Ajarn Tong

The Venerable Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo is the head vipassana meditation teacher of north Thailand and one of the most respected teachers in Thailand. His meditation method has become widespread throughout the world , especially in northern Thailand. Ven. Ajahn Tong was ordinated as a young monk at the age of 12 and as an adult monk aged 20. In 1954 he was invited to the Wat Mahadhatu temple in Bangkok where he completed basic training in vipassana meditation, followed by 2 years and 7 months of further practice in Burma under Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw (dec.) and Abhidamma studies with several well known teachers of the time, then returning to Chiang Mai in north Thailand. He began to teach vipassana and establish meditation centers throughout the north, including the famous Wat Rampoeng Tapotaram temple
Ven. Ajahn Tong has been teaching vipassana for nearly 50 years and heads over 50 temples and meditation centers in north Thailand and the world. He currently resides and teaches vipassana at the Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong Voravihara temple in north Thailand. 

Wat Phra Dhatu Sri Chomtong Voravihara Tambon Banluang,
Amphur Chomtong
Chiangmai 50160, Thailand

Tel.: +66-53-826969
Internet: Vippassana in Thailand

Phra Ajarn Ofer Adi

Phra Ofer Adi is a monk who has been practicing vipassana meditation since 1989 at Wat Lampang and Wat Chom Tong in Thailand under the instruction of Ven. Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo. Phra Ofer taught for several years in Israel before becoming a monk in Thailand 10 years ago, followed by several years as a monk and a teacher at a Buddhist temple near Frankfurt, Germany. 

In 2006 he was invited by the Newman Society to teach in Israel permanently, and until 2010 was residing and teaching in the Society's various temporary centers.  

Since 2010 Phra Ajahn Ofer resides and teaches in the new Newman society vipassana meditation center in Yavniel, Israel. He also teaches in various places in the world, mostly in the Buddhist temple near Frankfurt and Dhammacari Vipassana Center near Munich.

In 2010 Phra Ofer received an award for his support in Buddhism and it's teaching in the world from the governer of Chiang Mai province in Thailand. In 2011 he was awarded again and received the Sema Dhammacakka award from the Hon. princess of Thailand, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

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Thanat Chindaporn

Thanat is a disciple of and assistant to Ven. Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo and senior teacher of vipassana meditation. Thanat established and manages the meditation center for foreigners (non Thai ) at Chom Tong temple in north Thailand where he teaches and trains students and teachers. Thanat speaks Thai, Chinese and English and is married to Kate (Kathryn Chindaporn) who speaks English and Thai and is a senior vipassana teacher. Thanat began training as a novice in Bangkok aged 18 followed by short periods of temple life at Chang Mai. In 1985 he began formal training in under Ven. Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo (disciple of Ven Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma). 

In 1986 he began teacher’s training and has been teaching since 1988 under Ajahn Tong together with his wife Kathryn in Mexico City and Washington State, currently teaching courses in Thailand, India, Israel, Mexico and the U.S.A. 

Wat Phra Dhatu Sri Chomtong Voravihara Tambon Banluang,
Amphur Chomtong
Chiangmai 50160, Thailand

Tel.: +66-53-826180
Mobil: +66-9-7007129
Internet: Vippassana in Thailand
Mail: [email protected]

Kate Chindaporn

Kate began practicing vipassana meditation in 1986 under Ven. Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo and Phra Beniat Akaino. In 1987 she completed her apprenticeship and studies of the Pali Canon and Abhidharma . In 1999 she began to teach at the Buddhist University. 

She is a staff teacher at Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong and teaches courses in India, Europe and the U.S.A. She has often served as interpreter for Ven. Ajahn Tong on teaching tours and has published several translations independently, including “ The Only Way – an Introduction to 

Vipassana Meditation” by Ven. Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo. 

The Chindaporns were awarded a Thai Government Honor bestowed by the Hon. Princess for excellence in their contribution to the teaching of vipassana meditation. 

They have been teaching in Thailand and abroad for 20 years.

Wat Phra Dhatu Sri Chomtong Voravihara Tambon Banluang,
Amphur Chomtong
Chiangmai 50160, Thailand

Tel.: +66-9-7007129
Internet: Vippassana in Thailand
Mail: [email protected]

Hildegard Huber

Hildegard has been a student of Ven. Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo since 1992. 
In 1993 she starated to teach in addition to running her shop for natural nourishments. Since 1994 she organised meditation courses for Ven. Ajahn Tong and Thanat and Kathryn Chindaporn in Germany, France, Slovenia and Sweden. During these classes she assisted the teachers. 
In 1998 Ven. Ajahn Tong authorised her as vipassana teacher and gave her the name Dhammacari. Since then Hildegard teaches vipassana on her own. In 2004 she gave up her worldly professional life completely.
The Dhammacari Vipassana Meditation Center was founded in 2006 in Sonental (near Munich). Since then Hildegard has been living and teaching there. 
In 2010 Hildegard received an award for her support in Buddhism and it's teaching in the world from the governer of Chiang Mai province in Thailand.

