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Biography of Venerable Ajahn Vajiro

Ajahn Vajiro (Phil Gunton), an English disciple of Ajahn Chah, has been a monk for more than 20 years. He was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1953. His formative years were spent in Malaysia although he did return to England (University of Bath) for his higher education where he graduated in 1974 in Economics. He took up a career in accountancy. While in England, a friend encouraged him to go on a 10-day meditation retreat at the Oakenholt Buddhist Centre near Oxford. In 1977, He met Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho when they visited the Hampstead Vihara.

In 1978, he decided to become an anagarika at Chithurst and then went to live in Ajahn Chah's monastery in Wat Pah Pong, Thailand. In 1979, he became a samanera (10- preceptor) and in 1980, he was fully ordained as a monk. Since 1984, Ajahn Vajiro has been assisting at the Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England that is under the leadership of Ajahn Sumedho.

The Venerable is the author of the following articles:-
Mature Emotion


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