A graduate of the University of Illinois, Ajahn Santikaro served in the Peace Corps in Thailand for over four years. A bhikkhu since 1985, he lived at Suan Mokkh Monastery in Thailand and served as Ajahn Buddhadasa's primary English translator for many years. He was abbot of Suan Atammayatarama and translated and edited "Mindfulness with Breathing" and "Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree". He is active in interreligious dialogue and engaged Buddhism.Santikaro Bhikkhu's vision for a monastic community and Dhamma center in the Midwest USA and in the midst of setting up "Liberation Park" .
Venerable Santikaro Bhikku has a particular interest in Christian - Buddhist dialogue, and has conducted retreats for Catholic religious in Thailand and the Philippines. For many years he has been a special friend of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM). He participated in the Way of Peace pilgrimages led by Fr Laurence Freeman and the Dalai Lama to Bodhgaya, India; Florence, Italy; and Belfast, Ireland; and contributed an article to WCCM's 25th Anniversary Newsletter ("Meditating with Filipina Sisters".) In Oct 2000 he was a speaker at the John Main Conference in Belfast.
Articles by Santikaro Bhikkhu available on-line are:
Asia Beyond the Millennium of Modernity - what direction Asia might take if it stopped following the West
- Being There- short article on monks protecting forests
- Dhamma-Yatra Bulletins - live reports from the Dhamma Walk for & around Songkhla Lake
- The Garden Of Liberation - introductory article about Suan Mokkh
- Liberation Park as Ashram -main ideas for a Suan Mokkh in the USA
- Preface to A Causa do Sofrimento na perspectiva buddhista
- The Investigation of What Is Important: The Second Factor of Awakening
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