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Venerable Ananda Bhante

Biographical Information

Born in North Karnataka in 1967, Venerable Bhikkhu Ananda took ordination as a Buddhist monk under the Most Venerable Acharya Buddharakkhita, one of the foremost Buddhist scholars in the world and founder of the Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore, in 1986. Even during childhood he showed in interest in philosophical thinking and meditation.

Ven. Bhikkhu Ananda is the General Secretary of Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore and its branches. In 1987 he became secretary of Maha Bodhi Society and under the compassionate guidance of Ven. Acharya Buddharakkhita became involved in its many programs, both spiritual and social. He is one of the main teachers at the Mahabodhi Monastic Institute, the largest Theravada monastic school in India. He conducts Sutta, Pali and Abhidhamma classes, gives discourses and leads  meditation retreats in India and abroad.

Since 1998 Ven. Bhikkhu Ananda has been traveling yearly to Europe bringing the precious teaching of the Buddha. Hundreds of people have been reached through meditation retreats and talks, including at universities and schools. High interest in these programs has enabled him to establish Mahabodhi groups and associations in Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland, Spain and Austria.

For decades Ven. Bhikkhu Ananda has been deeply involved in Maha Bodhi Society’s important social services through educational programs, meditation guidance and medical services, developing hospitals and clinics. With the kind help of generous donors at home and abroad, Maha Bodhi Society has been directly involved in establishing schools and hostels in Bangalore, Mysore and Diyun providing quality education for underprivileged children. Additionally, there are elder homes in Tawang and Tripura for disabled and frail seniors with no family support. Sponsorships are sought to assist the needy in these projects. Six hospitals and clinics have been built over the years treating patients without regard for their ability to pay. These have addressed serious issues like burn cases and providing artificial limbs.

Currently he is involved in developing projects including The Bhavagan Buddha University of Pali and Theravada Buddhism, the Mahabodhi Karuna Medical Center (rehab hospital nearly unique in India)  and leading regular meditation retreats at the Mahabodhi Center.

For more information on Ven. Bhikkhu Ananda’s work and activities and those of Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore please visit

List of Discussion Topics

  • Stress Management and Relaxation Through Understanding
  • Facing Death
  • Meaning or Purpose of Life
  • Managing Inner and Outer Environment
  • Buddhist Ethics for Peaceful Co-Existence
  • World Peace through Inner Peace
  • What Makes Life Worthwhile
  • The Transformative Power of Mind
  • Art of Being Happy Here and Now
  • Dealing with Anxiety, Fear and Worry
  • Mistake Management
    (How to manage situation once mistakes are committed, dealing with guilt and confidence, etc.)
  • Dealing with Tragedies in Life
  • Overcoming Anger and Impatience
  • The Barriers and Supporters to Peace of Mind
  • Dependent Origination – Lord Buddha’s teachings on interdependence – Paticcasamuppada
  • Buddhist Response to Terrorism
  • Essence of Buddhism – The Four Noble Truths
  • Practice of Meditation for Overcoming Life’s Problems
  • The Noble Eightfold Path – Buddha’s Path to Freedom
  • Universal Realities – Impermanence, Suffering, Non-Self
  • Ethics and Unethical World
  • Death and Afterwards

Schedule for US Tour: April 29 – July 24, 2017

Please contact the listed organizer if you have interest in a program, discourse or mediation talk by this compassionate, experienced and enlightening Buddhist monk at an event in your area. A list of topics for talks is available (see above) to choose one of highest interest to your organization.

Please note that this page will be updated with more complete details, topics of talks, locations etc. as they are finalized.

