Ven. Subhuti (americanmonk.org, 10/6/20), American Buddhist Monk; Eds., Wisdom Quarterly
- 1989-1993 Central Connecticut State University. I learned how to be a teacher of technology, traveled to China and also learned how to hang-glide.
- Studied computers intensively for 3 months after graduating so I could become a computer programmer.
- 1994-1999 worked as a contract programmer for: Pitney Bowes, QSP (Readers Digest), McKinsey & Co. and Bayer Diagnostics.
- 1999-2000 Traveled to Hawai’i, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, & Thailand.
- October 5th, 2000 checked into Wat Pah Nanachat, Thailand with intentions to ordain.
- Feb 7th, 2001 ordained at Pa-Auk Meditation Center, Myanmar with the most Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw-gyi as my preceptor and name giver.
- June 18, 2007 re-ordination Na-Uayana, Sri Lanka, to fix some (unnecessary) doubts.
- November, 2012 back to Myanmar
- 2015 visit to Kaua’i (as a monk) for 6 months, living my dream as a monk in Kaua’i, Hawai’i.
- 2015 published Going for Broke: Travelogs on Becoming a Buddhist Monk and writing this blog: AmericanMonk.org
- 2016-2017 International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University Diploma Program.
- 2017-2019 Return to Kaua’i living my dream as a monk in Kaua’i
- 2019 Changed my legal name to Bhante Bhikkhu Subhuti.
- 2019 Return back to Maymyo from Kaua’i, Myanmar to practice meditation
- October 6th, 2020 celebrating my 50th birthday
My adult life pretty much started in 1989, which clocks in at a total of 31 years to the present date. Of those 31 years, I have been a monk for a total of nearly 20 years and backpacked around the world for 1.5 years. Life has been good, and I’m really happy with my life’s decisions as an adult.
During this November's full moon, I will officially have 14 rainy seasons or "monk years" under my belt. The oldest picture I have is maybe from 2001. I look quite different from the layman worker above.
|The earliest picture of me in front of Sayadawgyi’s kuti,2001 (with young trees)|
“Monks, a friend endowed with seven qualities is worth associating with. What are the seven?
That friend gives what is hard to give.
One does what is hard to do.
One endures what is hard to endure.
One reveals secrets to you.
One keeps your secrets.
When misfortunes strike, one does not abandon you.
When you are down and out, one does not look down on you.
A friend endowed with these seven qualities is worth associating with.” One gives what is beautiful, hard to give, does what is hard to do, endures painful, ill-spoken words. One's secrets one reveals to you, your secrets one keeps. When misfortunes strike, one does not abandon you; when you are down and out, does not look down on you. A person in whom these traits are found, is a friend to be cultivated by anyone wanting a friend.
Today, along with some of my donors, the family sponsored the meal for the day plus a fresh juice drink for 537 residents. Because we are on a Covid lockdown, shopping for new food is just not really happening. However, the food is pretty good considering the circumstances and the remainder of the money will go to the food endowment for the monastery.