Press Release - Pictures by Tissa Madawela
Ven. Ajahn Brahmavamso at London Buddhist Vihara
As a part of Ven. Ajan Bhamavamso's UK tour entitled " Real Dhamma" a Dhamma talk was held at the London Buddhsit Vhara on the 10th of October. It was sponsored by the " Anukampa Bhikkuni Project, the only Therawada Bhikkuni group in the UK. Ven. Bhamavamso is the spiritual advisor of the group. The topic of the Dhamma talk was "Cultivating Ethics in the Cybernetic Age". Head of the London Buddhist Vihara, Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain Most Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thera welcomed the large number of guests attended and gave a brief introduction on the day's talk. He said that Ven. Brahmawamso is not a stranger to the Vihara and very pleased to welcome the Mahathera again. He paid Punyanumodana to the Mahathera and the Anukampa Bhikkuni Project for organising the event.
Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera was born Peter Betts in West London,where the London Buddhist Vihara is currently situated. He considered himself a Buddhist at the age of 16. He came from a working-class background but won a scholarship to study Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University in the late 1960's. After graduating from Cambridge he taught in a school for one year before travelling to Thailand to train as a monk with Ajahn Chah Bodhinyana Mahathera.
Currently Ajahn Brahmawamso is Abbot of Bodhinyana, a Theravada Buddhist monastery in the Thai Forest Tradition located in Serpentine, Perth,Australia, Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, Spiritual Adviser to the Buddhist Society of Victoria, Spiritual Adviser to the Buddhist Society of South Australia, Spiritual Director of Bodhinyana Singapore, and Spiritual Adviser to Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project, in the UK. He is also working with monks and nuns of all Buddhist traditions to establish and develop the Australian Sangha Association.
Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project is a registered charity in the UK. It's objects are to advance Theravada Buddhism in the UK for the benefit of the public primarily by establishing and maintaining a residential centre or centres offering material support for Theravada Buddhist Bhikkhunis and women training towards full Bhikkhuni ordination and furthering the education of the public in the teachings and practices of the Buddha by organising educational activities.
The charity is run entirely by a tenacious team of volunteers committed to realising the ambition of establishing a Bhikkhuni monastery in the UK and creating a supportive space for Dhamma practice for monastics and laypeople alike.