Talk:Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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Photo of Thanissaro Bhikkhu[edit]

Does someone know how to add a photo of Thanissaro Bhikkhu to the article. A photo can be found at: Dhammapal 05:51, 5 November 2006 (UTC)

Who owns the copyright for that image?—Nat Krause(Talk!) 04:37, 9 December 2006 (UTC)
The source is Oberlin College Alumni Magazine
It doesn't sound like a commercial publication. Is it OK to post it then? Dhammapal 07:49, 26 December 2006 (UTC)
No, not without permission. It appears that the photograph is copyright of Jacquie Lowell, Oberlin Alumni Magazine, or Thanissaro himself. If we're going to use it, we need to find out who owns it and get their express permission. If you do contact them, it's vital that you make it clear you're asking for permission to release it under GFDL, Creative Commons (CC-by-sa, CC-by, or CC-sa) license, or the public domain.—Nat Krause(Talk!·What have I done?) 22:12, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

I got permission from Mary Reinard to use the picture of Ajaan Geoff with the sunflower above his head and the one of him going on almsround. I hope you all like the choices! Sudozero (talk) 15:25, 27 August 2010 (UTC) (user-name used to be Narcissus)

Needing some citations in the bio section?[edit]

I think we need some citations on the following statements, what do you think, are they necessary?:

  • He ordained in 1976 at Ajaan Lee's Wat Asokaram where Ajaan Lee's nephew, Ajaan Tawng Jandasiri, served as Preceptor for his ordination.
  • In 1995, Ajaan Geoff became the first American born, non-Thai bhikkhu to be given the title, authority and responsibility of Preceptor (Uppajaya) in the Dhammayut Order. He also served as Secretary General of that Order for all of North America.

- Sudozero (talk) 02:27, 28 August 2010 (UTC)

Need to Reword Sections of the Bio?[edit]

The original version of this article appears to be the same as that from here. However, the wikipedia article's original date is older than the AccesstoInsight's copyright for the page. I've also noticed similar bios for Ajaan Geoff on other websites. I don't know which is original, but to play it safe, I've reworded much of the bio section to make it different from the page linked to above. I would like some advice from others as to whether these changes are good enough to avoid copyright violations and/or plagiarism. Any help making those changes would be greatly appreciated. Sudozero (talk) 16:00, 3 September 2010 (UTC)

Section on Teaching Style[edit]

It would be good to make a section about Ajaan Geoff's teaching style. Does anyone know of any outside sources that describe what his teaching is like, compared to others? Sudozero (talk) 18:43, 31 August 2010 (UTC)

Link to[edit]

Someone put up a link to one of Thanissaro Bhikkhu's books. Instead, this more helpful link shows all books published there under his misspelled name (currently just one), instead of just linking to Refuge. Because his name is spelled wrong, any books published in the future that spell his name correctly will not show up with the second link above, making it a less useful resource. Also, the only advantage that I see to the questionable link is that it offers the book in Kindle format. However, from what I understand, it is not difficult to convert HTML files downloaded from to the Kindle format. I would not mind it if someone put up this link using the correct spelling if there were books listed there. So I'm removing it. --Sudozero (talk) 21:02, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

A Foremost Expert?[edit]

"Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu is considered one of the foremost experts in the Pāli language and of the Pāli Canon."

The above sentence was removed from the article because it is not cited. I would like very much to put it back into the article. Does anyone know a website that confirms this information? I have found references that basically state he is "currently one of the most skilled and prolific translators of Dhamma...", but that is not the same as saying he is an expert in the contents of the Canon itself. --Sudozero (talk) 22:46, 14 July 2011 (UTC)