Photo: Estonian Theravada Sangha house, WDS Aegna Meditation and Development Centre

Estonian Theravāda Sangha (ETS) is an Buddhist nonprofit organization
established in the year 2014 by Estonian, Thai, Sri Lankan students and teachers of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University.

Venerable Ṭhitañāṇo Bhikkhu,
Head of Estonian Theravada Sangha

The Venerable Ṭhitañāṇo bhikkhu (Andrus Kahn) has studied psychology at the University of Tartu (B.A.) and graduated from the Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University of Buddhism (M.A.) He is currently writing his PhD dissertation on meditation at the same university.

He has completed the following training courses: Hypnotherapist Training (3 years), NLP Training (2 years), Counselling Psychology Training (1 year), Training Course for Communication and Motivation Training (1 year), and has completed the advanced training courses in Solution-Oriented Short Therapy.

Previously, he worked as a coach / trainer at the Stern Private School, where his areas of training were communication skills, conflict management, time management, stress management, sales and customer service, as well as team development and motivation.

He has written several books, co-authored three Handbooks (published in collaboration with the Äripäev Publishing House). The most recent book is "Developer's Handbook”. He has published more than 40 articles on psychology and Buddhism.

Since 2014, theVenerable Ṭhitañāṇo bhikkhu lives in the Kingdom of Thailand, at the Wat Hatai Naresh Temple. He is a lecturer in Psychology and Buddhism at the Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, and he is also guest lecturer at other Bangkok universities.

In 2016, under his leadership, the Estonian Theravada Sangha and Wat Doi Suthep Aegan International Meditation and Development Centre was established.

Ṭhitañāṇo bhikkhu, CV 

Our Goals

  • To introduce the authentic teaching of the Buddha in Estonia and Europe.
  • To introduce and promote the ancient Pali language in Estonia and Europe, which is the language used in the original writings of the teaching of the Buddha, known as the Pali Tipiṭaka.
  • To create an interactive Pali-Estonian-Pali Dictionary and publish it for free.
  • To translate the complete volume of the Pali Tipiṭaka collection into Estonian language and publish it for free, both online as well as in printed form.
  • To organize study groups, lectures, seminars, meditation courses, trips and other events covering these important writings.
  • To exchange information and cooperate with other similar organizations.

4 Main Goals

  1. To translate Pali Tipiṭaka into Estonian
  2. To built the first Buddhist temple in Estonia
  3. To establish an International Meditation Center
  4. To built up an International Buddhist University in Estonia.

First Buddhist Temple and Meditation Centre

Today, there is not a single Buddhist temple in Estonia and the Baltic States. Estonian Theravāda Sangha  has set a goal to build the first of the Buddhist temple and the international meditation center in Estonia. All people, who would like to help to build up the first Buddhist temple in a small European country can contribute through for them the most suitable way.

Tipiṭaka Translation

The Tipiṭaka is the only complete collection of the Buddha’s doctrine preserved until today, which contains the systematized original teachings of the Buddha. In the West, the Tipiṭaka is known as Pali Canon because the original text is written in Pali. The aim of the Estonian Theravāda Sangha is to translate the entire set of the Buddha’s teachings from Pali to Estonian.

First Buddhist Collage in Baltic State

This will be the first Buddhist Collage in Baltic state. The main aim of the Collage is to give practical Buddhist education to Buddhist monks and lay students. It will provide deep knowledge about Buddha’s teaching and interpretations of the modern Buddhist schools as well as professional skills, which provide practical outcomes for graduates to work in professional work field.

How You Can Contribute?

Estonian Theravāda Sangha  wishes to invite everyone, from all nationalities and regions, to take this rare opportunity to participate in its historic project to make it a success.
You can contribute in many ways: financially, academically, administratively or otherwise: every contribution is significant and necessary. You can set up a scholarship, found for meals, healthcare or library - all in your name or your family’s name. Therefore, we wish to appeal to your generosity to make this worthwhile project a reality by generously donating towards the historical project as you see fit.

"No dāna is too small or too big to help breathe life into this life-changing project.”

We are deeply grateful for your support and encouragement!
Ṭhitañāṇo Bhikkhu

May all living beings be protected, healthy, happy and free from suffering!

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