Bhante T. Seelananda Mahathera was born and bred in Sri Lanka as a Theravada monk. Having received the invitation extended from American Sri Lankan Buddhist Association of New York he came to U.S. for the dissemination of the Dhamma in 2002. Bhante Seelananda, along with his friends, established a meditation Center named “Samatha Vipassana Meditation Centre” in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Ven. Seelananda continues to lead retreats at the Bhavana Society and worldwide.
Bhante Jayasāra is originally from New Jersey where he worked in Child Protective Services for almost a decade as an investigator, case manager, and lastly a foster/adoptive home recruiter, in addition to having a small photography business.
Bhante J was raised catholic but for all of his adult life he was a “student of all religions and a practitioner of none”. In his late 20s however he developed spiritually and found his way to Theravada through the teachings of Bhikkhu Bodhi, Ajahn Brahm, and later Bhante G.
Venerable Badulle Suryarathana Thero who is a renowned Theravada meditation master at Isipathana Monastery in Ratnapura in Sri Lanka. The Thero is well versed with the Tipitaka Dhamma and a prominent member of the sangha community in Sri Lanka. And also the Thero is a pupil to the most eminent Theravada meditation master, Ven. Walalgoda Chandarathana Mahathero.
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Bhante Yogavacara Rahula Mahatera born in Southern California as Scott DuPrez in 1948. Became a Buddhist monk in 1975 at Gothama Thapovanaya, Kalupaluwawa, Sri Lanka. Lived at the Bhavana Society, West Virginia, USA from 1986 until 2010. Bhante Rahula is now Director and Principal Teacher at the Pannasiha Lion of Wisdom Meditation Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland.