Welcome to “Peace Beyond Suffering.” For people who are interested in Peace, the practice of meditation plays a tremendously important role in helping you to realise your potential to experience deep clarity and well-being. This website has been created to be an easy to use resource for people with a sincere interest in meditation. You will find several meditation practices presented here in the form of step by step 'Guided Meditations.' There are also readings from Buddhist suttas and excerpts from the Dhamma Talks of contemporary meditation masters. These resources help us to see the meditation practices in a wise and balanced perspective. Ajahn Achalo's encouraging instructions and Dhamma Talks are useful supports to the practices presented here. We encourage you to explore the contents of this site.
Ajahn Achalo was born in Brisbane Australia in 1972. He developed a keen interest in meditation at the age of twenty and a year later left for Thailand to study Buddhism more intently. After a two year period practising in various centres and monasteries, in 1996 Ajahn Achalo ordained as a Theravada Bhikkhu (monk) under Ajahn Liem at Wat Nong Pah Pong, the monastery founded by venerable Ajahn Chah. Although most of his training has taken place in Thailand, Ajahn Achalo has also lived in several international Forest Monasteries in the Ajahn Chah lineage.
Ajahn Achalo is deeply grateful for his many opportunities to study with well-practiced monks as well as for having been able to train in several traditional contexts, including meditation monasteries, remote forests, and periods on pilgrimage. During his years of training, he has received personal guidance from many remarkable teachers, among them, Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Jayasaro and Ajahn Kalyano. For most of his Bhikkhu life, he has considered Tan Ajahn Anan, abbot of Wat Marp Jan, to be his principal mentor. In addition, he has found the Dalai Lama's instructions and example to be of tremendous value.
The talks and guided meditations presented here are offered as an expression of this gratitude,
in the hope that they may assist those wishing to develop both
wisdom and inner peace.
Ajahn Achalo is the Abbot of a small forest monastery in the mountains of Petchabun Province, Thailand