I greatly appreciate feedback to the posts on this blog and will attend to whatever matters are brought to my attention so please do not hesitate to drop comments on the various posts. If you want to contact me personally please write to anandajoti [at] gmail [dot] com. I also have a Facebook where I update on the works I am engaged in.
I was born near Birmingham in England and spent the better part of my first 35 years there, but I have now been resident in the East since 1987, mainly in Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and Thailand. I ordained in the Theravāda tradition in Sri Lanka in 1995 and received higher ordination the following year.
I have numerous websites besides this blog, so if a particular aspect of the blog attracts or interests you, you may want to follow up the links below.
This was the first website I started in 2002 as a way of publishing material from the broader early Buddhist Tradition in the original languages together with annotated translations. The website, which has over 120 texts and is still expanding, includes mainly original editions, translations, and studies from both the early and medieval periods, in Pāḷi, Sanskrised Prākr̥t (BHS), and Classical Sanskrit. It also contains over 130 hrs of recordings of translations, and many maps and other reference materials.
In the year 2006 a supporter in Sri Lanka gave me a camera, and since then I have been taking photographs mainly of the temples, pilgrimage centres and historical sites in South and SE Asia. In 2009 after a trip to Borobudur, I started a dedicated website to house the various collections. As of 2015 there are more than 10,000 photographs on the site all published in high-definition files, with slideshows, and, in most cases, further information about the sites.
Since 2010 I have been publishing a blog of documentaries about Buddhism and the cultures associated with it. This is probably the most comprehensive collection of documentaries on these subjects. By 2015 it contains well over 300 documentaries, and is growing all the time.
I have regularly given talks, mainly on matters pertaining to the history and culture of Buddhism, besides Dhamma talks on the ethical life, and recording of traditional chantings, which can be found on my youtube channel, where I have also published many talks and videos by other teachers.
these are scans of Pali texts in Sinhala script, including the whole Tipitaka (more scripts to follow)
Besides the work listed above I am also active in many other projects, including the following websites.
Webmaster and admin:
Bhante Dhammika’s Writings on the Dhamma
Books and Various Research Articles by this popular Dhamma Teacher
Godwin Home Page (Meditation Teachings)
edited transcriptions, photos and audio files of the lay meditation teacher Godwin Samararatne
Godwin Memorial Fund
carrying on the charitable work of Acarya Godwin Samararatne in the Kandy area of Sri Lanka
Friends of Godwin
Short blogs outlining Godwin’s teachings
Ven Nyanavimala, Pure Inspiration
Writings about the great German monk, Ven Nyanavimala and his mode of practice
Bhikkhu Sumedha, His Teaching and Paintings
Teachings on Pain, Stress and Illness, and a collection of some of his paintings
Henri van Zeyst
Collection of writing on Theravāda Buddhism
Mike Cross, Abandoning Ideas
Translations from the Sanskrit of Aśvaghoṣa
Selected Poems and Musings
Buddhism and Human Rights
Tam Tang Pali Viet
translations of large sections of the Tipitaka into Vietnamese mainly by Ven. Minh Châu and Ven. Indacanda
Blog articles and posts by Ven. Sopaka
Posts about giving and receiving mettā collected by Ven Subhuti