The Buddha-Metta Society was formed in the UK in 2009 by a group of lay Buddhists. Its membership includes both lay and ordained people who wish to support and take part in the activities of, Luangpoh Sudhiro, formally known as Ajahn Sudhiro, a monk from the Thai Forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism. The Society gained charitable status in 2013.
The Thai Forest tradition was inspired by the example of Ajahn Mun Bhuridatto (1870-1949) and is a return to living simply and mindfully. This approach provides opportunities to practice in the seclusion of the natural environment, as recommended by the Buddha. It became established in North East Thailand and has produced many accomplished and revered teachers.
Luangpoh Sudhiro invites us to ‘live in the Dhamma’ whoever and wherever we are. This is a way of life based on the qualities of loving kindness, generosity, wisdom and skilful conduct, which can inform every aspect of our daily lives. Taking up this invitation helps us to explore this approach to living and share it with others.
As a monk from this tradition Luangpoh Sudhiro’s years of practice, his understanding of Dhamma and his ability to convey his vision to people of many nationalities, has enabled him to develop projects in Thailand, New Zealand and Britain and to lead pilgrimages in India, Nepal and Thailand.
Some Terms & Meanings
Ajahn – teacher Anagarika – a person who commits full-time to Buddhist practice within a monastery Bhante – venerable sir Bhikkhuni– a fully ordained nun Bhikkhu – a fully ordained monk Luang Poh/Po/Por/Phor – venerable father Mae Chee/Chi – Buddhist women in Thailand dedicated to the ascetic life Phra – monk, venerable