Hello Householder, MP,
Ajahn Vajiro is a wonderful, knowledgeable monk. He came to visit us in Queensland for a brief time and I was impressed.
A little about him, and his eventual going to in Portugal:
Venerable Vajiro (Phil Gunton) was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1953. Upon graduating in 1974, he began a study accountancy. During this period, a friend encouraged him to go on a ten-day meditation retreat with John Coleman at the Oakenholt Buddhist Centre near Oxford. He attended further retreats there in 1976 and 1977.
Hearing about the visit Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho made to Oakenholt in 1977, he went to meet them at the Hampstead Vihara. He eventually moved next door to the vihara. In 1978, however, he asked to join the community as an anagārika; he left for Thailand just after the community moved out of London to Chithurst in June 1979. In October that year he became a samanera, and he received upasampada from Ajahn Chah in June the following year.
Venerable Vajiro returned to England in 1984, and assisted with the establishment of Amaravati Buddhist Centre. From 1985 to 1986 he resided at Harnham Buddhist Monastery and from 1986 to 1993 he lived at ‘Cittaviveka’. Then between 1993 and 1998 he led the community in ‘Bodhinyanarama’ Wellington, New Zealand. He spent the following three years living quietly in the hermitage ‘Sanghaloka’ near Melbourne, Australia. Before moving to Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, where he presently resides.http://www.amaravati.org/abmnew/index.p ... rticle/13/ Announcements - A message from Ajahn Vajiro
At the invitation of Luang Por Sumedho, and after checking with many members of the then resident community to ask if they felt it would be helpful for
me to be here, I arrived at Amaravati in 2001.
While here Luang Por Sumedho asked to me to help a group from Portugal
with setting up the legal structure to support monastics there.
When I began my involvement with that project I said that I was not intending to live there myself ... too old.
Last year the group there formally invited me to help further and lead the initiative for five years. Now I am older, it seems a good idea and I’m avail-
able, and learning Portuguese may stave off Alzheimer’s disease. Luang Por Sumedho is supportive of the project and the Elders’ Council here in Europe
are happy for me to try and see. Both Luang Por Liem and Luang Por Anek expressed their support too. The Portuguese bhikkhus from our communities will also be part of this development.
After the Kathina in November this year I have a commitment to visit New Zealand for six months.
With other teaching engagements along the way I plan to be back in the UK by early July 2012. Afterwards I intend to be based in Portugal, where at the
moment there is no base for Theravada monastics.
Anumodana for all the support offered.
Ajahn Vajirohttp://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cac ... g5tyIj9Y7g