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bhanté samadhikusaloBhikkhu

Bhanté Samadhikusalo is the teacher, founder and spiritual director of Nirodha Retreats Worldwide.   As a lay teacher he has been teaching around the world developing meditation groups before he ordained as a monk in 2016.  Currently he resides in Sri Lanka and frequently travels to teach retreats.  Please find details on his early childhood, his teaching as a lay teacher as well as currently  as a monk.

Bhante H. Gunaratana: Compiled in 1990s in Bundanoon, NSW


Dhammaruwan was born in a small village near Kandy, Sri Lanka in November, 1968. From the age of about two, before he could read or write, he spontaneously started to chant the ancient Buddhist scriptures in the original Pali language, known only to a few scholar monks. Each day, somewhere around two o’clock in the morning, after sitting in meditation with his adopted and devoted Buddhist foster father for about twenty to forty minutes, he would spontaneously start to chant Pali suttas. On the Poya or lunar observance day, he would sometimes chant for two hours. Dhammaruwan’s foster father started making amateur recordings of the chanting and invited prominent scholar monks to listen. The monks verified that it was indeed the ancient Pali language and the boy was chanting it in an ancient style which no longer existed in the world. At the age of three in “Kelstan” Kandy he started to chant a certain verse of “Dammacca Sutta” (“Chakkukarani Nayanakarani”).

Ever since that day he has been chanting suttas from the Tripitaka (Pali Canon) with little or no mistakes. The chanting style of these suttas are his own and are nowhere else to be found or traced back to. As the child grew in age and was able to speak more, he related where he learnt this particular style of chanting the suttas and how he was able to chant such deep and profound suttas, which even an adult finds difficult to chant precisely. He has said that in 5th century A.D. he together with a few monks accompanied the scholar Monk, Bhadanthachariya Buddhagosa to Sri Lanka. He has said that including him (Mudithagosa) the others were monks who had by-hearted the Tripitaka or part of it. He says it is from this memory that he chants the suttas by recollecting that life. Until the age of 10, he was able to chant the suttas. The earliest recorded chanting was at the age of three.

Ever since that day he has been chanting suttas from the Tripitaka (Pali Canon) with little or no mistakes. The chanting style of these suttas are his own and are nowhere else to be found or traced back to. As the child grew in age and was able to speak more, he related where he learnt this particular style of chanting the suttas and how he was able to chant such deep and profound suttas, which even an adult finds difficult to chant precisely. He has said that in 5th century A.D. he together with a few monks accompanied the scholar Monk, Bhadanthachariya Buddhagosa to Sri Lanka. He has said that including him (Mudithagosa) the others were monks who had by-hearted the Tripitaka or part of it. He says it is from this memory that he chants the suttas by recollecting that life. Until the age of 10, he was able to chant the suttas. The earliest recorded chanting was at the age of three.

Bhanté Samadhikusalo (previously the meditation teacher 'Dhammaruwan') was born in a traditional Buddhist village in rural Sri Lanka and became famous for spontaneously chanting suttas in his early childhood.

Bhanté began his meditation practice with the teachings of Anagarika Shri Munindra of India and has since associated many world renowned meditation and Dhamma teachers. He has had over 35 years of meditation practice, co-teaching his first residential retreat as a layman in 1987 alongside the canadian Bhikkhu Wannasara. He was trained for many years under the guidance of Bhante Henepola Gunaratana Nayaka Thero, during which time he undertook temporary ordination as Samanera Dhammaratana.  Bhanté Samadhikusalo is a graduate of the Insight Meditation Society’s Professional Teacher Training Program (2005 - Barre, MA). In 2008 he founded the Nirodha Trust, and has since developed concepts for the Nirodha City Centre and Nirodha Bhavana Sanctuary. Bhante Samadhikusalo teaches worldwide, applying a unique formula of a ‘Nirodha Retreat’; bringing students complex teachings in a simple and engaging manner, while ensuring individual development.
 
On the 10th of April 2016, Dhammaruwan, the international meditation teacher with retreats in four continents, took permanent ordination as a Buddhist monk. Thereby, leaving the householder’s life entirely and renouncing all material possessions in his quest for liberation.
 
The ordination ceremony took place in the Bhavana Society’s Forest Monastery in West Virginia, USA before a large gathering of monks, lay devotees, his students and his friends. The ordination ceremony was conducted by his long-time Meditation Master Bhante Henepola Gunaratana Nayaka Maha Thero, who awarded him the monastic name of “Samadhikusalo”.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In 1975 as a 7 yearold child Dhammaruwan Met his 1st meditation Teacher Late Anagarika Acharya Munindra of India

In 1984 Late Ayya Khema tells Dhammaruwan to be a Meditation teacher

In 1986  Co-teaching his first Retreat with Canadian Bhikkhu Wannasaara

As a single parent Dhammaruwan Bringing up his two kids for 13 years

Trainning Under Bhanté Gunaratana

In 1975 as a 7 yearold child Dhammaruwan Met his 1st meditation Teacher Anagarika Acharya Munindra of India

In 1975 as a 7 yearold child Dhammaruwan Met his 1st meditation Teacher Anagarika Acharya Munindra of India

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