Santikaro moved to Thailand with the Peace Corps in 1980 and ordained as a Theravada monk in 1985. He trained at Suan Mokkh with Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, a leading Thai teacher, scholar, and reformer of Theravada Buddhism. He became Ajahn Buddhadasa’s primary English translator. He led meditation retreats at Suan Mokkh for many years before returning to the United States in 2001. In 2004 he retired from formal monastic life, but continues to teach in the Buddhist tradition with an emphasis on the early Pali sources. He is the founder of Kevala Retreat, a 70-acre refuge in Norwalk, WI dedicated to Buddhist practice, study, and social responsibility. He is a founding member of Think Sangha, a community of socially engaged Buddhist thinker-activists that has given special attention to the ethical and spiritual impact of consumerism and militarism.
Consider reading his translation of Ajahn Buddhadāsa’s teachings on dependent co-arising, Under the Bodhi Tree.
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