Bhante Buddharakkhita

Our Founder & Abbot Bhante Buddharakkhita was born in Uganda, Africa. He first encountered Buddhism in 1990 while studying in India. He was fully ordained as a Buddhist monk by the late Most Venerable U Silananda in 2002 at the Tathagata Meditation Center in San Jose, California. He then spent eight years under the guidance of Bhante Henepola Gunaratana at the Bhavana Society, in West Virginia.  Founder/Abbot of the Uganda Buddhist Center in Uganda, Bhante is the founder of the Buddhist Peace Primary School in Uganda.
He is a long-time member of Global Buddhist Relief’s advisory council in New Jersey. Bhante has been teaching mindfulness meditation in Africa, the U.S., Singapore, and worldwide since 2005, and he is a much-loved teacher in many countries. His book, Planting Dhamma Seeds: The Emergence of Buddhism in Africa, tells the story of his religious and spiritual work in Africa.

Meditation is not about the content of our lives; it’s about how we relate to our daily experiences, whatever they may be. Meditation is about waking up and seeing clearly how we’re doing, what we’re doing, and why we’re doing it. Meditation is a reality check.

                                                 Bhante Buddarakkhita

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