Dhammacari Vipassana-Meditationszentrum gem. e. V.
Allgramsdorf 8
84056 Rottenburg a. d. Laaber
Tel: 08785 - 969 877
Fax: 08785 - 969 728

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Edward Kooij

Edward Kooij has been a practitioner of Vipassana since 1990. He has studied with the late Venerable Phra Banyat Akkayno in Wat Rampoeng, Chiang Mai and Venerable Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo in Wat Phradhatu Sri Chomtong Voravihara, Chomtong, Chiang Mai. 

Since 2000 he has been teaching in Canada and spending the winters teaching in the International Meditation Department at Wat Phradhat Sri Chomtong. The rest of the year he and his wife, Jodi, live and work in their own tree nursery, Sumana Garden, and as landscape gardener on Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada, along with their two greyhounds. 

His students esteem his clear and humorous way in teaching the Dhamma.

Asher Gal

Asher has been practicing vipassana since 1988 under Phra Beniat Akaino and Thanat Chindaporn. He assisted Thanat for several years and became a teacher in 2005.
When Phra Ajahn Ofer came to teach in Israel, Asher joined him in the Israeli center. In 2009 during Asher's visit in Chom Tong, he was officially authorised as a teacher by Ven. Ajahn Tong.
Asher is a diving instructor and stone sculptor residing in Eilat, Israel. 
Since 2005 he has been teaching in Israel and in Dhammacari Vipassana center in Germany.

 Sandra Luz Cibrian Ramirez

Sandra Luz Cibrian Ramirez is originally from Mexico and has been practicing Vipassana Meditation since 1990. Her teachers are the former Venerable Phra Banyat Akkaynoat at Wat Rampoeng in Chiang Mai and Venerable Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo at Wat Phradhatu Sri Chomtong Voravihara, and the last years Thanat Chindaporn. Since 1995 she has visited temples on a regular basis to attend meditation retreats. After a short while she also began to assist on retreats, and then started to teach in 1996. Since 2010 she has spent most of her time at Wat Chomthong and teaches there alongside Kathryn and Thanat Chindaporn. Over the last years, Sandra has also been invited to Spain and Mexico to teach meditation retreats there.

Jonathan Preboy

Jonathan. 46. South Africa. Started meditating in 1992 and worked as a psychologist for 6 years. Completed the basic Vipassana meditation course at Wat Chom Tong in December 2002. In April 2003 ordained as a monk for 2 months under Phra Achan Tong Sirimangalo and was invited by Khun Thanat to begin teacher training. Helped to start the meditation center at Wat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, at the request of Achan Tong. Very fortunate to visit Pope John Paul II in 2004 (also India 2005, Burma 2009, Israel and China 2011 and many temples in Thailand) with Achan Tong. Honoured to have been teaching Vipassana at Wat Chom Tong since 2005.

Martin Pack

Martin has been meditating since the age of  15 but started practicing  this style of vipassana meditation in the Ajarn Tong tradition since May 2002.  Has assisted Thanat and Phra Ofer.  In 2008 martin was asked by his teacher to try and set up a venue for vipassana meditation in the mountainous region of Pai.    Thanks to the kindness of Kun Charlie and Lek who own Pai Laguna Martin was able to rent the venue and start the first vipassana teaching in the style of our venerable teacher Ajarn  Tong Sirimangalo.  Martin has also organised and taught retreats in Northern Italy, France, Austria and England.  He is currently teaching in Pai Laguna in the winter months only.

Miriam YoungMiriam Young completed her basic course in insight meditation in 2002 withEdward Kooij in Hamilton, Canada. She was later temporarily ordained as aBuddhist Nun (Maechee) in the Therevada tradition by Ajahn Tong Sirimangalofrom 2002 until 2004. During this time she began the teacher training under Thanatand Kate Chindaporn and later also trained with Sandra Luz. In 2013 she wasappointed by Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo to teach insight meditation based on the fourfoundations of mindfulness. She teaches meditation in English mostly in Toronto,Canada and from time to time at Chomtong Temple and International MeditationCentre in Chiangmai, Thailand. She lives in Toronto with her husband, Alex, andworks as a registered nurse.

Alex YoungAlex Young first began practicing insight meditation with Phra Noah Yuttadhammoin Hamilton, Canada in 2001 and completed his basic course with Edward Kooij onHornby Island, Canada in 2002. He began teacher training under the guidance ofThanat and Kate Chindaporn in 2006 and later also with Sandra Luz. In 2013 he wasappointed by Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo to teach insight meditation based on the fourfoundations of mindfulness. He teaches meditation in English and in French mostlyin Toronto, Canada and from time to time at Chomtong Temple and InternationalMeditation Centre in Chiangmai, Thailand. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Miriam,and works as a civil servant for the Government of Ontario.