April 29 – May 7 : Los Angeles
Contact Tim Moore, MMCF, 559-683-2512
or Girija Sulur, 818-468-9253

  • April 30 (Sunday) : International Buddhist Meditation Center, 928 S New Hampshire Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006, 11am. Contact: Vincent Lim  323-620-3021
  • May 1 (Monday) : University of the West  1409 Walnut Grove Ave., Room AD 205, Rosemead, CA 91770 at 4:00pm. An interactive Dhamma Talk on “Stress Management & Relaxation through Understanding – A Buddhist Perspective”.. Followed by a question and answer session. (Free and open to public)
    Organized by UWest Pali Society –
  • May 2 (Tuesday) Dharma Vijaya Temple, 1847 Crenshaw Blvd, L.A. CA 90019, 7-8:00pm question and answer for meditators (open to public) Contact: 313-737-5084
  • May 3 (Wednesday) : Center for Spiritual Living Granada Hills, 17622 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills, CA 91344, 7-7:50pm.  Art of Being Happy Here and Now & Buddhist Response to Terrorism (open to public) Contact: 818-363-8136 (office)
  • May 4 – May 5 : open
  • May 6 & 7 (Saturday & Sunday) : Siri Pannaseeha Meditation Center, 4036 Pearblossom Hwy, Palmdale. CA 93552. Vesak Program (all day retreat) at 6pm – Sun May 7 at 4pm
    Dhamma talk,  7-8pm on Saturday
    Dhamma talk in morning 9-10:30am  and again at 2-3:30pm on Sunday

May 8 – May 12 : Fresno
Contact Tim Moore, MMCF, 559-683-2512

  • May 8 (Monday) : Tower Meditation Group, Tai Chi Center of Fresno, 1474 N, Van Ness Ave., 6:15 – 8pm “Practice of Meditation for Overcoming Life’s Problems” (plus question and answer time)  contact: David Lorey 559-301-4804 (open to public)
  • May 10 (Wednesday afternoon) : Sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial, “Universal Realities: Impermanence, Suffering, Non-self – How an understanding of these realities can be helpful in dealing with life’s problems”, 2 to 4pm
  • May 10 (Wednesday evening) : Positive Living Center,  40045 Indian Spring Rd (near Fresno Flats), Oakhurst
    93644, “Finding Happiness in the Here and Now”, Contact Tim Madden 559-283-4731, 7-8:30pm. (open to public)
  • May 11 (Thursday) : New Thought Community, 2060 North Winery #101, Fresno, 6:30 – 7:30  “Meditation and Dealing with Life’s Problems” (with question and  answer  time). Contact: Rev. Anna Marie Lopez 559-217-5888 (open to public)

May 13 – May 18 : San Francisco

  • May 14 (Sunday morning) : Insight Meditation Center, 108 Birch Street, Redwood City. Meditation from 9:25am until 10am. Talk 10am -10:45am. World Peace through Inner Peace, and About Maha Bodhi Society, Bangalore (open to public). Contact Steve Gasner 650 969-5793  email:
  • May 14 (Sunday evening) Dharmapala Institute. 409 S. Temple Drive, Milpitas, CA 95035. 6 Pm

May 19 – May 20 : Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Language and Light of Buddhadharma Foundation International in Berkeley (2018 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA) will be having two dharma talks on the topics:

  • May 19 (Friday) : Early Disciples of the Buddha, 6:30pm (open to public)
  • May 20 (Saturday) : An overview of the Buddhadharma in India from the time of the Buddha to the current conditions of the Buddhadharma especially with respect to the Sangha and the various groups within India. 6:30pm (open to public)

May 21 (Sunday) : First Unitarian Church of Portland, 1211 SW Main St., Portland, OR 97205 at 6:30 pm. Talk and guided meditation/discussion, “Meditation and Service: World Peace Through Inner Peace”

May 22 – May 24 : Seattle
Contact Judith La Scola,  206-618-8783
or  Stephen Littlepage, 206-293-3238

  • May 23 (Tuesday) : Everett Community College, World Religion class taught by Dr.
  • MargaretvRiordan, “Barriers and Supporters to  Peace Of Mind” 12:20-1:50pm  Everett Community College, Baker Hall, Rm. 120 (auditorium). (open to public)
    Campus map link:

May 26 – June 14 : Washington DC

  • June 3 (Saturday) : South  Indian  Hindu  temple  located  at  6905  Cipriano Road,
    Lanham,  MD  20706. Having a Meaningful Goal in Life.  6:30-8:30pm.  (open  to  public)
  • June 4 (Sunday) : Cambodian  Buddhist  temple  located  at  13800  New Hampshire
    Avenue,  Silver  Spring,  MD  20904.  Growing in Wisdom and Compassion. 4:30-6:30pm. (open  to  public)

