Monks in Residence
Born in West Germany in 1966, Ajahn Dhammasīha studied Business Administration in West Berlin during the fall of the Berlin Wall. After encountering the Dhamma during extensive travels in India, he ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk in 1995 at Nissarana Vanaya, Meetirigala in Sri Lanka, with most Ven Pandita K. Jinavamsa as his preceptor. His approach to practice was guided by the Suttas of the Pāli Canon, which he studied extensively in their original Pali language, and by the examples of senior monks like Ven. Ñānavimala & Ven. Ñānadīpa.
From 1998 on he trained in monasteries of the Ajahn Chah tradition in Australia. During this period, he was fortunate to receive teachings from some of the foremost living teachers of the Thai Forest Tradition, like Tan Ajahn Tui, Tan Ajahn Plien, and Tan Ajahn Anan on their visits to Australia.
Since 2007 Ajahn Dhammasiha has served as the founding abbot of Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage, providing Dhamma teachings and overseeing the physical development of the first Monastery in Brisbane associated with the tradition of Ajahn Chah.
Ajahn Moneyyo was born in 1982 in Vienna, Austria, and started his monastic life in 2009 at Cittaviveka Monastery, UK with Ajahn Sucitto as Acariya. In 2010 he became Novice (Samanera) and in 2011 Monk (Bhikkhu) with Ajahn Amaro as Upajjhaya.
After residing at Dhammagiri for one year in 2015, he lived in Thailand for 3 years, mostly at Wat Pah Nanachat and Wat Boonyawad.
In March 2020, literally just 8 hours before Australia closed the borders, Ajahn Moneyyo returned to Dhammagiri with a long term perspective on a religious worker visa. He has been of most valuable support to Ajahn Dhammasiha and our whole community during the challenges of the pandemic, and has now spent four rains retreats at Dhammagiri.
Bhikkhu Kavidhaja was born in 1975 in Prague, Czech Republic. He met the Dhamma on meditation retreats led by venerable Sujīva in Europe and ordained in 2010 as sāmanera (novice) in MBMC Penang, Malaysia by burmese Sayadaw U Sujana (U Thuzana) as preceptor. Later he practiced mainly in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia and Italy. On 17th June 2016 received bhikkhu ordination in Kanduboda, Sri Lanka by Pemasiri Thera as Upajjhāya (Preceptor).
Tan Niddaro was born in 1981 in Mexico City, where he lived during most of his early years. After completing his studies in the USA and working in the UK, he encountered Buddhism
in 2013. In 2018 he ordained at Amaravati Monastery in the UK, where he trained for four years with Ajahn Amaro as his preceptor. He has now finished his 5th rains retreat to complete his training as a junior monk at Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage