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Ajahn Thanasanti was born in California. She was first introduced to insight meditation in 1979 in a class taught by Jack Engler. After completing a BA in Biology from UCSC she worked for a few years as an analytical chemist. In 1987 she went on pilgrimage to India, Nepal and Thailand to meet many of the meditation masters she had heard about.
She went to Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in 1989 to begin training as a novice. She received ordination in 1991 at Amaravati and trained at both Amaravati and Chithurst Buddhist Monasteries with Ajahn Sumedho as her teacher. She spent a few years travelling as an alms mendicant without a fixed abode.
Ajahn Thanasanti has been teaching intensive meditation retreats internationally for many years. Her interest is integrating insight into the full human condition and using nature as a support in the practice.
Currently she is resident at Chithurst Buddhist Monastery in the new Rocana Vihara.