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Guest Speakers

Rod Lee

Rod Lee has studied under Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden since 1978 and has been teaching meditation and Buddhist philosophy for 22 years. He has been involved in health care management and education for the past 29 years. He is also a Shiatsu practitioner with extensive training in oriental medicine, nutrition and postural realignment and has also been an instructor of Tai Chi for the past 34 years.

Giles Barton

Giles Barton is a regular teacher at the Buddhist Library, a former Director of Wat Buddha Dhamma at Wiseman’s Ferry and a current Director of Santi Forest Nuns Monastery (Bundanoon). He has taught meditation to both young people with and without mental health problems and adults including staff of mental health services, staff of sexual assault services, for private and state schools and non government organisations. In addition to facilitating a number of retreats for young people, he has presented at the 2000 Australian Suicide prevention conference on a Buddhist approach to suicide prevention and contributed a chapter to the book ‘Spirited Practices’, based on people’s use of spirituality in the helping professions. Professionally Giles was one of the early tertiary trained nurse graduates who went on to specialise in Adolescent Psychiatry. He continues to work in the field of Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health as a Clinical Manager for local health services. Giles has a Postgraduate Diploma in child and adolescent development and a Masters in Behavioural Science (Distinction) for research into adolescent spirituality.

Dr. Malcolm Pearce

Dr 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 (Transpersonal is a study used by different schools of philosophy and psychology in order to describe experiences and worldviews that extend beyond the personal level of the psyche, and beyond mundane worldly events) published on-line by the University of Western Sydney.

Ajahn Santutthi

His family fled Vietnam in the late 70s to start a new life in Perth. By chance he stumbled across Buddhism at the age of 21 and was quickly drawn to the teachings on meditation. By the age of 23 he decided to “give it all up” to walk the path of the Buddha.

He started his monastic life in Bodhinyana Monastery and practiced there for 8 years under the guidance of Ajahn Brahm. He has been living and training at Wat Buddha Dhamma since June 2012.

Ajahn Santutthi, who has been a monk for 11 years, was ordained by Ajahn Brahm in Bodhinyana Monastery, where he trained for 7 years. He left lay life at the age of 23 having spent a few years pursuing the career as a chef, learning how to bake lemon tarts and homemade chocolate ice-cream. After preparing one too many overcooked steaks and getting grilled for it by the head chef, he decided to walk away. He says of this past memory “I couldn’t stand the heat in the kitchen, so I quit.” Two year later he found himself in Bodhinyana Monastery. After his 7th year living at Bodhinyana Monastery, he decided to travel east to live in Wat Buddha Dhamma. He still considers Ajahn Brahm as he teacher and has now been living happily here for a few years, helping out with the building and maintenance work and the occasional teaching invitations.

Ajahn Kemavaro

Ajahn Khemavaro 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 lead numerous retreats in Singapore , USA , Norway , and Australia . Currently, he resides at Wat Buddha Dhamma.

Venerable Pannyavaro

Venerable Pannyavaro is an Australian Buddhist monk who has devoted his life to the meditational aspects of the Buddha’s teaching. During his monastic training, he practised under several meditation masters including Venerable Sayadaw U Janaka of Chanmyay Meditational Centre, Burma. During his 25 years of training, he studied and practised meditation in all of the major Theravada Buddhist countries. He brings a wealth of knowledge from his long training and life experience to help develop a practical, in-depth approach to the teaching of Vipassana Meditation. The Venerable is also the webmaster of BuddhaNet (Australia).

Associate Professor Gawaine Powell Davies

Gawaine Powell Davies is CEO of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity and the leader of its primary health care research stream. He has been involved for some years in research and evaluation on developing the capacity of primary health care services and systems to address complex health problems. His research interests include health services integration, including integration within primary health care and integration between primary health care and other sectors; and the evolving role of primary health care within the health system. He is currently leading the evaluation of Medicare Locals, part of whose role is to support primary health care to address complex issues like obesity.

Sayadaw Ashin U Nandiya

Sayadaw Ashin U Nandiya is the Abbot of Sasana Daja Burmese Temple. Sayadaw is the expert of Vipassana meditation and well respected by Burmese communities around the globe. Despite of his intermediate to advanced teachings, all levels of Dhamma practitioners still manage to understand him, mainly due to his calmness and patience.

Lachlan Warner

Lachlan Warner is an artist based in Sydney, Australia. His art spans photography, sculpture and installation, celebrating and critiquing eastern and Western spiritual traditions, particularly Buddhism. Lachlan lectures in Photography and is Gallery Co-ordinator at Australian Catholic University (ACU). He was the winner of the Blake Prize for Religious Art in 2001, the Campbelltown Contemporary Art Prize (2005), a finalist in the National Sculpture Award at the National Gallery of Australia and the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (2003-2005). Lachlan teaches at the ACU, Strathfield Campus.

Michael Ratanapanyo

Michael Ratanapanyo (Mick) came from a troublesome background having been raised in Balmain Australia in the early stages of migrating to Australia. It was until his mother was quite ill that she asked him to ordain as a Buddhist monk on her behalf in which he stayed and enjoyed practicing for 12 years. Now a lay person holding just 5 precepts, he enjoys the less restricted form of practice and many different point of view Buddhism has to offer.