Bhante Suddhāso is a Buddhist monk living in New York City. The co-founder of Buddhist Insights, a non-profit organization created to help connect laypeople with Buddhist monastics, his work aims to convey Buddhist concepts and their practical applicability to everyday life.
Bhante Suddhāso is a practitioner of both Theravāda and Mahāyāna Buddhism, with a particular emphasis on the early Buddhist teachings found in the Pāli Canon and the methods of practice used in Chan/Zen. His teachings focus on incorporating multiple step-by-step meditation techniques that bring immediately tangible results, as well as on detailed explanations of the Buddhist Suttas and Sūtras that provide the underlying theoretical framework for Buddhist meditation.
Bhante Suddhāso has studied under the direct guidance of some of the most well-respected monastics in Western Buddhism, including Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Amaro, Ajahn Vīradhammo, and Bhante Gunaratana. His monastic life began at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, where he was trained in Soto Zen Buddhism; during that time, he discovered a deep affinity for the Theravāda Forest Tradition, which led him to receive ordination at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California. Since then he has lived at several different monasteries from a variety of Buddhist traditions. In 2019, together with Ayyā Somā, he co-founded Empty Cloud Monastery in New Jersey, where he currently resides as co-abbot.