Ajahn Yuttadhammo

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Ajahn Yuttadhammo (1979- ) was born Noah Herschell Greenspoon in his parents house at Ice Lake, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada.

In 1985 he was taken out of kindergarten by his parents to be schooled at home. In 1993 he returned to the public education system at Manitoulin Secondary School. In 1996 he left the public education system again for West Bay Alternative School. In 1997 he moved to Toronto to continue alternative education at Subway Academy II, a three room school above Futures Bakery on Bloor St. In 1998 entered post secondary education at McMaster University in the Arts and Science Programme. In 1999 he withdrew from the Arts and Science Programme at McMaster.

In 2000 he traveled to Thailand for the first time. He undertook practice of Satipatthana Vipassana at Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong. He returned to McMaster University to study Indian Religions and Sanskrit. In 2001 he returned to Thailand to ordain as a monk. He ordained as a monk at Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong, December 4, 2000.

In 2002 he returned to Canada as a monk and returned to McMaster to study as a monk. He later returned to Thailand to study as a monk under Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo. In 2003 he undertook intensive, year-long training as an instructor under Ajaan Tong. In 2004 he accepted an invitation to establish a Vipassana meditation center at Wat Doi Suthep. In 2006 he returned to Wat Chom Tong to continue study and teaching of Vipassana meditation. In 2007 he moved to Wat Sanku to open an international forest monastery and meditation centre. He travelled to Wat Thai of Los Angeles to teach two 1-month meditation courses. In 2008 moved to Samoeng to try again at establishing an international forest monastery and meditation centre. He travelled again to Wat Thai of Los Angeles to teach a two month meditation course.

In 2009 he travelled a third time to Wat Thai of Los Angeles to teach a three month meditation course, this time with the added intention to move to America to continue his meditation and studies in a suitable location.

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