The Venerable Ajahn Sumedho is a seminal figure in the transmission of Buddha’s teachings to the West. He is the senior Western representative of the Thai forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism.
Born in Seattle, Washington, he was first ordained as a bhikkhu in 1967 and trained nine years under the Venerable Ajahn Chah at Wat Pah Pong, a forest monastery in Thailand. Sumedho has come to be considered Ajahn Chah's most influential Western disciple. In 1976, he moved to England to establish a branch monastery in the UK. This became Cittaviveka Forest Monastery in West Sussex in 1979, and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in Hertfordshire in 1984.
Ajahn Sumedho has played an instrumental role in building the international monastic community. During his 34 years in the United Kingdom, he taught extensively throughout the world, ordained numerous monks and nuns, and authorized the establishment of six other monasteries in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. This network now extends across the world and includes Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California as well as centers in Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, and Canada.
Sumedho announced his retirement in 2010 and now dwells as a "free agent" in Thailand. He continues to travel periodically as a guest at various global Theravada communities.
Many of his talks are available in audio versions, and some have been transcribed and edited into a collection of books.
Ajahn Sumedho’s talks on Dharmaseed, and at Amaravati Monastery’s website.
His talks have been compiled into numerous books over the years, including The Sound of Silence and Don’t Take Your Life Personally.