Michael Freund is originally from Germany and has been practicing Vipassana Meditation since 2010. His teachers are Khun Thanat Chindaporn and Khun Kathryn Chindaporn at Wat Chomtong. There he has spent several months meditating during the years under instructions of his teacher Khun Thanat Chindaporn. 2012 he began assisting in retreats and since 2015 he is teaching under Khun Thanat. In 2016 The Venerable Phra Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo authorized him to be a meditation teacher.
In 2016 he moved to The Algarve in Portugal to build up a center for Vipassana Meditation.
He was awarded with the “Annual Benefactor of Buddhism Award” for his service in the Dhamma in April 2018 in Monte Agudo, Portugal.
The Venerable Phrakhrubhāvanābidhān (Phra Ajarn Ofer Thiracitto) has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1989. First at Wat Rampoeng in Chiang Mai thereafter at Wat Phradhatu Sri Chomtong Voravihara with the Venerable Phra Prom Mongkol Vi (Phra Ajarn Tong Sirimalango) and Luang Poh Banyat Akkayano, under the instruction of Khun Thanat and Khun Kathryn Chindaporn. 1998 he was authorized to be meditation teacher by Venerable Phra Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo. For several years Phra Ajarn Ofer taught meditation in Israel before he ordained as a monk in Thailand in 2001, followed by several years as monk and meditation teacher at a Buddhist temple near Frankfurt, Germany. 2006 he followed an invitation of his students back to his homeland Israel. He was awarded with the “Annual Benefactor of Buddhism Award” for his service in the Dhamma in May 2010 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Another Award followed in May 2011 in Bangkok by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, the Award of the “Sao Sema Dhammacakka” (also known as the Golden Pillar of the Dhamma) for benefactors of Buddhism, awarded for introducing and spreading the Dhamma abroad.
At the moment Phra Ajarn Ofer is teaching courses in various places in the world.