Monday, January 14, 2013

Me, Me, Me, and More Me.

Taraliila pointed out how useful a good bio is in letting people know whether to trust you with their mental health (my words, not hers).  Until today I had a one-paragraph bio that I've used a couple of times, including for something called "The Mindfulness Movie" (seriously, check it out here: http://www.themindfulnessmovie.com/ ) - nothing special, just who-are-you-answering sort of thing. 

Well, today that changes.  Below is my new bio - big reason to publish it here is so people who read this can remind me if I've missed something.  Also to let people know of some of the things I've thought would be useful to others.

Background

Venerable Yuttadhammo (formerly Noah Greenspoon) is a Canadian-born Theravada Buddhist monk, ordained in 2001 under the guidance of Venerable Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo of Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

Practice

He has practiced intensive and daily meditation following the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition since January 2000.  He keeps discipline in line with the Theravada Buddhist monastic code, including not touching money, owning only one set of robes, etc.

Teaching

He has taught intensive meditation in Thailand, Sri Lanka, USA and Canada since 2003 and gives online teachings via YouTube ( http://www.youtube.com/yuttadhammo ) both live and pre-recorded.  He gives Dhamma talks in both English and Thai to both intensive meditators and by invitation to the general public.

Study

He studied Sanskrit, Pali and Indian Religion at McMaster University and University of Toronto, formal Thai Dhamma, Abhidhamma and Pali studies at Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong and teaches Pali classes to advanced meditators from time to time.

Publications

He has published two books electronically, How To Meditate: A Beginner's Guide To Peace ( http://yuttadhammo.sirimangalo.org/articles/how-to-meditate/ ) and Lessons in Practical Buddhism ( http://yuttadhammo.sirimangalo.org/lessons-in-practical-buddhism/ ).  The former has been translated into several languages including Chinese, Spanish, and Romanian.  He has also prepared a Pali Workbook ( http://static.sirimangalo.org/pali/cakkhupala_pali.pdf ) based on the commentary to first verse of the Dhammapada, and is in the process of publishing a Pali study guide based on traditional study methods.

He has also created a Digital Pali Reader ( http://pali.sirimangalo.org/ ) and a similar Android Tipitaka app ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.yuttadhammo.tipitaka ) which are used by Pali scholars around the world.

Work

He is the President of Sirimangalo International, a non-profit organization that maintains the website http://www.sirimangalo.org/ with both an online social network ( http://my.sirimangalo.org/ ) and an interactive Q&A forum ( http://ask.sirimangalo.org/ ).  He is currently working to establish a monastery in his home province of Ontario, Canada (see http://canada.sirimangalo.org/ ).  He also conducts yearly courses meditation courses in other parts of Canada, USA, Thailand (see http://thai.sirimangalo.org/ ), and Sri Lanka (see http://lanka.sirimangalo.org/ ), and works to maintain forest monasteries in both Thailand and Sri Lanka together with local monastics.