Resident Community

Ajahn Vīradhammo: Abbot of Tisarana
Ajahn was born in Germany, 1947, to Latvian refugee parents. They moved to Toronto when he was four years old. Around 1969, while living in India, he encountered Buddhism, meeting the late Sāmanera Bodhesako, who introduced him to the teachings of the Buddha. He eventually travelled to Thailand to become a novice at Wat Mahathat in 1973 and took bhikkhu ordination the following year at Wat Pah Pong with Ajahn Chah. He was one of the first residents at Wat Pah Nanachat, the international monastery in north-east Thailand. Having spent four years in Thailand, he went back to Canada to visit his family in 1977. Instead of returning to Thailand, he was asked by Ajahn Chah to join Ajahn Sumedho at the Hampstead Vihāra in London. Later, he was involved in the establishment of both the Chithurst and Harnham monasteries in the UK. In 1985, invited by the Wellington Theravāda Buddhist Association, he moved to New Zealand, accompanied by Venerable Thanavaro, where he lived for 10 years, setting up Bodhinyānārāma monastery. In 1995 he came to the UK to assist Ajahn Sumedho at Amarāvati and stayed for four years before returning to New Zealand, where he lived until 2002. He was living in Ottawa caring for his mother for nine years and is now resident full time at Tisarana.
Venerable Suvijāno
Venerable Suvijāno was born in Southern Thailand in 1968. After finishing high school, he went to a fashion design school and entered the trade of sewing. In a short time Ven. Suvijāno owned a small sewing business designing modern clothing in Thailand. In addition to his professional life, he spent over twenty years visiting and offering dana to monasteries until deciding to ordain in February of 2008. Ven. Suvijāno went to Wat Chareantam, in Lopburi Province to begin his training. When he is living in Thailand, as part of the training in his particular tradition, he is required to go on tudong (as a wandering ascetic) for several months a year. Ven. Suvijāno has spent over three years living at Amaravati Monastery and has now joined Tisarana Monastery for an indefinite period of time.
Venerable Cunda
Venerable Cunda was born and raised in the northern Chicago suburbs. After completing his studies in university and working and living abroad, he returned to California to explore practice in the Theravada Lineage. In late 2005, Ven. Cunda started living at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in northern California. Training for two years as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera, Ven. Cunda ordained as a Bhikkhu on May 22nd, 2008 with Luang Por Pasanno as his preceptor. He spent eight and a half years training at Abhayagiri until moving to Tisarana Monastery in June of 2014.
Venerable Khemako
Venerable Khemako was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1959 into a large Catholic family and received his primary education from priests and nuns at the local Church-run school. His long-standing interest in the core questions of philosophy and religion led him to begin lay Buddhist practice in 1997. As his practice and faith in the Dhamma increased, his interest and involvement in lay life waned. Ven. Khemako trained for two years as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera, ordaining as a Bhikkhu on June 2, 2012 with Ajahn Pasanno as preceptor. In June of 2014 Ven. Khemako moved to Tisarana. From mid November, 2016, Venerable Khemako will be staying at Arrow River Hermitage before returning to Tisarana in early April, 2017.
Venerable Khema
Venerable Khema, a Toronto native, began his Buddhist path in the S. N. Goenka Tradition before staying as a long term steward at Arrow River with Ajahn Punnadhammo. After visiting Tisarana in June of 2013, Ven. Khema decided to take anāgārika precepts a few months later. He completed a year as an anāgārika and a year as a sāmaṇera before ordaining as a Bhikkhu on October 11, 2015 with Ajahn Vīradhammo as his preceptor.