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Monastic
Ajahn Kusalo
Ajahn Sambodhi
Ajahn Kongrit
Ajahn Naen
Ajahn Joe
Venerable Kusalacitto
Venerable Buddhisaro
Lay Stewards
Suan Duncan
Bruce Chatfield
Lindsay Jamieson
Beat Zogg

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 consecutive years.

Still married, with one son, it was not until 1990 that he was able to join Ajahn Viradhammo in Bodhinyanarama where he took bhikkhu ordination in 1992, remaining there until 1994 when there was an invitation to join Ajahn Sumedho in England. Six years at Amaravati Monastery led to two years in Wales, 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 establishing Tisarana monastery West of Ottawa.

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

Ajahn Sambodhi




Ajahn Kongrit



Ajahn Naen




Ajahn Joe




Venerable Kusalacitto


Born in Thailand in 1950 and grew up in Laos. Moved to New Zealand in 1985 and took part in the early years of Bodhinyanarama, eventually ordaining here as anagarika in 2011. After a year he travelled to Thailand where he took Bhikkhu ordination in 2012. Returning to Bodhinyanarama at the end of 2013 he has maintained residence until now.

Venerable Buddhisaro



Suan Duncan


Aunty Suan was born in Malaysia and has had a full-on family life with work and three sons. She was raised in a Christian environment but could never 'get the hang of it.' Her cultural interest in Buddhism developed later in life and the coincident connection with Bodhinyanarama and other factors in her lay life about 2010 led to her moving here in 2012. The kitchen, domestics generally and the community overall have benefitted from her steady presence.

Bruce Chatfield


Bruce was born in Kaeo in the far north on the edge of Waitaruke, a Maori Settlement, into a large, poor and dysfunctional family. In his mid-teens he met the dhamma and started developing a career in building, painting, poetry, busking and writing.

He married at 19 and had a daughter but, alas, separation from the loved... things generally fell apart through both death and disappearance. Many years were spent traveling supported by building and art with large murals in Greece, Thailand, Mexico, India and Canada.

Since the late '80s years have been spent in Buddhist centers in Australia and New Zealand. Bruce arrived at Bodhinyanarama in 2015 and has contributed generously to many building projects.

Lindsay Jamieson


Originally from Dunedin Lindsay worked as a lab technician for several years then as a farmer. Aged 28 he went full-time as an artist and sculptor. This worked well until the stock market crash when he supplemented his income by working at meditation centers. He has had a long standing association with the Goenka tradition so this went well. He also did work as a cabinetmaker.

Arriving at Bodhinyanarama after the vassa in 2015 he has been a very able and much appreciated member of the community spending his time between the workshop, the office, the kitchen and the cushion.

Beat Zogg