Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Thanissaro Bhikkhu, also Ajaan Geoff ( b. 1949 ) is an American Buddhist of the Theravada tradition, a monk of the Order Thammayut ( Dhammayutika Nikaya ) belongs to the Thai forest tradition kammatthana. He is abbot of the monastery Metta Forest Monastery in San Diego County in the U.S. state of California. He also acts as a translator of the Pali canon. His works appear partially in Dhamma books.


Thanissaro Bhikkhu ( Geoffrey DeGraff ) is an American Buddhist monk of the Thai forest tradition kammathana. After 1971 a degree in European intellectual history at Oberlin College, he traveled to Thailand, where he learned meditation under Ajaan fuang Jotiko, a student of Ajaan Lee's. He was ordained in 1976 and lived at Wat Dhammasathit, where he remained even after the death of his teacher in 1986. In 1991 he traveled to the mountains of San Diego County in Southern California, where he helped Ajaan Suwat Suvaco, Wat Mettavanaram ( " Metta Forest Monastery ' ) build.

His publications include translations of Ajaan Lee's meditation manuals: Handful of Leaves, a four-volume collection of Sutta translations, the Code of Buddhist hermit, a two-volume handbook for monks, wings for the awakening and ( as co -author ) the textbook Buddhist Religions: A Historical Introduction.

Before Ajahn Fuangs death in 1968 asked this Ajahn Geoff to become abbot of Wat Dhammasathit. A short time later, Ajahn Geoff Abbot, but as a Westerner in a Thai Wat founded by countries (monastery) had no authority. Instead, he traveled in 1991 at the request of Ajaan Suwat Suvaco in the San Diego County, where he helped build the monastery Metta Forest Monastery. In 1993 he became abbot of this isolated and situated regarded as strictly conservative monastery. 1995 Ajahn Geoff the first US-born and non - Thai bhikkhu who was awarded the title, the authority and the responsibility of a marshaller ( Upajjhaya ) in Thammayut Order was. He also served as treasurer of this Order in the United States.


His publications include:

  • Translations of Ajahn Lee's meditation manuals from the Thai
  • Handful of Leaves, a five-part collection of sutta translations
  • The Buddhist Monastic Code, a consisting of two volumes handbook on the subject of monastic practice.
  • Wings to Awakening, a study of the factors that have been taught by Buddha as being fundamental to the awakening
  • The Mind Like Fire Unbound, an investigation of Upadana ( adherence / adhesion ) and Nibbana (Nirvana ) in terms of philosophical illustration of fire
  • The Paradox of Becoming, a detailed analysis on the subject of becoming a causal factor for suffering
  • The Shape of Suffering, a study of the conditional Mitaufkommen desseb and comment on the factors of the Noble Eightfold Path
  • Skill in Questions, a study like Buddha with abgesehener strategy in answering questions constitute a framework for understanding the strategic purposes of his teachings
  • Noble Strategy, The Karma of Questions, Purity of Heart, and Head & Heart Together, collections of essays on the Buddhist Practice
  • Meditation (1-5), collection of written down Dhammalehrreden
  • Dhammapada: A Translation, a collection of verses of the Buddha
  • And as co- author a textbook at university level: Buddhist Religions: A Historical Introduction
  • Into the Stream A study guide on the first stage of awakening