About The Teacher
Kittisaro graduated from Princeton as a Rhodes Scholar and went on to Oxford before going to Thailand to ordain with Ajahn Chah in 1976. He was a monk for 15 years, during that time helped found Chithurst Monastery and Devon Vihara in the UK, trained monks, was a prison Chaplain, and taught extensively. He disrobed in 1991 and since then has taught internationally. He has studied and practiced Chan and Pure Land for 35 years, informed by the Chinese school of Master Hua, and has completed two year-long silent self-retreats.
Thanissara started Buddhist practice in the Burmese school in 1975. She was inspired to ordain after meeting Ajahn Chah and spent 12 years as a Buddhist nun, where she was a founding member of Chithurst Monastery and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in the UK. She has facilitated meditation retreats internationally the last 30 years and has an MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy Practice from Middlesex University & the Karuna Institute in the UK.
Kittisaro and Thanissara co-founded Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat in 2000. They are currently based in the Bay area, California, and are on the Teacher Council at Spirit Rock, CA core teachers at Insight Meditation Society Barre, MA, guiding teachers of Chattanooga Insight and Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat. They have recently initiated the USA based Dharmapala Training, a two year seven module training based in New Mexico and North Carolina. They are co-authors of Listening to the Heart, A Contemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism. Thanissara is author of serval poetry books and her recent book, Time To Stand Up, An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth.