Ajahn Jayanto

Ajahn Jayanto

Ajahn Jayanto


Ajahn Jayanto – abbot of Temple Forest Monastery

Ajahn Jayanto is the founder and abbot of Temple Forest Monastery. He is a very respected and well liked teacher in the Theravada tradition.

Entry into the spiritual life

Ajahn Jayanto grew up in Newton, USA. He attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He traveled the world, and from his encounters with the spiritual life, he developed a great interest in Buddhism and meditation.

A meditation class at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center led him to live for a while at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. From there, he made plans to join the monastic community of Ajahn Sumedho as a postulant at Amaravati Monastery in England in 1989.

Ajahn Jayanto ordained in 1991

Ajahn JayantoTaking bhikkhu (monk) ordination at the related Cittaviveka Monastery in 1991. He trained there and at Aruna Ratanagiri Monastery until 1997. At that point, he embarked on a period of practice in Thailand and other Asian Buddhist countries.

Ajahn Jayanto returned to the UK in 2006, where he lived at Amaravati until 2014. Since 2009 He helped to lead the efforts to establish a branch monastery in New England, in the town of Temple. Since 2014, he serves as abbot of Temple Forest Monastery.

A much respected Ajahn

Ajahn Jayanto is a very respected and well liked teacher in the Theravada tradition of Ajahn Chah’s monasteries in the west. His Dhamma Talks are very popular and his retreats get fully booked very quickly.

Additional resources

In addition to the Dhamma Talks available here on Dhamma Audio, Dharmaseed has some talks available by Ajahn Jayanto, that we haven’t yet included. We hope to be able to include Dhamma audio from Dharmaseed at some point in the future.