommendation of Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Ajahn Geoffrey). Luang Phor Jiak Cundo, a later generation disciple of Ajahn Mun Buridatto, was also one of his teachers. Ajahn Keng was conferred the title of ‘Chao Khun’ in 2013 by the King of Thailand. Currently, Chao Khun Keng is the Abbott of Santi Forest Monastery (Malaysia), President of Palelai Buddhist Temple (Singapore), and Wat Pa Doi Charen Tham at Omkoi (Thailand).

Dungse Jampal Norbu

Dungse Jampal Norbu is the son and dharma heir of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, the founder of Mangala Shri Bhuti and a lineage holder of the Dzogchen Longchen Nyingtik tradition. When Dungse Jampal was still an infant, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche’s root teacher, instructed Kongtrul Rinpoche to train Dungse-la to uphold and continue Kongtrul Rinpoche’s lineage. With life-long guidance from Kongtrul Rinpoche, particularly in traditional Buddhist shedra studies in India and the U.S., Dungse-la now teaches widely as well as engaging in an annual 100-day long retreat at Longchen Jigme Samten Ling.

Dungse Jampal has lived and traveled extensively in Asia, but spent much of his youth in Colorado. If you were to ask Dungse la how long he has been studying the Buddhist path, he would say, “Since I was born.” Under his father’s wing he has received many teachings and transmissions, sometimes while the two were walking in the mountains of Crestone. Dungse la’s anecdotal style and first-hand curiosity about how Buddhism relates to actual experience imbue his teaching with a fresh perspective, and reveal a natural wisdom and humour.

Professor James R. Doty

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 organisations 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 organisations 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 McGee

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.

Luang Por Piak

LP Piak is one of Thailand’s most respected teachers of Dhamma and meditation.  Born in 1948, Luang Por Piak’s  given name is Prasobchai but he was nicknamed ‘Piak’. As a child and young man Luang Por Piak did not have much interest in religion or meditation. It was when he was studying for his Masters in New York that Luang Por Piak began to develop an interest about the mind. When he returned to Thailand from New York for medical treatment, he spent some time in a monastery under the guidance of Luang Pu Boon Nah (disciple of Luang Pu Kao Wang). He soon discovered he has a genuine affinity for the practice and decided to ordain as a monk for the annual 3-month rains retreat.

When Luang Por Piak met Luang Por Chah, he had a strong intuitive sense that this was the right teacher for him. On 3 July 1976, Venerable Piak received full Bhikkhu ordination from Luang Por Chah. Luang Por Piak is now the abbot of Wat Pah Cittabhavana, Pathumthani, Thailand.

He will be accompanied by Ajahn Mudito, his translator.  Ajahn Mudito, born in Brazil, has been a monk for 12 years, and has spent the last 7 years living with Luang Por.

Brother Phap Hai

Brother Phap Hai is a senior monastic student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He was ordained in 1997 and formally authorised to teach by Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh in January 2003. Originally from Australia, he is an active meditation teacher who leads retreats, days of mindfulness, workshops and talks throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America and Asia.

Brother Phap Hai has the ability to offer a charming blend of ancient wisdom, Dharma scholarship and contemporary applications, sharing deep teachings in a warm, accessible and humorous manner. In addition to numerous online teachings and classes, his first book, Nothing to It: Ten Ways to Be at Home with Yourself, was published  by Parallax Press and second book, “The Eight Realizations, Buddhist Wisdom for Waking Up to Who You Really Are” is coming in July 2021.

Ajahn Sumedho

Ajahn Sumedho was born in the USA, became a bhikkhu in 1967 and trained nine years under Ajahn Chah at Wat Pah Pong, a forest monastery in Ubon province, Thailand. In 1976 he was invited to Britain; he established Cittaviveka (Chithurst Buddhist Monastery) in West Sussex in 1979, and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in Hertfordshire in 1984.

During his thirty-four years of being based in Britain, he taught extensively throughout the world, has inducted more than a hundred aspirants of many nationalities into the sama?a life, and also authorized the establishment of six other monasteries. Many of his talks are available in audio versions, and some have been transcribed and edited into a collection of books.

