Ajahn Jayasaro was born on the Isle of Wight, England in 1958. He joined Ajahn Sumedho’s community for the Rains Retreat as an anagarika in 1978 and in November of that year he left for Wat Pa Pong in Northeast Thailand where he ordained as a novice and then as a Bhikkhu in 1980 with the Venerable Ajahn Chah as his preceptor. From 1997 to 2002 Ajahn Jayasaro was the Abbot of Wat Pah Nanachat. He is now living alone in a hermitage at the foot of the Khao Yai mountains.

He is the author of several books in English and Thai, including the authorized biography of Ajahn Chah, and is considered an expert in Buddhist Pedagogy in Thailand, receiving an honorary PhD from Mahachulalongkorn University in 2011 and a “Chao Khun” title from the King of Thailand in 2015.

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