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Biography of Venerable Kumara Bhikkhu

Ayasma Kumara Bhikkhu (1972- ; lay name: Liew Chin Leag) was ordained a Buddhist monk in 1999 at the age of 27 by Sayadaw U Revata at Subang Jaya Buddhist Association. Currently, he resides in Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (, Taiping, where he learns from Ayasma Aggacitta Mahathera and acts as his personal assistant.

He graduated with a bachelor degree in education (Teaching English as a Second Language) from the University of Malaya. It was during his studies there that he became enthusiastic about the Buddha's teachings and decided that he wanted to live this life as a monk. Since then, with his training in education, he has been sharing the Dhamma in various ways and in several languages (mainly English, Mandarin and Hokkien) with Buddhists of various traditions and non-Buddhists too.

Inspired by his main meditation teacher, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Venerable Kumara has been especially interested in spiritual teachings that show how to cultivate wisdom that removes the causes of suffering. Influenced by Ayasma Aggacitta Mahathera, he is open to Dhamma teachings beyond orthodoxy and tradition, so long as they work towards the ending of suffering. Having discovered happiness through this, he is happy to help others do so too.

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