In November 2010, Ajahn Sumedho put aside his duties as abbot and teacher and is practicing in more secluded environments.

Ajahn Tiradhammo

Ajahn Tiradhammo was born in New Westminster, British Columbia in 1949. In 1973 he became a novice and took his higher ordination one year later at Wat Meung Man in Chiang Mai with Venerable Tong. In 1975 he moved, in order to be with Ajahn Chah, staying at Wat Pah Pong and Wat Pa Nanachat. He went on several tudong journeys through the northeast of Thailand and the mountains of Chiang Mai, visiting many famous forest meditation masters.

He was invited to England in 1982 to help with developments there. He spent two years at Chithurst Monastery, and three years in charge of Harnham Vihara in Northumberland. In 1988 he helped establish Dhammapala Monastery near Bern, Switzerland and also later at its new location in the Bernese Alpine village of Kandersteg where he was the senior monk until 2005. In July 2005 he assumed the position of Abbot at Bodhinyanarama, Wellington, NZ, until 2012.  He has since retired and is now a wandering monk, currently staying at Wat Buddha Dhamma, near Sydney.

Venerable Dr Vimokkha

Ajahn Vimokkha is the abbot of Pippaliwanaram Forest Monastery, Rayong, Thailand. He obtained his M.A. Buddhist studies and Ph.D. Buddhist studies from Mahachulalongkorn University. He has an extensive experience in teaching insight meditation and has been engaged by numerous organisations both in Thailand including Dhammasathan Chulalongkorn university and abroad such as Buddhist associations in Kuala Lumpur, Penang associations in Kuala Lampur, Penang and Singapore.

Venerable Dr has designed and conducted the popular program: “Development of mindfulness and Awareness” in the work place for various private organisations and also state government. He has vast experience in insight meditation gained from his practicing under various renowned meditation masters and from his own astute and intuitive exploration. His style of teaching meditation is approachable, candid and experiential. He is known as Loung Phor Vimokkha because it was used in his book on “The development of mindfulness for insight meditation” which was given a forward by professor Praves Vasee and Professor Rapee Sakrick for his pragmatic approach to the development of mindfulness.

Bhante Dhammagavesi of London

Venerable Londonaye Dhammagawesi is a Theravada Buddhist monk, ordained at the Springhill Forest Monastery on the hilltops of Kandy, Sri Lanka in 2007.

He received higher ordination in 2008 in the “Kalyana Yogasrma” sect, under the auspiciousness of the late Ven. N?uyane Ariyadhamma Mah? Thero.

Bhante Dhammagawesi was born in the city of London, United Kingdom, and educated in Sri Lanka. After graduating from Trinity College, Kandy, he migrated to the UK and lived the life of a successful corporate executive for 28 years.

Despite all his experience in telecommunications and consulting, he abandoned “himself” and joined the monastic community, to accomplish his own liberation while sharing some of his experiences with the wider world.

As a monk, he has had extensive experience with his own practice of Vinaya and meditation. He also has spent about 6 years in India and in the Himalayas experiencing his path.

Within the Australian community he has been involved with many young groups and families, assisting them with their personal circumstances and the practice of meditation.

Venerable Bambalapitiye Gñanaloka Thero

Venerable Gñanaloka Thero is a senior Sri Lankan Buddhist monk of the Theravada tradition, respected for his strict adherence to the Vinaya, deep commitment to meditation, and ascetic practices. Venerable Gñanaloka’s talks are direct and practical, reflecting the teachings of the Buddha in a simple manner, as well as including interesting anecdotes from his early life and his experiences as a monk.

When he was 14, Venerable Gñanaloka accompanied his parents to South Africa and spent his adolescent years playing cricket, walking in the natural wilderness and inquiring about the realities of life.

At age 23, after attending university in Cyprus, he returned to Sri Lanka and studied the texts of the key religions, such as the Bible, the Quran, and the Bhagawat Gita, to name a few. As he gradually turned towards the Buddha’s teaching, Venerable Gñanaloka discovered that Compassion (karuna) and Loving-Kindness (metta), as explained by the Buddha, are also part of the core teachings of other religions.

