Ajahn Nyanadhammo was born in Adelaide in 1955. He became inspired by the Buddha’s message while a biology student, and in 1978 stayed at Wat Buddhadhamma near Sydney before travelling to Thailand to ordain.
He received his novice ordination from Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, and in 1979 received full ordination with Ajahn Chah. He then spent many years wandering in the jungles, staying in secluded monasteries and seeking out great teachers. From 1994 to 2002 he stayed at Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery as deputy to Ajahn Brahmavamso. From 2002 he was the abbot of Wat Pa Nanachat in Thailand and since 2007 he has been the abbot of Wat Pa Ratanawan in Thailand, a forest monastery at the foot of Kow Yai National Park.