About Us

Bhanthe Sankichcha entered the monastic life in 1991 at Sri Subodharama International Monks’ Training Institute in Kandy, Sri Lanka.  Soon after his higher ordination, in 1996, he moved to Australia where he disseminated Dhamma, and taught mindfulness practices until he moved to Great Lakes Buddhist Vihara in Michigan in 2001.

Bhanthe Sankichcha received his BA degree in Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Currently he is pursuing his master’s degree in counseling psychology at Oakland University in Michigan.

As the abbot of Great Lakes Buddhist Vihara, he is engaged in many social and religious services both locally and internationally. As a meditation and a Dhamma teacher, Bhathe Sankichcha helped many people through retreats, meditation workshops, weekly mediation and mindfulness programs and providing Buddhist spiritual counseling

Bhante Kusala received his higher ordination in 2007 from Malvatu Mahā Viharaya in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He holds Undergraduate and Masters Degrees from the University of Perideniya, a Masters in Buddhist Studies from the University of Kelaniya followed by  studying Cognitive Science while doing research at the University of Trento in Italy. In 2017 he received a Masters from Harvard University.

Bhante Kusala’s keen interest in Buddhist Meditation has inspired him to be an ardent and devoted practitioner as well as a teacher in various disciplines of early Buddhist studies and meditation techniques. He has travelled in Sri Lanka with Bhante Vimalaramsi and Sister Khema as their translator at several well-attended retreats. Since 2011, he has served as the translator for Ajahn Brahm and Ajahn Brahmali at monastic retreats. He has traveled to Russia, Europe, Canada, Myanmar, China, Indonesia, India, Nepal, and Thailand to spread the peaceful message of the Buddha.