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Kittisaro was originally from Tennessee USA, 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 and during that time helped found Chithurst Monastery and Devon Vihara in the UK. He also taught extensively during this time and was involved in the training of monks. He disrobed in 1991 and since then has taught internationally in the States, Europe, South Africa, and Israel. He has studied and practiced Chan and Pure Land since 1980 informed by the Chinese school of Master Hua. Kittisaro has completed two one year long silent self retreats and is currently writing in between continuing his teaching engagements. He is co-author of 'Listening to the Heart: A Contemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism', is a core teacher at Insight Meditation Society, MA, guiding teacher of Chattanooga Insight, TN and affiliated teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA. With his wife Thanissara, he co-founded Dharmagiri Insight Meditation Centre in 2000

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