Date: 11 Nov 2017 (Sat)
Time: 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Venue: The Buddhist Library, Level 2 Auditorium
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Ajahn Jayasaro will be doing a book reading of Ajahn Chah’s official Biography;

Venerable Ajahn Chah (Phra Bodhiyana Thera) was born into a typical farming family in a rural village in the province of Ubon Rachathani, N.E. Thailand, in 1918.

His impeccable approach to meditation, or Dhamma practice, and his simple, direct style of teaching, with the emphasis on practical application and a balanced attitude, attract a large following of monks and lay people in Thailand and abroad.

Ajahn Chah passed away in 1992, leaving behind a thriving community of monasteries and lay suporters in Thailand, England, Switzerland, Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S.A, where the practise of the Buddha’s teachings continues under the inspiration of this great meditation teacher. The training which he established is still carried on at Wat Nong Pah Pong and its branch monasteries, of which there are currently more than three hundred in Thailand and internationally. Discipline is strict, enabling one to lead a simple and pure life in a harmoniously regulated community where virtue, meditation and understanding may be skillfully and continuously cultivated.

About Ajahn Jayasaro

Ajahn Jayasaro (Shaun Michael Chiverton) was born on the Isle of Wight, England in 1958. In 1978 he became a disciple of Ajahn Chah, one of Thailand’s most renowned Buddhist monks and meditation masters, at Wat Pa Pong forest monastery in Northeast Thailand.  He took full ordination, with Ajahn Chah as his preceptor, in 1980.

After his initial five year monastic training Ajahn Jayasaro went on extended solitary retreat before taking on teaching and administrative duties.  Over the next several years he alternated between periods of retreat and service to his monastic lineage.  During this time he was entrusted by the elders of his order with writing the official biography of his teacher, Ajahn Chah.  In 1997 he assumed the position of abbot of Wat Pa Nanachat, the international monastery of Ajahn Chah’s lineage, where he remained until the end of 2002.

Since early 2003 Ajahn Jayasaro has been living in a hermitage at the foot of Khao Yai Mountain National Park. The Dhamma teachings and meditation retreats he gives at regular intervals at a nearby retreat centre offer inspiration to both lay Buddhists and monastics.  He is also a key figure in the movement to integrate Buddhist developmental principles into the Thai education system.  Many of his Dhamma talks are broadcast on radio and television.

Ajahn Jayasaro has written many books on Buddhist themes in the Thai language, a number of which have been translated into other languages, including Chinese, French, Italian and Portuguese. His English work, ‘without and within