Ajahn Ñāṇiko was born and raised in California. In 2001, at the age of 20, he visited Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California and decided to request anagarika ordination. In 2002, he took novice ordination, and in July 2003 he ordained as a bhikkhu. He received his basic training from Luang Por Pasanno and Luang Por Amaro at Abhayagiri, and has also spent over 6 years training in Thailand. He now guides the Abhayagiri community as abbot.
Ajahn Ñāṇiko, co-abbot of Abhayagiri Monastery, writes about how recollecting kindness and the spaciousness of nature can help us move gracefully through the current pandemic.