Bhante Ānanda practices as a novice sāmaṇa (walking / homeless Theravāda monk) near Nelson BC, collecting food by traditional alms round. He relies on the generosity of this community for sustenance, and as such is closely tied to a growing number of supporters.
It has been requested that Bhante Ānanda offer teaching retreats and talks, which he has thoughtfully and freely gifted both in-person and online, for the benefit of many.
Though embracing the whole of the Dhamma (which is beautiful in the beginning, beautiful in the middle, and beautiful in the end), his lay-person focus tends toward Wise Understanding (Discernment) and Mettā (Boundless Love).
Among his growing number of publications, he is the author of Open Heart: A Beginning Guide for Boundless Love Meditation, Bhāvanā: The Buddha’s Path to Awakening & Wholesome Mental Development and Pūjā: Recitals of Dhamma.
He has translated many Suttas directly from the earliest Buddhist texts, offering fresh insight to Buddha’s Teaching, all available here.
When not sitting at the base of a tall cedar or Douglas fir, Bhante Ānanda studies and translates Pāli to modern English and French, offering this work for free, in line with the Dhamma.
A tiny house surrounded by forest currently acts as the refuge kuti for Bhante Ānanda.
“He [monk] takes the straight path; here the straight path is this: wise understanding, wise attitude, wise speech, wise behaviour, wise living, wise practice, wise awareness, and wise meditation (sammā-samādhi).
He dwells with his persistence aroused, [thinking,] “…if I have not attained what can be reached through human steadfastness and striving, there will be no relaxing in my persistence.”
[He] is worthy of gifts, worthy of hospitality, worthy of offerings, worthy of respect, an incomparable field of merit for the world.”
–AN VIII 13 A Thoroughbred