Ajahn Kalyano was born in the UK and became interested in Buddhism at high school. He began practicing meditation on a regular basis during his time at university and this led to his decision to travel to Thailand in 1983 and seek out a meditation teacher.
After spending time as an anagarika with Ajahn Chah he became a bhikkhu at Wat Nong Pa Pong in 1985. Ajahn Kalyano translated Dhamma teachings from Ajahn Chah and other forest Ajahns, and this work continued when he began training under Venerable Ajahn Anan in 1991.
Ajahn Kalyano also spent much of his early years as a monk staying out in the forests of Thailand practicing in the tradition of a wandering “dhutanga” monk. During this period he lived in a very simple and ascetic way and devoted himself to developing and deepening his understanding of the Buddhist path. He is now the resident teacher at Buddha Bodhivana Monastery in Australia.