Achan Da Nilpant has been teaching meditation for over 25 years and is the abbot of the Redding Meditation Society. He was one of enlightened monk Luangpor Teean Jittasubho’s closest students.
He was born on August 16, 1951 at Nonsawang village, Roiet Province, in the northeast of Thailand. After he finished elementary school he became a novice monk for 5 years. He disrobed at 17 when his parents moved from Roiet to Nakonpanom. He worked on their farm planting rice and other crops but they struggled to make a living. He was always innocent, friendly, generous, patient and sincere. He didn’t like to fight and was always polite and respectful to other people.
After 3 years of working on the farm with his parents, he decided to return to the monkhood. His parents approved of his decision and he was ordained at Supararam Forest Monastery in 1971. Achan Da pursued Luangpor Teean after hearing many recommendations from practitioners but didn’t actually find and meet him for 2 years. He studied under Luangpor Teean’s personal guidance for 3 years and practiced patiently and diligently, step by step through the stages of the practice until he reached the end of suffering.
Luangpor Teean encouraged Achan Da to teach throughout Thailand and they worked together until Luangpor Teean’s death in 1988. Achan Da has continued to teach and made his first visit to America in 1993.