Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff) is an American Buddhist monk of the Kammatthana (Thai Forest) Tradition. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1971 with a degree in European Intellectual History, he traveled to Thailand, where he studied meditation under Ajaan Fuang Jotiko, himself a student of the late Ajaan Lee. He 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 County, USA, where he helped Ajaan Suwat Suvaco establish Metta Forest Monastery. He was made abbot of the Monastery in 1993.

~ From his website, Dhammatalks.org

Selected Works

Ajahn Geoff explains how the monastic institution works by creating an economy of gifts.

I cannot recommend this classic textbook on the history of Buddhism highly enough. Short and readable, yet thorough and precise, this must-read covers the entire history of Buddhism in a couple hundred, lively pages.

During my first weeks with my teacher, Ajaan Fuang, I began to realize that he had psychic powers.

A fascinating series of open letters between Ajahn Geoff and Bhikkhu Bodhi on the subject of “just war.”

the Buddha himself rarely smiles in the Canon, and when he does, the reasons for his smile are never hilarious. Still, the Canon’s reputation for being devoid of humor is undeserved. It’s there in the Canon, but it often goes unrecognized.

Readings:

Translations:

As for the question of suffering in the future—in this life or the next—don’t overlook your heart that’s suffering right now.

Monks! All is aflame!

Subha Bhikkhuni finds a creative solution to sexual harassment.

In a practical meditation teaching, the Buddha describes five progressive approaches to arresting unwanted thoughts.

Insofar as it disintegrates, it is called the ‘world.’

He doesn’t assume consciousness to be the self, or the self as possessing consciousness, or consciousness as in the self, or the self as in consciousness.

I have taught the Dhamma compared to a raft, for the purpose of crossing over, not for the purpose of holding onto. Understanding the Dhamma as taught compared to a raft, you should let go even of Dhammas, to say nothing of non-Dhammas.

The Buddha explains how mindfulness of the body should be cultivated and to what benefits it leads.

If there is rebirth, then what gets reborn?

The monastic rules for Theravada Bhikkhunis, prepared in a bilingual English-Pali edition for study and recitation.