Bhante Sujato

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]

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]