Tan Pesalo was born in Japan and grew up in South Pasadena, California. While at university, he found a book about Buddhism on a friend’s shelf and the teachings resonated deeply. Upon graduating, Tan Pesalo accepted an invitation from a friend to travel to Thailand. After enjoying a ten-day meditation
retreat there, he spent further time at monasteries in Thailand, Southern California, and England.
After training for a year as an Anāgārika and approximately a year as a Sāmaṇera, Tan Pesalo was ordained as a Bhikkhu on June 2, 2012 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery with Ajahn Pasanno as his preceptor.
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