Ajahn Chandako was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1990 in the Thai Forest Tradition in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. Born in 1962 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, his interest in the teachings of the Buddha grew as he studied towards a BA degree in Religious Studies from Carelton College (1984). After practicing intensive meditation in various monasteries in Thailand and traveling in Tibet, Nepal and India, he settled in Wat Pah Nanachat, The International Forest Monastery, Thailand. Ajahn Chandako is now the Abbot of Vimutti Forest Monastery, near Auckland, New Zealand. He is the author and translator of several books.