Ajahn Jotipalo of the Abhayagiri Monastery will be our guest the evening of March 30. He will offer a dharma talk and answer questions about Theravada monasticism, the Thai Forest tradition, and dharma.
Please note that our regular schedule will be modified as follows:
- 6:30 - 7:30 pm meditation with Refuge Chant at 7pm
- 7:30 - 7:45 pm tea
- 7:45 - 8:30 pm talk and Q&A
The Abhayagiri Monestary offers some guidance regarding etiquette when interacting with members of the monastic community.
Also, Ajahn Jotipalo's biography is available on the Abhayagiri website.
Ajahn Jotipālo was born in 1965 in Indiana. He received a B.A. from Wabash College and worked for six years in technical sales. He became interested in Theravada Buddhism after sitting several Goenka retreats. While on staff at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, he met Ajahn Amaro and Ajahn Punnadhammo. After leaving IMS, he spent three months with Ajahn Punnadhammo at the Arrow River Forest Hermitage in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Ajahn Jotipālo came to live at Abhayagiri in 1998 and subsequently spent two years training as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera. He ordained as a Bhikkhu with Ajahn Pasanno as preceptor on Ajahn Chah's birthday, June 17, 2000. Since that time, Ajahn Jotipālo has also stayed at Ajahn Chah-branch monasteries in Thailand, Canada, and New Zealand. He has returned to Abhayagiri for the vassa of 2012.