Ajahn Brahmavamso’s Vinaya Notes were largely written in the late 1970’s and early1980’s. The work began at Wat Pa Nanachat in response to the absence of a Vinayacommentary in English to support the monastic practice of the fledgling WesternSangha established there under the guidance of Ajahn Chah. When Ajahn Brahmcame to Australia in 1983, the process of building a new monastery took priority andopportunities to pursue the Vinaya studies diminished.Over a few years in the mid 1980’s Ajahn Brahm collaborated with Ajahn Thanissarowith the aim of formalising a Vinaya commentary for the expanding Western Sangha.However, as differences of interpretation emerged, the collaboration became lessviable. Some correspondence between these notes and Ajahn Thanissaro’s
attest to this period of shared research.Interpretation of the Vinaya in the context of a living monastic community is adynamic process, in much the same way as the Vinaya first emerged, with the Buddharesponding to concrete day-to-day situations as they arose. Similarly, there may bereadings of particular rules in the Vinaya Notes that no longer reflect Ajahn Brahm’scurrent view.