Ajahn Ofer Adi (Phra Thiracitto)
Phra Ofer Adi is a monk who has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1989, first at Wat Rampoeng under the guidance of Luang Poh Banyat Akkayano, thereafter at Wat Chomtong, under the instruction of Ven. Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo (Phrathepsiddhajarn). Both temples are in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
For several years Phra Ofer taught meditation in Israel before he ordained as a monk in Thailand in 2001, followed by several years as monk and meditation teacher at a Buddhist temple near Frankfurt, Germany.
He was awarded with the “Annual Benefactor of Buddhism Award” for his service in the Dhamma by the Sangha in May 2010 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Another award followed in May 2011 in Bangkok by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, the award of the “Sao Sema Dhammacakka” (also known as the Golden Pillar of the Dhamma) for benefactors of Buddhism, awarded for introducing and spreading the Dhamma abroad.
Since 2005 Phra Ofer Adi is teaching in his native Israel as well as in various places in the world.
Carmen is originally from Surinam but has spent most of her life in the Netherlands.
She was first introduced to Vipassana in 2007 and has been practicing in the tradition of Venerable Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo and under the guidance of Khun Thanat, Kuhn Kate, Phra Ofer and Hildegard Huber ever since.
Several extended stays in the Northern Vipassana Meditation Centre in Chomtong, Thailand, have led to her being authorized as a teacher by Venerable Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo in 2018.
Khun Thanat has entrusted her with organizing meditation retreats in the Netherlands and ultimately establishing a new meditation centre. She has been organizing retreats in the Netherlands since 2015.
In 2019, Carmen received recognition as a benefactor and was awarded by the government of Chiangmai for her services to Buddhism.
Pictures courtesy of Eric Spirau