Amma Thanasanti Bhikkhuni was born in California and first encountered the Dhamma in 1979. Since that time she has been committed to awakening. On a trip to Asia she met highly accomplished meditation masters Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Buddhadasa and Dipa Ma. In 1989, she went to England where she joined the nun’s community in the Ajahn Chah Forest Tradition. After 20 years she left her monastic community to return to the USA where she founded Awakening Truth whose mission is eventually developing a Bhikkhuni training monastery integrating ancient teachings of the Forest Tradition into the modern world. Currently she is based at the Shakti Vihara hermitage near the Garden of the Gods in Colorado, where she uses wilderness as a daily part of her practice.
Our bodies, heart/mind have sensations, impressions, associative memories. All of these arise in awareness are known in awareness and end in awareness. Every moment we have the choice of focusing on the objects of attention or leaning into the awareness that knows the objects of experience. When awareness is our refuge rather than identification with the objects, we discover peace, equanimity and joy.