Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu (also known as Bhante Yuttadhammo; born May 22, 1979) is a Canadian Buddhist monk. He was ordained in 2001 under Ajahn Tong Sirimangalo.
Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu was born Noah Herschell Greenspoon in Ice Lake, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada.
In 1985, he began a homeschool curriculum at the discretion of his parents. In 1993, he returned to public school and enrolled in Manitoulin Secondary School. In 1996, he left the public school system again and resumed his studies at West Bay Alternative School. He is President of the non-profit Sirimangalo International.
Education and ordination
In 2000, Yuttadhammo traveled to Thailand where he began to practice satipaṭṭhāna-vipassanā meditation at Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong. He returned to Canada to study Sanskrit and Indian religions at McMaster University, later pursuing study of Pāli at University of Toronto as well as Thai Dhamma, Abhidhamma and Pali studies at Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong.
In 2001, he returned to Thailand and was ordained in the Theravada tradition at Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong.
He later returned to McMaster University in 2016 to study French to better communicate and connect with his audience.
Yuttadhammo has been teaching meditation since 2003 in Thailand, Sri Lanka, the United States and Canada. He currently maintains a YouTube channel which hosts both live-streamed chatrooms and pre-recorded videos answering viewers' questions about Theravāda Buddhism. He occasionally teaches Pāli to advanced meditators. He also facilitates a meditation website for groups and individuals.