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Bodhinyanarama: Residents
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The Resident Community

Ajahn Ariyasilo

Ajahn Ariyasilo was born in England and migrated to Australia in 1974. He became interested in Buddhism in 1975 and lived at Wat Buddha Dhamma in 1980 for few years. From there, he moved to Perth to help with the construction of Bodhinyana Monastery and took higher ordination under Ajahn Jagaro in 1986, making him the first to be ordained at Bodhinyana Monastery. He went to stay in New Zealand for three and half years with Ajahn Viradhammo before he took up residence at Amaravati Monastery in England under Ajahn Sumedho. He has mostly been influenced by Ajahn Sumedho's teachings at Amaravati monastery in UK. He stayed there till 2005 with a short visit to Australia in the late 1990s.

Ajahn Kusalo

Ajahn Kusalo is the current Abbot at Bodhinyanarama. Born in 1952 he grew up in Auckland. A chequered pattern of study and work, mostly in the building industry, eventually resulted in qualification as a Quantity Surveyor. However, a general disinterest in worldly gain led to many years of wandering throughout Australasia. Around 1980 he met Ajahn Jagaro in Perth, Australia and joined retreats led by Ajahn Sumedho who visited there for two conscutive years.

Because he was still married, with one son, it was not until 1990 that he was able to join Ajahn Viradhammo in Bodhinyanarama Monastery, Wellington. He took bhikkhu ordination in 1992 and remained there until 1994 when there was an invitation to join Ajahn Sumedho in England. Six years at Amaravati Monastery led to a couple of years in Wales which was a precursor to two years of wandering around Europe. Part of this time was a three week trip to Canada that eventually resulted in his living there for eight years, the last five of those being spent developing Tisarana monastery West of Ottawa.

A short visit to Bodhinyanarama in 2011 resulted in Ajahn moving back in 2012.
 

Venerable Hiriko

Venerable Hiriko was born in 1985 in the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. At the age of 19, in 2004, after completing Biotechnical Gymnasium (comparable to grammar school), he left home and became an anagarika at Santacittarama. In the same year he moved to UK where he took novice and Bhikkhu ordination with Luang Por Sumedho. During his time in the UK he spent various periods of time living at Aruna Ratanagiri, Cittaviveka (Chithurst) and Amaravati. For a short time he was also living at Wat Marp Jan, Thailand, with Ajahn Anan.

Venerable Hiriko will be in New Zealand at Bodhinyanarama for about a year and continue his monastic studies and interest in Dhamma publishing.

Ajahn Narado

Born 1964, grew up and lived on the Isle of Wight. Resident at Chithurst Monastery U.K. since October 2000.
He lived there for a year as a lay manager, anagarika and then samanera before taking upasampada in 2004. He spent a year at Bodhinyanarama in 2008 and has also visited several monasteries in Thailand. Arriving at Bodhinyanarama in November 2016 he plans to stay for a year or so.

Venerable Kondanyo

Born in 1976 in Poland. In 2007 requested anagarika precepts and a year later started monastic training in Cittaviveka (Chithurst) Monastery, UK. In July 2009, received upasampada - full admission to the Bhikkhu Sangha - in Amaravati Monastery, UK. The last two and a half years were spent practicing in Thailand.

Venerable Phasuko

Phasuko bhikkhu was born in The Netherlands in 1980 growing up and being educated there. He moved to England in 2012 living as a resident at Chithurst Buddhist Monastery, receiving upasampada in 2014.

Venerable Kusalacitto

Ordained in Thailand in 2012