May 27 – June 6 : Retreat arranged by Wangmo Dixey

June 6 – June 9 : Tipitaka Chanting

June 15 – June 23 : New York City

  • June 20, (Tuesday) : Temple of Enlightenment, 3070 Albany Crescent, Bronx, NY 10463, 7:00-8:30pm. “Kamma and Meditation” (open to public)
  • June 22 (Thursday) : Manhattan, Sixth Street Community Center, 638 E Sixth Street, New York, NY 10009. Meditation class and dhamma talk. 7pm-8:30pm (open to public)Overcoming Anxiety: Anxiety is an extremely common experience, particularly in this time in history; and if we do not learn how to conquer it, we can easily be overwhelmed. So if we wish to live a more peaceful life, it is wise to learn how to cope with anxiety. The Buddha’s teachings offer many practical techniques for confronting anxiety, overcoming it, and stopping it completely.Bhante Ananda will speak about the nature of anxiety and explain how we can recognize it, face it, and remove it – not just for temporary relief, but for lasting peace and serenity.
    Contact: Bhante Suddhaso –

June 24 – June 29 : Boston

  • June 25 (Sunday) : DHAMMA AND MEDITATION TALK BY BHANTE ANANDA, Dr Venkat Maroju’s Residence, 105 Hager Lane, Boxborough, MA 01719,  11:00am to 4:00pm. Discourse topics for this event will include:
    1. Dealing with Anxiety, Fear and Worry
    2. Buddhist Ethics for Peaceful Co-existence
    3. Theory of Kamma (if time permits)
    Additionally, Lecture on Meditation Techniques will be given by Bhante Ananda.
  • June 28 (Wednesday) : Boston Study Group, MIT 56-167 (WHITAKER BUILDING), 21 Ames St Cambridge MA 02139, 6:00 – 9:00pm. The Ambedkar Lecture Series: Karma and the Fight Against Injustice – A Talk by Ven. Bhikkhu Ananda.

    ****Free and Open to all****
  • June 29 (Thursday) : DISCOURSE AT CAMBRIDGE ZEN CENTER, 199 Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02139, 6.30  to 9pm. Topics of discourse: Art of Being Happy Here and Now

June 30 – July 5 : Chicago
Contact  Gayitri Muthuswamy, 630-788-7519

  • June 30 (Friday) :  2507 Whitehall Lane, Naperville IL 60564, 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Practice of Meditation for Overcoming Life’s Problems. Please call Gayatri Muthuswamy 630-788-7519
  • July 2 (Sunday) :  Universalist Unitarian Church Joliet, 3401 W Jefferson St, Joliet IL 60431, 10:30am to 12 noon. World Peace through Inner Peace — Open to all
  • July 2 (Sunday) :  Good Shepherd Church, 751 W. Army Trail Rd, Bartlett, IL 60103, 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Balancing Spiritual & Material Pursuits — Open to all

July 6 – July 10 : Detroit

  • July 7 (Friday) : Wat Paknam Michigan (The Buddhist Meditation Center), 8500 Plumbrook Rd., Sterling Heights, MI, 10:00am to 2:00pm. Buddhist Meaning or Purpose of Life. (586) 979-3300
  • July 7 (Friday) :  Midwest Buddhist Meditation Center (MBMC), 29750 Ryan Rd, Warren, Michigan, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Buddhist Art of Being Happy Here and Now. (586) 573-2666
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  • July 8 (Saturday) : Canton Public Library, 1200 S. Canton Center Rd., Canton MI, 10:00am to 11:45am. Stress Management and Relaxation Through Understanding. (743) 397-0999
  • July 9 (Sunday) : Great Lakes Buddhist Vihara, 21491 Beech Rd., Southfield, MI, 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Buddhist Ethics for Peaceful Co-Existance. (248) 353-8155

July 11 – July 24 : Denver

  • July 13 (Thursday) : Guest lecture at University of Colorado, Linguistics department – Languages of the World class. “Buddhist Culture, Language and Practice” Not open to public
  • July 16 (Sunday) : Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, Meditation workshop/lecture – “Facing Anxiety, Fear and Uncertainty”, 1pm to 3pm. Open to public

July 24 : Departure