Bhante Debongshi was born in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in southeastern Bangladesh. His early years were spent in India. For over thirty now he studies and practices Dhamma while having been trained in two major traditions (Theravada and Mahayana), particularly in Vipassana and Zen Meditation.
In 1987, Bhante had his ordination according to the Theravada tradition. He has devoted his life to the practice of Vipassana meditation based on the four foundations of mindfulness. In 1991, Bhante finished his studies in the University of Dhaka. He studied Sutta, Vinaya, and Abhidhhama for nine years and obtained a Tripitaka title. He studied Mahayana Buddhism for three years and has completed the 16th religious studies curricula in Korean Buddhist Jogye Order in 1998. In his quest for knowledge and public service, he traveled to many countries around the world finally settling in Canada where he established the Dhammanjali Meditation Center. Today, DMC is a unique multicultural center serving people from all spiritual backgrounds. Members benefit from DMC’s learning seminars, meditation programs, and other events which collaborate to develop harmony, peace and collective happiness.