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Welcome to my weblog, a place where you can find all sorts of tedious details about my strange life as a Buddhist monk and meditator. I don't use this weblog to teach, since the medium doesn't seem suited for that. It does serve as an aggregation of text, audio and video teachings I have given elsewhere, so I hope that makes up for the lack of meaningful post-based content. Mostly, this weblog is just a way of letting those people who are interested know what I'm up to at any given time. If you are one such person, consider subscribing. Otherwise, you could check out the teachings in the menus above.



About The Name

The day before I was to enrobe, a monk in the monastery handed me a piece of paper that said, in Thai, "Yuttadhammo - one who has the Dhamma well-composed." I was well-pleased with this, though a little embarrassed to have been given such a self-aggrandizing title; it eventually became clear that most Thai monk names are of a similar character. One day, the subject came up and someone asked our teacher what the name meant. He gave a different translation: "Yuttadhammo - one who is composed of Dhamma."

Or, Truth Is Within.


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Biography

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 ( https://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. He facilitates an online meditation site at https://meditation.sirimangalo.org/ with group meditation and individual video-based meditation courses, and answers questions in a regular live broadcast via YouTube and audio streaming.

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://www.sirimangalo.org/teachings/how-to-meditate/ ) and Lessons in Practical Buddhism ( http://www.sirimangalo.org/teachings/lessons-in-practical-buddhism/ ).  The former has been translated into almost twenty different languages.  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.

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/ and has pages on both Facebook and Google+