VENERABLE AJAHN GAVESAKO was born in 1975 in Czech Republic. His interest in Buddhism started at the age of 15 by discovering some old books in the local library, mainly translations of the Buddha’s discourses in Czech and German language. After that he read English publications kindly sent to him from Sri Lanka by Bhikkhu Bodhi, who also corresponded with him. At the age of 18 he visited Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England for the first time. Later he used to spend his summer holidays there every year and become familiar with the Thai forest tradition in the lineage of Ajahn Sumedho. While studying philosophy in Prague, he translated a number of Buddhist texts from Pali and English into Czech, including 'Buddha-Dhamma for Students' by Buddhadasa. In 1998 he became an anagarika at Amaravati Monastery, then in 2000 a samanera in Chithurst Monastery, and in 2001 he was ordained as a bhikkhu at Amaravati with Ajahn Sumedho as his preceptor (upajjhaya). Ajahn Gavesako spent several years in the monasteries of the Ajahn Chah tradition in England (Chithurst, Amaravati) and also in Thailand (Wat Pah Nanachat, Wat Marp Jan). After that he lived in Western monasteries in Switzerland. Italy, Germany and New Zealand. Ajahn Gavesako is currently resident at Chithurst Buddhist Monastery in southern England and is helping with the establishing of Skiptvet Buddhist Monastery in Norway.