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.