Anagarika Lionel was born in Sion in 1971. He discovered Buddhism in 1996, visiting a monastery while staying in Burma. Inspired by his experience he returned there in 1998 and 2000 to learn more about Buddhist philosophy. In 2002 he visited Japan and began to practise meditation. In 2019 he went to Wat Pah Nanachat in Thailand to deepen his practice and in the course of his stay decided to join the Sangha. After a pandemic induced odyssey he then finally became an anagarika at Santacittarama (Italy) in September 2020. He joined our community in April 2021.