Venerable Bhante Buddharakkhita was born and raised in Uganda, Africa. He first encountered Buddhism in 1990 while in India, and he began practicing meditation in 1993. After living in Asia for seven years, Bhante decided to continue his Dhamma practice in the U.S.A. In June 2001, he began monastic training, and in November 2002 he received Higher Ordination by his Preceptor the late Venerable U Silananda at Tathagata Meditation Center, California. He continued his meditation practice under the guidance of Bhante Gunaratana for eight years at the Bhavana Society, West Virginia, USA. Venerable Buddharakkhita now also teaches meditation at SIBA, Sri Lanka.
Author of Planting Dhamma Seeds: The Emergence of Buddhism in Africa, and founder of the Uganda Buddhist Center, Uganda, he has been teaching meditation in Africa, Brazil, Europe and the United States.