Warmest wishes to Bhante Gunaratana on his 93rd Birthday

Theravada Buddhist Council of Malaysia (TBCM) extends our warmest regards and utmost respects to Ven. Sri Pandita Dr. Henepola Gunaratana Nāyaka Thero, fondly known as ‘Bhante G’, on Bhante’s 93rd Birthday today (7Dec).

TBCM wishes Bhante a Happy Blessed and Healthy Birthday.

About Bhante G. : ‘.. Born in rural Sri Lanka, he has been a monk since age 12 and took full ordination at age 20 in 1947. He came to the United States in 1968. “Bhante G” (as he is fondly called by his students) has written a number of books, including the now-classic meditation manual Mindfulness In Plain English and its companion Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness. Bhante G regularly leads retreats on vipassana, mindfulness, metta (loving-friendliness), concentration, and other topics both at the Bhavana Society.

Bhante Gunaratana is an internationally recognized author and meditation teacher. Prior to coming to the United States, he spent five years doing in missionary work with the Harijanas (Untouchables) of India and ten years in Malaysia, at Buddhist Maha Vihara, Kuala Lumpur. He has taught in a number of settings, including the Buddhist Vihara of Washington D.C. where he served as president, the American University in Washington D.C. where he served as Buddhist chaplain and also earned a Ph.D. in philosophy, and at meditation centres worldwide. Bhante G has a strong scholarly background and lifelong commitment to dhamma.

In 1985, Bhante G co-founded the Bhavana Society and became its abbot. He wanted to teach meditation in an environment allowing for longer retreats and intense practice free from the trappings of a city vihara. He continues to teach in the direct, compassionate style that characterizes his books and articles. Bhante G conveys a well-rounded approach to Buddhist Dhamma, touching on all aspects of the Noble Eightfold Path. He emphasizes metta bhavana (the cultivation of loving-friendliness) as a basis for samma-samadhi, or right concentration. As a teacher, he is known for his emphasis both on samadhi and on metta as part of spiritual training.

In 1996, Bhante G received the title of Chief Sangha Nayaka Thera for North America. This acknowledged his status as highest-ranking monk of his sect in the United States and Canada. Originally published in 2003, his autobiography, Journey to Mindfulness, was updated in 2017 with an “Expanded Anniversary Edition” adding five new chapters. In 2005, the Sri Henepola Gunaratana Scholarship Trust was founded under his guidance. This trust provides educations for poverty stricken children in rural Sri Lanka.

Bhante G continues to write books and articles, lead retreats, and teach at the Bhavana Society. …’- https://bhavanasociety.org/teachers/bg

Bhante’s many publications may be found here …https://bhavanasociety.org/our-books-page#tbcMalaysiaDhamma

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