About the Author

David Reynolds, alias Paññobhāsa, and formerly known as Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu, is an American-born Theravada Buddhist philosopher and teacher. Up until recently he was a monk with thirty years seniority in the ordained Sangha, with most of that time spent in the forests of Burma, and about half of it spent living and meditating alone in caves. After a few years at a monastery in the declining state of California he has migrated across the USA and is setting himself up in a new, freer lay life in Greenville, South Carolina where he continues to write and teach. He has long been pretty well fed up with political correctness, and is moved to make a stand.

Old website: nippapanca.org

Bitchute channel (with considerably more content than the YouTube channel): https://www.bitchute.com/channel/67rZHAtWjVje/

Discord server (for traditionalist Buddhists to interact and network): (invite link available on request)

Cash App: $pannobhasa

Also, inquiries regarding teaching, talks, non-Marxist western Buddhist activities, etc. may be made directly at nippapanca@gmail.com

May all beings be as well and happy as the First Noble Truth and Samsara will allow.

Oh also! My new book:

This is the first in a series of essay collections on Buddhist and otherwise philosophical topics. This volume covers a range of subjects emphasizing Theravada Buddhist philosophy, meditation, the nature of the earliest Buddhism, and some of the more arcane aspects of ancient Theravada Buddhist monasticism. Available on Amazon.com HERE

And the third volume, “Buddhist Ethics, Buddhist Practice”: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0991DQBLZ?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860 

They can be read in any order, and it is not necessary at all to read the first before reading the second, or third. They are collections of essays roughly organized by general theme, and I trust anyone who reads them will find something of value, even if it is nothing more than challenging established views and nudging one out of an ideological rut or two.


  1. Bhante 🙏🏻, are you in the States now? Are you teaching somewhere?

    1. Yeah, at present I'm staying at a Burmese place in the soviet socialist republic of California.

    2. Nice. I'm fledgling Theravadan Buddhist practitioner up in Ohio, of a right leaning disposition. Evola's book was very big influence on me...but I'm not as far out there as Brian up in Canada. Mostly I choose not get to involved. I would like to ask more questions about your practice and whatnot. Do you have an email or are you on Skype now?
      By the way, I used to read your old blog a few years back and used to get some genuine belly laughs out your journal entries 😂

    3. If I remember correctly my email address is on the nippapanca.org website. Also I do have a Skype account, although I haven't used it much.

  2. Jangchup777@gmail.comJanuary 29, 2020 at 6:53 AM

    Hello Sir Pannobhasa, you are an inspiration, thank goodness some monks are getting it. I was brought to ruin by evil sanghas and jews they all work together as an evil hive mind army, we live in a giant rackett cult world. Could you say more about the wall one hits after intense practice? You're so lucky you don't have to use money and own crap. Must be very realxing when you finally relax.. I was denied even the chance to try ordination and i did nothing wrong. They sit on million dollar properties, tell me to give my life away and not fight evil then theres "no room" at the monastery! I wish simile of the saw on them all the time! Please dont forget how bad it is out here in laylife. Goto the caves and never look back! Perhaps I could go too and be your attentent? I have about 18 years of buddhist study and been to most monasteries/groups. Anyway you are right to use medicine, it is one of the requisites, you are hardless heedless and you were probably being poisoned.

  3. Hello Bhante, The recently deceased Danish monk who lived and practiced in Sri Lanka for decades (Bhante Nyanadipa) has also translated the Attakavada.

    I thought you might be interested in his translation, he was reputed to be a very good Pali Scholar. Book below:


    Also, his official biography is published here - fascinating read given you are very complimentary towards forest monks who are like the lone rhinoceros.



  4. How was Great Venerable Ananda enlightened.It is a unique way.While he pass from stand posture to sleeping posture He realized the Four Noble Truth.It is quite fascinating !

  5. Did you study at Pa auk when you were a monk? A new channel with some strong views. Can you tell us about your experience there versus these views.
    No need to paste comment. Only using this to communicate.
    Thank you for your time.

    1. I am familiar with the Pa Auk method and have been to Pa Auk Tawya several times, but only for brief visits. I was friends with a few disciples of Pa Auk Sayadaw, including one of the few western monks who "completed the course," and we engaged in many discussions of the system. Also I have met Sayadaw a few times. I could never take his system very seriously after hearing and reading about the philosophy.


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