Born J. C. Horner (cousin of I. B. Horner) in 1956, Ajahn Amaro was ordained in Thailand in 1979, leaving just two years later to help Ajahn Sumedho establish Chithurst Monastery. In the early 1990s, Ajahn Amaro began making regular trips to California, where he eventually founded Abhayagiri Monastery with Ajahn Pasanno. In 2010, Ajahn Amaro left California and returned to England to take over leadership of Amaravati Monastery, where he remains. You can find all his books on the Amaravati website.

~ Adapted from the Wikipedia article

Selected Works (in chronological order)

Transcribed talks from a a retreat Ajahn Amaro taught with Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche.

Effort is needed, but can be excessive, unreflectively mindless, unaware of gradually developed results, or misdirected. Contentment can be misunderstood to imply that skilful desire has no role in practice, and lead to passivity


Look at the body with wisdom and realize this. If your house is flooded or burnt to the ground, whatever the threat to it, let it concern only the house. If there’s a flood, don’t let it flood your mind. If there’s a fire, don’t let it burn your heart. Let it be merely the house which is outside of you that is flooded or burned. Now is the time to allow the mind to let go of its attachments.