Luang Por Khemadhammo – Abbot
Venerable Ajahn Khemadhammo (Chao Khun Bhavanaviteht) OBE was born in England in 1944. After training and practising as a professional actor for some years, in 1971 he travelled to Thailand via the Buddhist holy places in India. In December 1971 in Bangkok he became a novice and about a month later moved to Ubon to stay with Ajahn Chah at Wat Nong Pah Pong. On the day before Vesakha Puja of that year, 1972, he received upasampada as a bhikkhu. In HM the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2003 he was appointed an OBE for services to prisoners and the following year at HM the King of Thailand’s birthday in December he was made a Chao Khun with the title, Phra Bhavanaviteht.
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Venerable Cittadhammo Bhikkhu ordained at the Forest Hermitage on June 2021. He was born in the french speaking area of Switzerland in 1991. Later on, he moved to Canada and studied Math and Physics at University of Montreal. During that time, he discovered meditation in the S.N. Goenka tradition and after a few years of practice and service for the Dhamma, he joined the monastic lifestyle first in Canada and finally in the UK.