Piya Tan

Piya Tan giving a meditation talk at Jurong Reginal Library (2006)

Piya (meditation instructor) meditating at The Minding Centre

Piya (meditation instructor) meditating at The Minding Centre

Piya Tan, a former Theravada monk for 20 years, works full-time on the Suttas with new commentaries, and teaches them. As a full-time lay Dharma teacher, he specializes in early Buddhism. He was consultant and regu­lar lec­tur­er to the Buddh­ist Studies Team (BUDS) that success­fully introduced Buddhist Studies in Singa­pore Sec­ondary Schools in the 1980s, and then, invited as a visiting scholar to the University of California at Berkeley, USA. He has written many ground-breaking and educational books on Buddhism (such as Total Bud­dhist Work) and social surveys (such as Buddhist Currents and Charisma in Buddhism).

As a full-time Dharma teacher, he runs Sutta and related class­es like the basic Pali course series, the Sutta Study Group (NUSBS), Dharma courses (the Singapore Buddhist Federa­tion), Sutta Discovery classes (Buddhist Fellow­ship and else­where), and Sutta-based (including meditation) courses (The Minding Centre), besides his own full-time Pali trans­lation and research project, the Pali House, and doing a compara­tive study of the Pali Nikāyas and the Chinese îgamas. As a Theravāda monk, he learned insight meditation from Mahasi Sayadaw himself in the 1980s, and forest meditation from various forest monks. He has run numerous medi­ta­tion courses and retreats for students and adults (including non-Buddh­ists) since 1980s. In 1992, he taught meditation at the University of California at Berkeley, USA, and also to BP, JPMorgan, the Defence Science Organization, GMO, HP and SIA. He writes weekly reflections and gives daily online teachings on Facebook. All this for the love of Dharma and of Ratna and their two sons.

Please find out more about him on: Wiki Piya.