has been practicing meditation since 1989. She first came across the Buddha's teaching on the Four Noble Truths at the age of 14 and felt a deep confidence that the Buddha knew the way out of suffering. She has lived in Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries in the UK from 1992 until 2009, training with the Community of Siladhara under the guidance of Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Sucitto.
In 2009, she moved to the US on invitation of the Saranaloka Foundation to help establish Aloka Vihara
, a Theravada Buddhist monastic residence for women. In 2011, she took leave of the Ajahn Chah lineage in order to take full bhikkhuni ordination with Ayya Tathaaloka Theri as preceptor. Ayya Anandabodhi currently resides at Aloka Vihara in San Francisco and offers teachings at the vihara as well as in the wider Bay Area and occasionally in other parts of the US. The example and teachings of Ajahn Chah continue to be a source of inspiration and guidance in her life and practice.
- The title of Ayya Anandabodhi’s talk at City Center on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 is “Escaping into Reality, Rather Than from It”