Thanat Chindaporn, a senior disciple of Most Venerable Phra Prommongkol (Venerable Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo), is a teacher of Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation in the Therevada Buddhist tradition of Thailand and is the Director of the Northern Vipassana Meditation Center international Department. He studied Vipassana Meditation with Most Venerable Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo in the mid 1980’s and he began his teaching apprenticeship with late Venerable Phra Banyat Akkayano. Since 1988, he has been teaching Vipassana in Thailand, America & Europe.
In 2004, Thanat received Thailand’s Benefactor of Buddhism Award for his dissemination of Buddhism worldwide.
Kathryn Chindaporn, (Kate Johnston) is a senior disciple of Phra Prommongkol (Venerable Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo) having studied Vipassana since 1986. Kathryn has been teaching Vipassana in Thailand, America & Europe since 1988. Kathryn is lecturer at the Mahachulalongkorn Rajavidyalaya Buddhist University in Chiangmai since 1999 and is currently Thai-English interpreter and Assistant Director and meditation teacher at the International Meditation Department at Wat Phradhatu Sri Chomtong Voravihara, Chomtong, Chiangmai. Since 1989 she has interpreted for Thai meditation masters, published five Thai-English Buddhist translations and appeared as guest speaker and interpreter on Thai and Mexican television and radio. In 2000, Kathryn received the Benefactor of Buddhism Award of Chiangmai Province and the Sema Dhammacakka in Recognition of International Dissemination of Buddhism, the latter conferred by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand.