Ajahn Amaro

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Ajahn Amaro
Ajahn Amaro.jpg
With lay visitors in US, 2007
Religion Theravada
School Thai Forest Tradition
Born 1956
Kent, England
Senior posting
Based in Amaravati Buddhist Monastery
Title Ajahn
Religious career
Website http://www.amaravati.org/

Ajahn Amaro (born 1956) is a Theravada Buddhist monk and teacher, and abbot of the Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in south east England. The centre is inspired by the Thai forest tradition and the teachings of the late Ajahn Chah. Its chief priorities are the practice and teaching of Buddhist ethics, together with traditional concentration and insight meditation techniques.


Ajahn Amaro was born Jeremy Charles Julian Horner in Kent, England. He was educated at Sutton Valence School and Bedford College, University of London. He is a second cousin of I.B. Horner (1896-1981), late President of the Pali Text Society.

In 1977, having completed his degree in psychology and physiology, Amaro travelled to Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand on an undefined "open-ended" spiritual search. He somehow found himself in northeast Thailand, at the forest monastery of Wat Pah Nanachat. Ajahn Chah's charismatic presence and the encouragement of the senior American monk Ajahn Pabhakaro had a decisive impact on Amaro, and this experience changed his life.

Amaro became a lay renunciate, and then four months later he became a novice. In 1979 he received upasampada from Ajahn Chah and took profession as a Theravadin bhikkhu.

Amaro stayed in Thailand for two years, and then returned to England to help Ajahn Sumedho establish Chithurst Monastery in West Sussex. With the blessing of his abbot, in 1983 he moved to Harnham Vihara in Northumberland. He made the entire 830-mile journey on foot, chronicled in his 1984 volume Tudong: The Long Road North.[1][2]

Amaro began teaching in California in the 1990's and eventually helped to found Abhayagiri monastery in California. In 2010, he accepted a request from Ajahn Sumedho to succeed him as abbot at Amaravati monastery.


Ajahn means teacher in the Thai language.


  • Tudong: The Long Road North (1984, English Sangha Trust)
  • Silent Rain (1994, Amaravati Publications)
  • Words of Calm and Friendship - by Ajahn Pasanno & Ajahn Amaro (1999, Abhayagiri Monastery)
  • The Pilgrim Kamanita: A Legendary Romance - by Karl Gjellerup, Ajahn Amaro ed. (1999, Amaravati Publications)
  • The Dhamma and the Real World - by Ajahn Pasanno & Ajahn Amaro (2000, Abhayagiri Monastery)
  • Broad View, Boundless Heart - by Ajahn Pasanno & Ajahn Amaro (2001, Abhayagiri Monastery)
  • Food for the Heart - by Ven. Ajahn Chah; Introduction by Ajahn Amaro (2002, Wisdom Publications)
  • Small Boat, Great Mountain: Theravadin Reflections on the Natural Great Perfection (2003, Abhayagiri Monastery)
  • Who Will Feed the Mice? (2004, Abhayagiri Monastery)
  • The Sound of Silence - by Ven. Ajahn Sumedho; Introduction by Ajahn Amaro (2007, Wisdom Publications)
  • Rugged Interdependency (2007, Abhayagiri Monastery)
  • Like a River - by Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Amaro et al. (2008, Patriya Tansuhaj)
  • The Island: An Anthology of the Buddha’s Teachings on Nibbāna (2009, Abhayagiri Monastery) - by Ajahn Pasanno & Ajahn Amaro
  • Rain on the Nile (2009, Abhayagiri Monastery)
  • The Long Road has Many a Turn - by Nick Scott with Ajahn Amaro (2013, Amaravati Publications)


  1. Kiely, Robert, His Holiness the Dalai Lama (1996). The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus. Wisdom Publications. p. 205. ISBN 0-86171-114-9. 
  2. Seager, Richard Hughes (2000). Buddhism In America. Columbia University Press. p. 155. ISBN 0-231-10868-0. 
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