Ajahn Khemavaro was born in Vietnam in 1966. At the age of nine he moved with his family to live in California, USA. He obtained his BA in Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, Southern California. Except for a brief stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa, most of his jobs have been in the Banking/Finance Sector. While working as a stockbroker in Bangkok, he became interested in Buddhism and meditation. He began his monastic training at Wat Pah Nanachat, Thailand in 1999, and was ordained as a Bhikkhu in Ajahn Chah’s Tradition in 2000. Since 2005, Ajahn Khemavaro has lead numerous retreats in Singapore , USA , Norway , and Australia . Currently, he resides at Wat Buddha Dhamma.