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Dharma Teachers of Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery
Teachers are listed alphabetically by first name, with monks and nuns given priority. You may also enter any part of a name in the text box and click "Find Teacher by Name."

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Ajahn Candasiri
Ajahn Candasiri was born in Scotland in 1947 and was brought up as a Christian. After university she trained and worked as an occupational therapist, mainly in the field of mental illness. In 1977, an interest in meditation led her to meet Ajahn Sumedho, shortly after his arrival from Thailand. Inspired by his teachings and example, she began her monastic training at Chithurst as one of the first four anagārikās.

Ajahn Metta
Ajahn Metta was born 1953 in Germany. She became an Anagārikā in ‘93 at Amaravati and took higher ordination as a Sīladhāra in ‘96. During her monastic life she has been involved in many areas of the community. She is one of the group of senior nuns leading the Sīladhārā community. For the past few years she has been teaching meditation workshops and retreats. Prior to monastic life she worked as a secretary and office assistant. She is a mother of a grown-up son and was living a family life before entering the monastic path. She has been practising meditation since ‘84 and has experience of living in other spiritual communities in Europe and Thailand (Wat Suan Mokkh).

Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery Nuns' Community
The Aloka Vihara sisters are a community of bhikkhunis (fully-ordained nuns) dedicated to practicing the Buddha’s teaching in the style of the Theravada Forest Tradition. Their practice emphasizes simplicity, renunciation, service and an orientation towards learning from the natural world – all held within the context of the Buddha’s teaching. The sisters are embracing and integrating the realities and challenges of contemporary society into their practice.

Ayya Anandabodhi
Ayya Anandabodhi first encountered the Buddha’s teachings in her early teens, igniting a deep interest in the Buddha’s Path of Awakening. She lived and trained as a nun in the Forest Tradition at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries in England from 1992 until 2009, when she moved to the US to help establish Aloka Vihara, a training monastery for women, where she now resides.

Ayya Canda
Ayya Canda began meditating in 1996 with SN Goenka. She ordained in Burma in 2006 and moved to Perth, Australia in 2012 where she joined the Dhammasara community. Ayya Canda received Bhikkhuni ordination in 2014 and has since been asked by Ajahn Brahm to take steps towards developing a monastery in England.

Ayya Dhammadhira
Ayya Dhammadhira ordained as a nun in England in 2001, training in the Ajahn Chah lineage at Amaravati and Chithurst Monasteries. After leaving England in 2012 and ordaining as a bhikkhuni, she has been moving between various monasteries and practice centers both within the U.S. and abroad. Her interest is in the core teachings of the Buddha and also how they relate to the essential teachings of other spiritual traditions.

Ayya Jayati
Ayya Jayati has trained as a nun since 2007 and received bhikkhuni ordination in 2014. She currently resides at Aloka Vihara, a monastery for nuns in the Sierra Foothills near Placerville.

Ayya Medhanandi
Ayyā Medhānandī Bhikkhunī, is the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Sārāņīya Hermitage, a Canadian forest monastery for women in the Theravāda tradition.

Ayya Niyyānikā
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.

Ayya Santacitta
After being inspired by the presence & teachings of Ajahn Buddhadasa, i ordained 1993 at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, UK. In 2009 i co-founded Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery in the Sierra Foothills of California, where i enjoy creating sanctuary close to nature, practicing in community and bringing wisdom traditions to the environmental movement. i also offer teachings in German, my mother tongue.

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