DVA Speaker Series Episode 3
Thanissara had a conversation with DVA Co-Founder and President Bob Isaacson.
Thanissara is Anglo-Irish and from London. She became Vegetarian at 14 years old, and Vegan in 2017. Thanissara started Buddhist practice in the U Ba Khin Burmese school in 1975. She was inspired to ordain after meeting Ajahn Chah and spent 12 years as a Buddhist nun in the Thai Forest School where she was a founding member of Chithurst Monastery and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in the UK. She has facilitated meditation retreats internationally the last 30 years and has an MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy Practice from Middlesex University & the Karuna Institute in the UK.In 1994, with Kittisaro, her husband and teaching partner, they accepted an invitation to teach Dharma in South Africa where they became legal residents in 1995. In 2000 they co-founded Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat and helped initiate and support a number of HIV/Aids response and community development projects in South Africa. They continue to be deeply involved in the work of supporting Dharma and Community Outreach in Southern Africa.
Since 2017 they have been resident in California where together they founded Sacred Mountain Sangha Non Profit and more recently Sacred Sangha Online, which runs trainings, classes and events. Thanissara has written several books, including two poetry books. Her latest book is Time To Stand Up, An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth. Thanissara is a member of the Spirit Rock Teacher Council, CA., and a core teacher at Insight Meditation Society MA.