KALAMA MEDITATION CENTER
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KALAMA RIVER MEDITATION CENTER is a Federal Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Corporation
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Born on March 17th 1950 in the Paakpanang district in the southern province of Nakorn Sithammaraj, he is the second oldest of 5 children. His name is Pornthep Limvivat.
After completing his education in accounting at Cyma College in Penang, Malaysia in 1972, he returned to his hometown to help with his family’s rice mill business. During that time he met Phra Ajahn Yantra, and realized the impermanence of life. He began his practice of the Eight Precepts. On foot, he followed his master, Phra Ajahn Yantra.They moved through the forests, mountains and caves while cultivating mindfulness.
On the day of the Vesak full moon in 1988, he was ordained in Thailand’s eastern province, Wat Jantanaram, as Phra Sudhevo Bhikkhu. Since then he has traveled and shared teachings in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, India, Poland, Sweden, Vietnam and the United States of America. He has been an abbot at many monasteries, including Sunnataram Forest Monastery in Thailand, Sunnataram Forest Monastery in Escondido, California, Guandi Temple in Houston, Texas, and Khema Meditation Center in Pearland, Texas.
As he made his journey to the west coast of the United States in 2014, he found the forest in Kalama, Washington State, to be suitable for insight meditation practice and to spread the teachings of pure Dhamma. He is now the abbot and president of Kalama River Meditation Center, Kalama, Washington State.