Bhikkhu Bodhi

Bhikkhu Bodhi
School Theravada
Education Brooklyn College
Claremont Graduate School
Nationality American
Born (1944-12-10) December 10, 1944
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Senior posting
Based in Buddhist Publication Society
Sangha Council of Bodhi Monastery
Yin Shun Foundation
Predecessor Ven. Nyanaponika Thera (BPS editor and president)
Successor Mr. Kariyavasam (BPS editor),[1] P.D. Premasiri (BPS president) Buddhist Publication Society
Religious career
Teacher Ven. Ananda Maitreya

Bhikkhu Bodhi (born December 10, 1944), born Jeffrey Block, is an American Theravada Buddhist monk, ordained in Sri Lanka and currently teaching in the New York and New Jersey area. He was appointed the second president of the Buddhist Publication Society and has edited and authored several publications grounded in the Theravada Buddhist tradition.


In 1944, Block was born in Brooklyn, New York, from Jewish parents. He grew up in Borough Park, where he attended elementary school P.S. 160.[2] In 1966, he obtained a B.A. in philosophy from Brooklyn College. In 1972, he obtained a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate University.[3][4]

In 1967, while still a graduate student, Bodhi was ordained as a śrāmaṇera (novitiate) in the Vietnamese Mahayana order.[4] In 1972, after graduation, Bodhi traveled to Sri Lanka where, under Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Thero,[5] he received sāmaṇera ordination in the Theravada school and, in 1973, he received full ordination as a Theravada bhikkhu or monk.[3]

In 1984, succeeding co-founder Nyanaponika Thera,[5] Bodhi was appointed English-language editor of the Buddhist Publication Society (BPS, Sri Lanka) and, in 1988, became its president.[1][3][6] In 2002, he retired from the society's editorship while still remaining its president.[1][4][6]

In 2000, at the United Nations' first official Vesak celebration, Bodhi gave the keynote address.[7]

In 2002, after retiring as editor of BPS,[4] Bodhi returned to the United States. After living at Bodhi Monastery (Lafayette Township, New Jersey), he now lives and teaches at Chuang Yen Monastery (Carmel, New York), and is the president of the Buddhist Association of the United States.[3][8]

Bhikkhu Bodhi is founder of the organization Buddhist Global Relief, which funds projects to fight hunger and to empower women across the world.[9]



  1. 1 2 3 "About BPS". Buddhist Publication Society. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  2. , time 6:53.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi". Bodhi Monastery. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  4. 1 2 3 4 "Climbing to the Top of the Mountain". The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Archived from the original on April 17, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  5. 1 2 In Bodhi, Connected Discourses (2000), p. 5, Bodhi dedicates the tome to "the memory of my teacher Venerable Abhidhajamaharatthaguru Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera (1896–1998) and to the memories of my chief kalyanamittas in my life as a Buddhist monk, Venerable Nyanaponika Mahathera (1901–1994) and Venerable Piyadassi Maha Thera (1914–1998)".
  6. 1 2 "BPS "Newsletter" (1st Mailing 2008, No. 59)" (PDF). Note: The author [Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, related to the article "The Buddhist Publication Society of Kandy: A Brief Account of Its Contributions to Buddhist Literature," pp. 4–7] served as the editor of the BPS from 1984 until 2002 and has remained its president since 1988.
  7. "Lecture on Vesak Day by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi". Buddhanet. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  8. "BAUS President Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, 2013 -". Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  9. "Buddhist Global Relief". Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  10. "The Noble Eightfold Path The Way to the End of Suffering". Access to Insight. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
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