A turning point in his life was meeting Venerable Ñ?navimala, with whom he spent many years practising meditation and studying the Dhamma in Sri Lanka. In 1999, at age 28, he became a novice monk and was ordained as a Bhikkhu in 2001.

Venerable Gñanaloka has a special affinity for solitude and simple living, spending long periods every year meditating in the rugged mountains of the Himalayas, Nepal and India, as well as wandering on foot in the deep uninhabited forests of Sri Lanka. His constant companion is always the ancient practices taught by the Buddha.

Guest Monastic Teachers

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:

Bhante Shravasti Dhammika

Bhante Shravasti Dhammika was born in Australia in 1951 and converted to Buddhism at the age of 18. In 1973 he went to Thailand with the intention of becoming a monk, then to Laos, Burma and finally to India, where he was ordained as a monk under Venerable Matiwella Sangharatna, the last disciple of Anagarika Dharmapala.

He studied Pali at Sri Lanka Vidyalaya in Sri Lanka from 1976, and later became a co-founder and teacher of Nilambe Meditation Centre in Kandy. Since then, he has spent most of his time in Sri Lanka and Singapore. Currently, he is the spiritual advisor to The Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society in Singapore.

Bhante Dhammika had written over 25 books and scores of articles on Buddhism and related subjects. His most popular book, Good Question Good Answer, has been translated into 36 languages. He is also well-known for his public talks and represented Theravada Buddhism at the European Buddhist Millennium Conference in Berlin in 2000.

Apart from Buddhist philosophy and meditation, Bhante Dhammika has a deep interest in the historical topography of Buddhism and the tradition of pilgrimage and has travelled widely in India and other Buddhist lands.

Ajahn Khemavaro

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 led numerous retreats in Singapore , USA , Norway , and Australia . Currently, he is the abbot of Wat Buddha Dhamma. For more information, please refer to:

Phra Mana

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:

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 Akaliko

Akaliko Bhikkhu is an Australian monk in the Theravada forest tradition. He is the spiritual director of Little Dust and founder of Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community. Bhante Akaliko is also the spiritual advisor of Central West Buddhists and a chaplain at Western Sydney University. He sits on the boards of the Buddhist Council of NSW and the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils.

Bhante Akaliko went forth as a monastic in 2016 and received full ordination with Ajahn Brahm at Bodhinyana monastery in 2017. He lived for several years with Bhante Sujato at the Monastery at the End of the World in Sydney and now lives as a wandering monk, looking for a place to settle and shake off the dust.

Venerable Bom Hyon Sunim

Bom Hyon Sunim is from the Korean Zen tradition and is resident at the Korean Jong Bop Sa Temple in Sydney. Sunim relocated to Sydney in 2017, having lived in Victoria for the previous 8 years, where she was the resident teacher of the Bodhi Ahm Buddhist Centre and founded the Healthcare Chaplaincy program for the Buddhist Council. She is presently a PhD candidate at Western Sydney University and the Senior Buddhist Chaplain for the Australian Defence Forces – also Chairperson of the Australian Sangha Association (ASA).

Sunim conducts teachings and retreats and is active in interfaith, welcoming engagement with all who are spiritually and ecologically motivated to live in right relationship to the planet and all beings.

Venerable Dr Juewei Shi

Venerable Dr Juewei Shi is Head of Program for Humanistic Buddhism, Director of the Humanistic Buddhism Centre, and Senior Lecturer at Nan Tien Institute in Australia. She teaches subjects related to Humanistic Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism, supported by her research and development that revolves around acculturation and application of Buddhist teachings in the modern world. She has also authored Parading the Buddha: localising Buddha’s birthday celebrations. 

Venerable Dr Juewei began her career as an applied R&D engineer in Artificial Intelligence systems, then moved on to management positions in Singapore’s statutory bodies. She holds a PhD in Religious Studies and an MA in Buddhist Studies, as well as an MBA and an MSc in Computer Science and Engineering. She made her millennial decision to join the Fo Guang Shan order when she realised that she could be of the best service to humanity through promoting humanistic values in an increasingly divided world.

