Phrakru Piyawajago was born in Thailand and has been a Buddhist monk for more than 19 years. After getting trained on Dhammakaya meditation for three years, he went to Taiwan to study Buddhism in which he graduated with Bachelor degree from Fo Guang University in Taiwan. He then came to Canada for the dissemination of the Dhamma in 2008. Phrakru Piyawajago along with his monk colleague established a meditation center in Montreal, Canada. In April 2014, The Sangha committees have appointed him as the Abbot of Meditation Center of DC, an non-profit organization in Metro DC area. His mission is to spread world peace through inner peace.
Phra Pasura Dantamano
Title: Chief of International Relations Division of Dhammakaya Temple, Visiting Monk
Phra Pasura Dantamano acts as the head teaching monk, lead advisor, and curriculum developer of the Peace Revolution Project. He constantly travels throughout North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia to lead retreats, trainings, workshops, and presentations.
He is also responsible for organizing, advising, location-scouting, hospitality management, & conducting various religious ceremonies and trainings – e.g. Novice Ordination Programs, ‘V-Star’ Youth Morality Development, ‘World Peace Ethics Contest’, Vesak Floating Lantern Ceremony – in various countries throughout Asia, Africa, & Europe. He’s has had the privilege to represent the Dhammakaya Foundation in various ceremonies in the above listed continents. Throughout the calendar year, Phra Pasura Dantamano aids the WBSY with organization / coordination in event planning, development, networking, peace building and meditation teaching, as well as advising for its many functions and youth outreach projects.
Phra Suwed Pathamavongsa (Steve)
Title: Resident Monk
Phra Suwed started his life in a well-to-do Buddhist family. He would have been a successful Electrical Engineering in his country if communism had not taken over Lao. Having strong head and freedom loving, he could be killed if he continued to stay there. He managed to escape from Lao by swimming across a wide Mae-Kong river at night to Thailand. Apparently he survived the gun fire and got his freedom in the USA. He had it all what people called “America dream” but still didn’t know what the real happiness is until his friend invited him to learn meditation at this center in 2007. He got hooked by meditation and Buddhism and found what he has been searching for “A real freedom and a real happiness”. He has been practicing meditation and studying Dhamma ever since. In 2012, he was ordained with an intention to follow the way of the Lord Buddha in studying meditation and Dhamma to the highest level. He has been teaching Buddhism and meditation in the UK, Switzerland, the US, and Thailand. He recently participated in five strenuous Walking Meditations for 30 days each in Thailand. Through his personal experience on the walking and sitting meditation and his life, he has profound knowledge on meditation and would like to share his insight with everyone.