Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro is meeting with the Buddhist Community at Stanford (BCAS) on the morning of June 13th. This event is co-sponsored by the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies.
The schedule for the morning will be:
8:30 - 9:00 AM PDT Group meditation (without Ajahn Jayasaro)
9:00 - 10:00 AM Ajahn Jayasaro Q&A with the BCAS Community
Venerable Ajahn Jayasaro (Shaun Michael Chiverton) was born on the Isle of Wight, England in 1958. After finishing secondary school, he traveled through India on a spiritual search, eventually returning to England in 1978 where he served as an anagarika in Ajahn Sumedho's community. In November of that, he traveled to Thailand to become a disciple of Ajahn Chah, one of Thailand’s most renowned Buddhist monks and meditation masters, at Wat Pa Pong forest monastery in Northeast Thailand. He took full ordination, with Ajahn Chah as his preceptor, in 1980.
In 1997, Ajahn Jayasaro assumed the position of abbot of Wat Pa Nanachat, the international monastery of Ajahn Chah’s lineage, where he remained until the end of 2002. Since early 2003, he has been living in a hermitage at the foot of Khao Yai Mountain National Park. The Dhamma teachings and meditation retreats he gives at a nearby retreat centre offer inspiration to both lay Buddhists and monastics. Ajahn Jayasaro is also the chair of the advisory board of the Panyaprateep School, a secondary school with an emphasis on Buddhist Wisdom Education.
Ajahn Jayasaro has written many books on Buddhist themes in Thai and English. Most recently, Stillness Flowing, his seminal biography of Ajahn Chah. Before that, he wrote Without and Within as a general introduction to the Theravada Buddhist tradition.