Venerable Mettaji

Bhikkhu Mettaji’s lifelong search for absolute truth started a long time ago in Europe in his teens. He is in his mid-60s now and believes he only found the real teachings when he touched Theravada Buddhism 10 years ago. He discovered that all the teachings of the Buddha are very honest and thorough, and passed all experiential investigation. There are no loopholes in the Suttas and the Eightfold Path does gradually reduce suffering.

He finds it a blessing to have Ajahn Brahmavamso as his preceptor and access to other marvellous teachers like Ajahn Brahmali, Bhante Sujato and Bhikkhu Bodhi. His name, Mettaji comes from a monk in the time of the Buddha and translates as ”Victory through loving kindness.” That is the aspiration he wants to fulfill in his practice and in meeting anyone, anywhere.

Guest Speakers and Teachers

Ana Brandao

Ana started practising meditation in 2004 under the guidance of Dharma teacher Master Behram Ghista. She then became interested in Vipassana meditation and met her now main meditation teacher, Ariya Baumann (nee Ariya Ñani), in 2008. Ana has attended more than 18 intensive meditation retreats in both the Tibetan and Theravada traditions, and started teaching mindfulness meditation for beginners in 2008. Her background as a scientist makes her classes practical and simple, yet with heart.

Chand R. Sirimanne

Chand currently works as a writer and researcher and her main interest is in Buddhist meditation, psychology and ethics. Although she comes from a traditional Buddhist country and her educational background is in languages, she became deeply interested in meditation around 2001 through the influence of Western monks and nuns, particularly Ajahn Brahm. Chand currently teaches meditation and works as researcher/writer and the focus of her interest is the mental and physical therapeutic potential of Buddhist meditation. She looks at how best to go beyond popular secular mindfulness to strengthen the mind and improve its emotional landscape using the many different meditative practices available in Buddhism and its system of ethics and philosophy.

Chris Barker

Chris Barker has practiced meditation for some twenty years, of which the last fifteen have been with The Lotus Buds sangha, a group in the tradition of Zen teacher Thich Naht Hanh, which stresses the value of mindful living in the present moment. He is also interested in the teachings of Zen teacher Bernie Glassman of the Zen peace maker Order and in what has become known as ‘secular Buddhism’. Chris has been a teacher in schools and universities for most of his professional life and in recent years taught a course called “Happiness: causes and conditions’, which was underpinned by core Buddhist principles and practices along with so-called ‘positive psychology.

Danny Taylor
Danny Taylor has been a practitioner of Buddhist meditation in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition since 1986. His primary teacher has been Sayadaw U Vivekananda in Lumbini, Nepal. He has also a Jhana meditator under the guidance of Leigh Brasington in the USA. Danny has worked as a psychologist and is a management consultant. He runs retreat/workshop and follow up processes to help people establish independent Buddhist/meditation practices, integrated into the nature of their everyday lives.
Danyah Preston

Danyah Preston is a Mindfulness and Compassion teacher in the contemporary Theravada Insight Meditation tradition, and also a graduate Mindfulness MBSR Level 1 Teacher.  She is passionate about exploring and sharing the liberating wisdom teachings of the Buddhadharma, and practices Tranquillity (Samatha) and Insight (Vipassana) meditation as one path of practice.

David O'Rose
David is an experienced leader of meditation groups both here in Sydney and also Hong Kong. His approach is utterly simple, natural and is a discipline of ease in practice. The living experience of a meditative approach to everyday life is the one aim of practice. The rewards of this simple practice are beyond words.
Dr Eng Kong Tan

Dr. Eng-Kong Tan is a friend and supporter of our Buddhist Library since the establishment day. He has presented many talks on Buddhism, Psychotherapy, Meditation and Spirituality in this room under the auspices of many organisations. Many of us will know of him as a doctor, a psychiatrist and as a Buddhist Psychotherapist. He is Founder President of the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists (AABCAP). He is a former Chairman of Training of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australia (PPAA). He established the Metta Clinic in Pymble, a group psychological practice, here in Sydney and he offers individual, couple and group therapies including a weekly mindfulness training group.

