Bhikkhu Bodhi

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Bhikkhu Bodhi
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School Theravada
Nationality American
Born (1944-12-10) December 10, 1944 (age 70)
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]
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/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. In 1966, he obtained a B.A. in philosophy from Brooklyn College. In 1972, he obtained a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate University.[2][3]

In 1967, while still a graduate student, Bodhi was ordained as a śrāmaṇera (novitiate) in the Vietnamese Mahayana order.[3] In 1972, after graduation, Bodhi traveled to Sri Lanka where, under Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Thero,[4] he received sāmaṇera ordination in the Theravada school and, in 1973, he received full ordination as a Theravada bhikkhu or monk.[2]

In 1984, succeeding co-founder Nyanaponika Thera,[4] Bodhi was appointed English-language editor of the Buddhist Publication Society (BPS, Sri Lanka) and, in 1988, became its president.[1][2][5] In 2002, he retired from the society's editorship while still remaining its president.[1][3][5]

In 2000, at the United Nations' first official Vesak celebration, Bodhi gave the keynote address.[6]

In 2002, after retiring as editor of BPS,[3] Bodhi returned to the United States. He currently teaches at Bodhi Monastery (Lafayette Township, New Jersey) and Chuang Yen Monastery (Carmel, New York) and is the chairman of the Yin Shun Foundation.[2]

Bhikkhu Bodhi is founder of the organisation Buddhist Global Relief, which fights hunger across the world.[7]

Publications and teachings[edit]

Bodhi's publications include:

  • The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering (1984, BPS; 2000, Pariyatti)[8]
  • The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (with Ñāṇamoli Bhikkhu, 1995, Wisdom Publications)
  • Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: An Anthology of Suttas from the Anguttara Nikaya (with Nyanaponika Thera, 2000, Altamira Press)
  • The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya (2000, Wisdom Publications)
  • The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Anguttara Nikaya (2012, Wisdom Publications)
  • A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: The Abhidhammattha Sangaha of Ācariya Anuruddha (2000, BPS Pariyatti)
  • In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (2005, Wisdom Publications)

Bodhi's on-line courses include:

  • "The Buddha's Teaching As It Is" (1981)[9]
  • "A course in Pali Language" (2003)[10]
  • Majjhima Nikaya lectures (2003–2008)[11]


  1. ^ a b c "About BPS". Buddhist Publication Society. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi". Bodhi Monastery. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d "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. 
  4. ^ a b 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)".
  5. ^ a b "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. 
  6. ^ "Lecture on Vesak Day by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi". Buddhanet. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  7. ^ Website "Buddhist Global Relief" Check |url= scheme (help). Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ "The Noble Eightfold Path The Way to the End of Suffering". Access to Insight. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ "The Buddha’s Teaching As It Is". Bodhi Monastery. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ "A Course in the Pali Language". Bodhi Monastery. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  11. ^ "A Systematic Study of the Majjhima Nikaya". Bodhi Monastery. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 

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