Khantipalo (Laurence Mills), born in London in 1932, read a book on Buddhism during his national service on the Suez Canal which inspired a lifelong interest in Buddhist studies.
As a result he travelled to India and South-East Asia, eventually ordaining as a monk in the Thai Dhammayuttika Nikaya and became an extremely accomplished Pali scholar and published a great many influential books and articles on Buddhism.
After thirty years as a Theravada monk, including extended periods as a forest hermit, he disrobed to pursue further research into Mahayana Buddhism, in particular the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition. In 1973 he established Wat Buddha Dhamma in New South Wales, and in 1991 he established the Bodhicitta Buddhist Centre in Queensland. He is one of the founding fathers of Buddhism in Australia and is well known for his inspirational practice and teaching.
Banner of the ArahantsKhantipalo
This book covers in outline, but with many interesting stories and examples, the history and development of the Sangha, the Buddhist Order of monks and nuns…
Lay Buddhist Practice: The Shrine Room, Uposatha Day and Rains ResidenceKhantipalo
A practical manual for lay Buddhists covering devotional practices (chanting, setting up a shrine room, etc.), uposatha day observances, lay precepts…