Phra Ofer Adi
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. Both temples are in Chiang Mai district, 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 a monk and meditation teacher at a Buddhist temple near Frankfurt, Germany.
He was awarded 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.
Phra Ofer Adi is currently residing in Frankfurt and teaches in several places in different parts of the world. Most recently, he was promoted to the Thai monastic hierarchy in 2013.