Tan Ajahn Chandako is an American who has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Religions. He was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1990 in the Thai Forest Tradition in the lineage of Venerable Ajahn Chah. After practicing intensive meditation in various monasteries in Thailand and traveling extensively in Tibet, Nepal and India, he settled at Wat Pah Nanachat in Thailand, the monastery established by Ajahn Chah for his English-speaking disciples. He translated many of the teachings into English and is also the author of 'A Honed and Heavy Ax: Samatha and Vipassana in Harmony.' In recent years, he has taught internationally, and is currently the abbot of Vimutti Forest Monastery, near Auckland, New Zealand, which he established in 2004.