Our most Venerable Teacher, Phra Prom Mongkol Vi (Venerable Phra Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo)
Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo
The Venerable Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo is the head vipassana meditation teacher of north Thailand and one of the most respected teachers in Thailand. His meditation method has become widespread throughout the world, especially in northern Thailand. Ven. Ajahn Tong was ordinated as a young monk at the age of 12 and as an adult monk aged 20.
In 1954 he was invited to the Wat Mahadhatu temple in Bangkok where he completed basic training in vipassana meditation, followed by 2 years and 7 months of further practice in Burma under Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw (dec.) and Abhidhamma studies with several well-known teachers of the time, then returning to Chiang Mai in north Thailand.
He began to teach vipassana and establish meditation centers throughout the north, including the famous Wat Rampoeng Tapotaram templeVen. Ajahn Tong has been teaching vipassana for nearly 50 years and heads over 50 temples and meditation centers in north Thailand and the world. He currently resides and teaches vipassana at the Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong Voravihara temple in north Thailand.