Jotipālo Bhikkhu is a Buddhist monk, born in 1965. He ordained at the Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood Valley, CA, USA in June 2000.
As a monk, he has lived at Wat Pah Nanachat (Thailand), Arrow River Forest Hermitage (Thunder Bay, ON, Canada), Vimutti Buddhist Monastery (New Zealand) and the Pacific Hermitage (White Salmon, WA, USA); the majority of his time has been at Abhayagiri.
Prior to ordination, he lived for one year at a Hindu ashram called the Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and one year at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts.
He is a graduate of Wabash College (class of 1988) where he majored in Art and Classics.
Ajahn Jotipālo arrived at Birken in June 2019 after having spent a year studying iconography at the Collegeville Institute in Minnesota. Last year he was on retreat using iconography as a meditation practice. Ajahn Jotipālo was fortunate to get his work permit extended for another two years until June 2021. He is using this time to help around the monastery with firewood, building some outdoor furniture, and also developing a meditation he is calling “Sauntering into Silence”.
Since arriving at Birken, Ajahn Jotipālo has also been studying videography, and is making several videos a week. If a coronavirus vaccine has been approved by next summer, Ajahn Jotipālo hopes to do a two or three month long hike with some Catholic monk friends and film a documentary of their journey. His learning about videography is part of that project.
You can see some of his icons at iconucon.com and his videos at his YouTube channel, Sauntering into Silence.