Bhante Pamutto was born in New Jersey, USA, and ordained in 2010 in the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravada Buddhism. In 2015, after seven years of training, he set out on a period of solo wandering to cultivate the austere ‘dhutanga’ practices. He happily lived and taught dhamma that way for three years until serious illness forced him to disrobe. After a long recovery, he returned to robes in September of 2020, still deeply committed to fostering Buddhist practice and monastic training in the U.S. He currently resides at Empty Cloud Monastery in NJ.