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Bhante Sujato, known as Ajahn Sujato or Bhikkhu Sujato (born Anthony Best[1]), is an Australian Theravada Buddhist monk in the Thai forest lineage of Ajahn Chah.[2]

Bhante Sujato
Anthony Best
OccupationBhikkhu (monk)
Senior posting
TeacherAjahn Brahm[1]
Based inTaiwan[1]

A former musician[3] with the Australian band Martha's Vineyard,[4] Sujato became a monk in 1994.[3] He took higher ordination in Thailand and lived there for years before returning to Australia.[3] He spent several years at Bodhinyana Monastery in Western Australia before going on to found Santi Forest Monastery in 2003.[5] He now resides in Taiwan.[1][5]

Sujato co-founded the Buddhist website SuttaCentral[2] along with Rod Bucknell and John Kelly[6] for which he translated the four Nikāyas of the Pali Canon.[7] He is involved with Engaged Buddhism.[1]

Bhante Sujato along with his teacher Ajahn Brahm were involved with Re-establishing Bhikkhuni Ordination in the Forest sangha of Ajahn Chah.[8] Sujato along with other scholars such as Brahm and Bhikkhu Analayo[9] had come to the conclusion that there was no valid reason the extinct bhikkhuni order couldn't be re-established.[1][10] The ordination ceremony led to Brahm's expulsion from the Thai Forest Lineage of Ajahn Chah.[8]


  • Sujato, Bhante (2012), A History of Mindfulness (PDF), Santipada, ISBN 9781921842108
  • Sujato, Bhante (2012), A Swift Pair of Messengers: Calm with Insight in the Buddha’s Words, Santipada, ISBN 9781921842023
  • Sujato, Bhante (2012), Sects & Sectarianism: The Origins of Buddhist Schools, Santipada, ISBN 9781921842085
  • Sujato, Bhante (2012), Bhikkhuni Vinaya Studies: Research and Reflections on Monastic Discipline for Buddhist Nuns, Santipada, ISBN 9781921842146
  • Sujato, Bhante (2012), White Bones Red Rot Black Snakes (PDF), Santipada, ISBN 9781921842030
  • Sujato, Bhante; Brahmali, Bhikkhu (2015), The Authenticity of the Early Buddhist Texts (PDF), Chroniker Press, ISBN 9781312911505


  1. ^ a b c d e f Lam, Raymond (December 9, 2016). "An Afternoon with Ajahn Sujato: Personal Courage and Restoring the Sangha's Moral Purpose". Buddhistdoor Global. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "'Buddha's words a gift to humanity'". Daily News. March 20, 2019. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "A Meeting with Bhante Ajahn Sujato from Australia". University of Sri Jayewardenepura. May 30, 2018. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "Bhante Sujato". Buddhachannel. November 9, 2009. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Bhante Sujato". Buddhist Society of Western Australia. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  6. ^ "About SuttaCentral". SuttaCentral. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "Bhante Sujato: "Translating a 2500 year-old Sacred Text for a Modern Audience"". Ho Center for Buddhist Studies. October 29, 2019. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Thanissara; Cintamani; Jitindriya (August 25, 2010). "The Time Has Come". Lion's Roar. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  9. ^ Analayo, Bhikkhu (2013). "The Revival of the Bhikkhunī Order and the Decline of the Sāsana" (PDF). The Journal of Buddhist Ethics. 20. ISSN 1076-9005.
  10. ^ Sujato, Ajahn. "Bhikkhuni Ordination". Buddhist Society of Western Australia. Retrieved September 8, 2019.

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