Tan Ṭhitapañño was born in 1983 in Washington, DC and spent much of his childhood in the surrounding suburbs. While in college he developed an interest in spirituality and began to meditate daily and attend retreats. After graduating, he decided to pursue his spiritual aspirations by becoming a lay resident at the Bhāvanā Society Forest Monastery and Meditation Center in West Virginia. After living at the Bhāvanā Society for a little more than a year, Tan Ṭhitapañño decided to explore his interest in monastic life by visiting different monasteries. Upon arriving at Abhayagiri, he felt he had found the right place and subsequently trained for two years as an Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera. Ajahn Pasanno and the Abhayagiri Saṅgha gave Tan Ṭhitapañño Bhikkhu ordination on June 13, 2009.