Ajahn Ñāniko hails from Northern California. At age 20 he read “A Still Forest Pool” by Ajahn Chah and decided that he would like to take Bhikkhu ordination. Ajahn Ñāniko began training at Abhayagiri in 2001. After training for a year as an Anāgārika and a year as a Sāmaṇera, he received Bhikkhu ordination on July 13, 2003. He spent his third year training in Thailand and returned to live under the guidance of Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro until after his fifth year. Ajahn Ñāniko returned to Thailand for the next four years, spending most of his time at Wat Pah Poo Jom Gom, a remote monastery in Ubon Ratchathani province, overlooking the Mekong River and Laos. He returned to Abhayagiri in 2012.
(Ajahn Ñāniko is currently in Thailand and is planning to return to Abhayagiri in 2018.)