UPDATE as of 6/23/2022: Luang Por Sumedho’s final talk at Abhayagiri has been canceled.
Luang Por Sumedho is offering two Dhamma reflections at Abhayagiri during June. The time and date of these two talks is 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time on June 7 and 14. The talks are also livestreamed on Abhayagiri’s YouTube channel.
All are welcome to attend this event. However, please note that there is not any overnight accommodation available at Abhayagiri until mid July.
For more information about Luang Por Sumedho please see below:
Luang Por Sumedho (Ajahn Sumedho) is the most senior western disciple of Ajahn Chah. He was born in Seattle, Washington in 1934. After serving four years in the US Navy as a medic, he completed a BA in Far Eastern Studies and an MA in South Asian Studies.
In 1966, he went to Thailand to practise meditation at Wat Mahathat in Bangkok. Not long afterwards, he went forth as a novice monk in Nong Khai, northeast Thailand and a year of solitary practice followed; he received full admission into the Sangha in 1967.
Although fruitful, the solitary practice showed him the need for a teacher who could more actively guide him. A fortuitous encounter with a visiting monk led him to Ubon province to practise with Venerable Ajahn Chah. He took dependence from Ajahn Chah and remained under his close guidance for ten years. In 1975, Luang Por Sumedho established Wat Pah Nanachat (International Forest Monastery) where Westerners could be trained in the English language.
In 1977, he accompanied Ajahn Chah to England and took up residence at the Hampstead Vihara with three other monks. Luang Por Sumedho went on to establish four monasteries in England and half a dozen branch monasteries around the world. The origins of Abhayagiri can be traced to Ajahn Sumedho’s visits to Northern California in the early 1980s.
Luang Por Sumedho has inducted more than a hundred aspirants of many nationalities into the samaṇa life. In 2010 he stepped back from his role as abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England. Luang Por Sumedho continues to practice and share the Dhamma around the world.
Luang Por Sumedho’s teachings are freely available in various formats including audio files, livestreams, and books. To access Luang Por Sumedho’s teachings, please see the following websites :