Visiting Teachers

Bhikkhu Thanissaro
Bhikkhu Thanissaro
Bhikkhu Thanissaro is the abbot of Metta Forest Monastery near San Diego, California. He is in the Dhammayut Thai Forest Tradition. His teacher was Ajahn Fuang Jotiko.



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Ajahn Punnadhammo
Ajahn Punnadhammo
Ajahn Punnadhammo has been studying and practicing Buddhism since 1979 and was ordained in Thailand in the forest tradition of Ajahn Chah (novice ordination Feb. 1991, higher ordination Feb. 1992). Between 1990 and 1995 he was based at Wat Pah Nanachat, Thailand.

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Ayya Nimmala
Ayya Nimmala
Ayya Nimmala trained under Ayya Medhanandi at Sati Saraniya Hermitage. She spends her time between Sati Saraniya and Vancouver, BC.



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Ayya Niyyanika
Ayya Niyyanika
Ayya Niyyānikā is appreciative of monastic life as her container for practice. She received her initial training with the Dhammadharini community from 2014 through 2019 and is currently practicing with the Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery community in Placerville, CA.

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Ayya Medhanandi
Ayya Medhanandi
Ayyā Medhānandī Bhikkhunī, is the abbess of Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage, in Perth, Ontario. She trained with Venerable Sayādaw U Pandita in Burma and then with Ajahn Sumedho in England.



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Ayya Santacitta
Ayya Santacitta
Ayya Santacitta is the co-abbess of Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery near Sacramento, California. She trained with Ajahn Buddhadasa in Thailand and Ajahn Sumedho in England.



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Ayya Santussika
Ayya Santussika
Venerable Santussika Bhikkhuni is the Abbess of Karuna Buddhist Vihara in Mountain View, California. She trained with Ayya Tathaaloka in California, continued her training at Amaravati and Chithurst Monasteries in England and completed her training with Ayya Sudarshana as her preceptor in Sri Lanka.

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Ajahn Sona
Ajahn Sona
Ajahn Sona is the abbot of Sitavana, Birken Forest Monastery near Kamloops, BC. His ordaining teacher was Bhante Gunaratana (born in Sri Lanka) but then continued his training in Ajahn Chah's international monastery in Thailand.

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Ajahn Pavaro
Ajahn Pavaro
Ajahn Pavaro, is a Canadian born monk who used to be a University lecturer teaching comparative religion in Calgary, AB. His teacher was Ajahn Sona. He has been living with Ajahn Achalo at Anandagiri Forest Monastery in Thailand for the past five and a half years as the 'second monk'.

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Ayya Ahimsa
Ayya Ahimsa
Ayya Ahimsa took Anagarika Precepts in January 2012 and then Samaneri Precepts in 2013 with Ayya Medhanandi at Sati Saraniya Hermitage. In 2016 she joined the nuns’ community at Aloka Vihara and was given Bhikkhuni Ordination in 2017 with Ayya Gunasari Theri as her preceptor.

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We are located in south Canmore. You are welcome to drop in for our group meditation practice on Tuesday and Friday. For other times please contact us for an appointment or view our event calendar for public talks, teachings, and retreats. 

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