1024px Ajahn SucittoVENERABLE AJAHN SUCITTO was born in London in 1949. Before entering monastic life, he graduated from England's University of Warwick with a degree in English and American Literature in 1971. He  spent a few years following the lifestyle of the alternative culture of the time, before heading  overland to India in 1974 on a spiritual quest. This eventually landed him in Thailand in 1975,  where he was inspired by a meditation class in English in Wat Meung Maung given by an English  monk, Phra Alan Nyānavajīro. Sensing an important  turn in his spiritual journey, Sucitto entered the  monastery where Phra Nyānavajīro lived:  Wat Kiriwong in Nakhon Sawan. On 25 September he  took samanera precepts and on 22  March 1976 he was ordained as a bhikku, both in Wat Potharam  in Nakhon Sawan.

A chance sojourn at Wat Umong in Chiang Mai in December 1976 brought Ajahn Sucitto into contact  with (now) Luang Por Sumedho, who was passing through Chiang Mai at the time. This was an  auspicious encounter, as it prepared the ground for Ajahn to visit Luang Por in Hampstead when he  visited England in 1978. Luang Por had taken up residence in the Hampstead Buddhist Vihara in  1977, and readily accepted Ajahn Sucitto as a disciple. Ajahn trained under Luang Por for much of the ensuing fourteen years.

In 1979, Ajahn Sucitto was part of the group that established Cittaviveka Forest Monastery in Chithurst, West Sussex (www.cittaviveka.org/). He has lived there for the greater part of his monastic life and has been its abbot since 1992. He began teaching retreats for laypeople after the Rains Retreat of 1981 and has continued to teach retreats in Britain and overseas ever since.

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