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Thanissaro Bhikkhu (born 1949) is an Americanmarker Buddhist monk of the Thai forest kammatthana tradition. He was born Geoffrey DeGraff and converted to Buddhism in high school. After graduating from Oberlin Collegemarker in 1971 with a degree in European Intellectual History, he traveled to Thailandmarker, where he studied meditation under Ajaan Fuang Jotiko, himself a student of the late Ajaan Lee. He was ordained in 1976 and lived at Wat Dhammasathit, where he remained following his teacher's death in 1986. In 1991 he traveled to the hills of San Diego Countymarker, U.S.marker, where he helped Ajaan Suwat Suvaco establish Wat Mettavanaram (Metta Forest Monasterymarker). He was made abbot of the monastery in 1993. His long list of publications includes translations from the Thai, Ajaan Lee's meditation manuals; Handful of Leaves, a four-volume anthology of sutta translations; The Buddhist Monastic Code, a two-volume reference handbook for monks; Wings to Awakening; and (as co-author) the college-level textbook, Buddhist Religions: A Historical Introduction.

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