Ajahn Jayasāro

Ajahn Jayasāro (born Shaun Michael Chiverton in 1958) is a Buddhist monk in the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah.[1]

Ajahn Jayasāro
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Ajahn Jayasāro in 2018
Shaun Michael Chiverton

1958 (age 61–62)
LineageThai Forest Tradition
Notable work(s)Stillness Flowing: The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah (2018)
OrderMahā Nikāya
Senior posting
TeacherAjahn Chah
Based inJanamāra Hermitage near Khao Yai National Park (since 2003)
Ordination1980 (40 years ago)
Previous postAbbot of Wat Pah Nanachat (1997–2002)


Jayasāro was born on the Isle of Wight in England.[1] At the age of sixteen having been in contact with Buddhism through reading, he left for India where he spent "a couple of years" traveling and learning before hitchhiking back to England. At the time he was still looking for a way of life in line with his personal principles. In Asia he heard about an Englishman who had been a monk in the Thai Forest Tradition and was leading meditation retreats. Upon hearing his stories of the life as a forest monk he realised it was the way of life he was looking for.[2]

After joining Ajahn Sumedho's community as an anagārika in 1978 he travelled to Thailand to ordain at Wat Nong Pah Pong in 1979.[1] He received full ordination by Ajahn Chah in 1980[3] and was abbot of Wat Pah Nanachat from 1997 to 2002.[3]

Jayasāro has been involved in educating Thai people about the ivory trade.[4] In 2018, Jayasāro authored a biography of Ajahn Chah entitled Stillness Flowing.[5]

In 2019, Jayasāro was honoured with a royal title from Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn (Rama X).[6]

On 9 March 2020, Jayasāro was granted Thai citizenship by royal decree.[7][8]

He currently lives alone in a one monk monastery in Thailand.

Thai honorific ranksEdit

  • 28 July 2019 - Phra Raj Bajramanit Bisithadharmagunasundorn Mahakanisorn Bovornsangaram Gamavasi (พระราชพัชรมานิต พิสิฐธรรมคุณสุนทร มหาคณิสสร บวรสังฆาราม คามวาสี)[9]
  • 17 July 2020 - Phra Thep Bajranyanamuni Vipassanavidhikosol Vimolbhavanavarakit Mahakanisorn Bovornsangaram Gamavasi (พระเทพพัชรญาณมุนี วิปัสสนาวิธีโกศล วิมลภาวนาวรกิจ มหาคณิสสร บวรสังฆาราม คามวาสี)[10]

Notable worksEdit

  • Ajahn Jayasāro (2017). Stillness Flowing: The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah. Abhayagiri Monastery. ISBN 978-616-7930-09-1.
  • Ajahn Jayasāro (2015). Within and Without. Abhayagiri Monastery. ISBN 978-616-7574-141.
  • Ajahn Jayasāro (2012). Mindfulness Precepts and Crashing in the same car. Panyaprateep Foundation.



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