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A Dhamma Talk by Venerable Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera was held at the London Buddhist Vihara on Wednesday the 29th October.

This was the final sermon given in London by the erudite and well respected Mahathera during his recent visit to the UK.

Many who attended the programme had to squeeze in to the hall way of the temple, as the large auditorium, Shrine room  and the adjoining meeting hall was filled to the capacity by a large number of Sri Lankan and European devotees of the Vihara and followers of the Mahathera who attended the sermon.

Head of the Vihara Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thera thanked Ven.Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera for accepting the invitation to deliver a sermon at the Vihara.

Although the sermon was scheduled for an hour Ven. Brahmavamso carried on delivering his enchanting and most educational sermon for more than two hours. At the end of the talk a lively question and answer session was also held.

Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera currently is the Head of Bodhinyana Monastery, In Serpentine, Western Australia, the Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, Spiritual Adviser to the Buddhist Society of Victoria, Spiritual Adviser to the Buddhist Society of South Australia, Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore, Patron of the Brahm centre in Singapore, and Spiritual Patron of the Bodhikusuma Centre in Sydney, Australia.

Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera, (born Peter Betts) came from a working-class background in Acton, West London.

He won a scholarship to study Theoretical physics at Cambridge University in the late 1960s.

After graduating from Cambridge he taught in high school for one year before traveling to Thailand to become a monk and train with the Ajahn Chah Bodhinyana Mahathera.

Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera was ordained in Bangkok at the age of twenty-three by the Abbot of Wat Saket. He subsequently spent nine years studying and training in the forest meditation tradition under Ajahn Chah. 


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