Frank Patay

Frank found the Dhamma at quite an early stage in life. According to his words he has been on a pilgrimage ever since then. He has seen the Dhamma spreading, the growth of Buddhism locally in the past 50 years. He wants to return something from the wonderful teachings he received from the great teachers of the past such as Ayya Khema, Phra Khantipalo…etc.

Giles Barton

Giles Barton commenced his regular practice of meditation in 1992 and has taken part in many weekend and ten day retreats with well known local and international monks including two three month silent retreats at Bodhinyana  monastery with Ajahn Brahm in 2000 and 2003. He has been a regular teacher at the Buddhist library for the last ten years and has also been active in supporting Buddhist communities in NSW. In addition to facilitating a number of retreats for young people and adults he has presented at the 2000 Australian Suicide prevention conference on a Buddhist approach to suicide prevention and contributed a chapter in 2007 to the book  ‘Spirited Practices’  based on people’s use of their  spirituality in the helping professions.  He commenced working with children and their families in the oncology unit at the old Royal Alexander  Children’s hospital in Camperdown in 1989, in which time he also commenced volunteer work with teenagers with Cancer (CanTeen) and served on both the state committee and was a member of the National Board from 1992-1995.  After leaving the Children’s hospital he went on to specialise in Child & Adolescent psychiatry and continues to work in the field on Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental health as a Clinical coordinator for inpatient and community services for the local health district  where there is an increasing emphasis on trauma informed interventions. He has a post graduate diploma in child and adolescent development and Masters in Behavioural Science (Distinction) for research into adolescent spirituality.

Gawaine Powell Davies

Gawaine Powell Davies has had an interest in Buddhism since reading Christmas Humphreys’ book Buddhism at the age of thirteen, and studying Eastern philosophy. It all makes much more sense to him since he learnt to meditate and became involved in the Insight Buddhist community. He has been a member of Bluegum Sangha for ten years, and is chairman of Sydney Insight Meditators and chairman of the Buddhist Council of NSW. In his other life he has recently retired as a primary health care researcher at the University of NSW, and is looking forward to being able to engage more fully in the Buddhist community.

Dr Jonathan Page

Jonathan Page has been a medical oncologist for 40 years and enjoys endurance cycling. He began his meditation practice in 1984 but to his chagrin was largely an erratic practitioner until 2004, generally employing meditation as a last resort to manage innumerable life crises (with variable impact).

He was persuaded to be more diligent in his meditation with the onset of a more difficult-to-shift despondency, particularly burnout mixed with depression. These were poorly managed by the “orthodox” medical establishment. Thankfully, over time, this crisis yielded to regular meditation and the comfort of the Three Jewels.

Jonathan Shearman

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.

Jeff Oliver

Jeff grew up at Shelly Beach, Australia, and trained as a Buddhist monk for 9 years in Burma. Throughout that time, he learnt many great qualities of the heart, of which forgiveness is one of the most important. Jeff has been teaching meditation for over 20 years and he found that forgiveness is perhaps the greatest foundation and preparation for meditation and for being a great person, living in peace and harmony and with a loving heart.

Jill Shepherd

Jill Shepherd began practising insight meditation in Thailand in 1999, and since that time has lived and worked at several meditation centres and monasteries in the US, Australia, England, and Thailand.

She spent seven years on staff at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, where she participated in several long retreats and Buddhist study programmes, as well as offering weekly meditation classes at a nearby prison.

She is a graduate of the IMS / Spirit Rock teacher training program in the US, under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and Gil Fronsdal.

She lives in Aotearoa / New Zealand and teaches internationally, offering insight / vipassana and brahmavih?ra retreats as well as ongoing study and practice groups focused on bringing the dharma into daily life.  She also leads courses and non-residential workshops exploring the relational practice of Insight Dialogue, as developed by Gregory Kramer and colleagues.

Katy O'Neill

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.

Kynan Sutherland

Kynan Sutherland is an authorised Sensei (apprentice Zen teacher) in the Diamond Sangha tradition, founded by Anne Hopkins Aitken and Robert Aitken in 1959. He was invited to teach in 2019 by Susan Murphy Roshi, founding teacher of Zen Open Circle in NSW and one of the leading voices in Australian Zen Buddhism. He currently lives and works in Castlemaine, Victoria, where he offers dharma talks, dharma interviews and regular practice events for Castlemaine Zen.

