Phra Prommongkol Vi
Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo
Director of Insight Meditation Center,
Abbot of Wat Phradhatu Sri Chomtong Voravihara, Chomtong, Chiangmai.
Thanat Chindaporn was a senior disciple of the Most Venerable Chao Khun Phra Prommongkol Vi (Most Venerable Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo). He was a senior teacher of Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation in the Theravada Buddhist tradition of Thailand and was the director of the International Meditation Department at Wat Phra Dhatu Sri Chomtong Voravihara, Chomtong, Chiangmai, which was established in the year 2000.
Ajarn Thanat studied Vipassana Meditation with the Most Venerable Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo in the mid 1980’s and he began his teaching apprenticeship with the late Venerable Luang Poh Banyat Akkayano, the founding co-director of Thailand’s Northern Insight Meditation Center at Wat Ram Poeng (Tapotaram), Chiangmai.
Since 1988, Ajarn Thanat has conducted meditation courses in Thailand, North & South America, and throughout Europe.
In 2004, Ajarn Thanat received Thailand’s Benefactor of Buddhism Award for his dissemination of Buddhism worldwide.
Ajarn Thanat passed away on March 31, 2022 at the age of 80.
Kathryn Chindaporn, is a senior disciple of the Most Venerable Chao Khun Phra Prommongkol Vi (Most Venerable Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo), having studied Vipassana since 1986.
Ajarn Kathryn has been guest lecturer at the Mahachulalongkorn Rajavidyalaya Buddhist University in Chiangmai, and is currently Thai-English interpreter and assistant director and meditation teacher at the International Meditation Department at Wat Phradhatu Sri Chomtong Voravihara, Chomtong, Chiangmai. Since 1989 Ajarn Kathryn has interpreted for Thai meditation masters, published five Thai-English Buddhist translations, and appeared as guest speaker and interpreter on Thai and Mexican television and radio. In 2000, Ajarn Kathryn received the Benefactor of Buddhism Award of Chiangmai Province and the Sema Dhammacakka in Recognition of International Dissemination of Buddhism, the latter conferred by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand.