Desire and Becoming by Ven. Amaro Bhikkhu Ajahn Amaro 's Profile : Born in England in 1956, Ven. Amaro Bhikkhu received his B.Sc. in Psychology and Physiology from the University of London. Spiritual searching led him to Thailand, where he went to Wat Pah Nanachat, a forest-tradition monastery established for Western disciples of the Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah, who ordained him as a bhikkhu in 1979. He returned to England and joined Ajahn Sumedho at the newly established Chithurst Monastery. He resided for may years at the Amaravati Buddhist Centre north of London, making trips to California every year during the 1990's. Since June of 1996 he has lived at Abhayagiri Monastery. He has written an account of his 830-mile trek from Chithurst to Harnham Vihara called Tudong-- the Long Road North, republished in the expanded book Silent Rain, now available for free distribution, and he edited The Pilgrim Kamanita, a Buddhist novel, published in 1999.