Kynan Tan
Kynan Tan is a meditation teacher who takes a collaborative approach to helping students achieve their meditation goals. He came to meditation after struggles with stress, anxiety, and depression and found the practice to be transformative. He believes that meditation has enormous potential for creating positive change and opening up new ways of relating to our experience.
Kynan draws upon a number of different modern and traditional techniques of contemplative and introspective practice. He is a longtime practitioner of the stages of samatha-vipassana (as presented in the book The Mind Illuminated), Rob Burbea’s insight meditation techniques, nondual awareness, and brahmavihara practices (metta, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity).
Dr Malcolm Pearce

Malcolm Pearce is a Buddhist psychotherapist, currently engaged as a clinical supervisor of addiction counsellors with consultation rooms situated at North Sydney. He also manages the Karuna Sanctuary, a retreat centre in the Blue Mountains. Malcolm has been teaching meditation for thirty two years in Australia and the USA drawing upon Tendai and Kegon traditions as his principal sources. He is the author of ‘The Mandala Dancers‘ a transpersonal study published on-line by the University of Western Sydney.

Megan Thorpe

Megan Thorpe is MA, Grad. Dip. Ed. Studies (Health), Dip. Teach., trained in Core Process Psychotherapy, a Buddhist-based psycho-spiritual psychotherapy, at the Karuna Institute in England. Megan is the manager of the Bereavement Counselling Service at at Calvary Hospital, Kogarah. Prior to this, she worked as a Spiritual Care Counsellor for people in the last months of their lives, and managed a team of volunteer carers who offered support to palliative care patients and their families. Megan is a faculty of member AABCAP’s two years professional training course. Over the last 25 years she has had experience in a number of different Buddhist traditions, and since 2003 she has been practicing in the Thai Forest tradition.

Patrick Kearney

Patrick Kearney is an independent dharma teacher in the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw. He has trained extensively in the Mahasi approach to insight meditation, his principal teachers being Panditarama Sayadaw and John Hale. He has also trained in the Diamond Sangha lineage of Zen Buddhism. His original teacher was Robert Aitken Roshi, and he has also studied with Paul Maloney Roshi.

Patrick has a particular interest in the original teachings of the Buddha – Buddhism as it was before Theravada or Mahayana were ever thought of. He studies Pali, the language of the earliest surviving Indian recension of the Buddha’s teachings, and seeks to bring his understanding of the early texts to the practice of dharma in the contemporary world.

Peter Kingsford

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.

Rod Lee

Rod Lee is a director of the Tibetan Buddhist Society in Sydney and has been teaching meditation and Buddhist philosophy for over 30 years. His teacher since 1978 was Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden who passed way in 2011.

Rod has been involved in health care management and education for the past 40 years. He was an executive administrator for a medical rehabilitation centre and has designed and delivered, meditation, stress management, and mindfulness programs for corporate and private clients.

Rod has been a meditation instructor for Nature Care College of Natural Therapies, and he wrote and narrated the Qantas Airways’ and Malaysian Airlines’ in-flight meditation audio programs.

He is also a Shiatsu practitioner and has also been an instructor of Tai Chi for the past 37 years.

Rosiana Lim

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.

Sue Toohey

Sue Toohey is an experienced Dhamma, meditation and yoga teacher, qualified in both Hatha and Dru styles of yoga. She regularly takes meditation drop-in classes at the Buddhist Library. Formerly a university lecturer in the School of Public Health at UNSW, she has a lifelong interest in using yoga to counteract depression and anxiety and develop mental well-being. She has been a Buddhist practitioner for more than 30 years.

Theresa Baw

Theresa Baw has been a Buddhist practitioner of insight meditation since 2001. She has benefited from the teachings in the Theravada traditions including: Mahasi Sayadaw; the Thai Forest tradition; and is currently practicing Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation. She has led regular group meditation sessions for the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre. She is on the working group of Mettarama, which is establishing an urban bhikkhuni (nuns) monastery in Western Sydney. Theresa works as a barrister and also teaches meditation to others in her chambers.