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Tan Pesalo

Tan Pesalo was born in 1978 in Tokyo and grew up in South Pasadena, California. While studying theater at UCLA, he found a book about Buddhism on a friend’s shelf and immediately resonated with the teachings. Upon graduating, Tan Pesalo accepted an invitation to travel to Thailand. After enjoying a ten-day meditation retreat, he spent time at monasteries in Thailand and Southern California. Before coming to Abhayagiri, Tan Pesalo lived in Berkeley and served as the director of an after school program. After training for a year as an Anāgārika and almost a year as a Sāmaṇera, Tan Pesalo was ordained as a Bhikkhu on June 2, 2012 with Ajahn Pasanno as preceptor.
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