Achan Nipen Nontamart is also an ordained Thai Forest Monk, and has been practicing meditation for over 25 years. He was also a student of the Thai meditation master, Luangpor Teean Jittasubho. Achan Niphen serves as Abbot of the Janlan Forest Monastery in the northeast of Thailand, and as Assistant Abbott of both Wat Sanamnai near Bangkok, and the Redding Center for Meditation/Wat Sati-Ma, in Redding, CT.
Achan Niphen was born in 1960 in Janlan Village, Kalasin, Thailand. Realizing that life was full of suffering, he also searched out Luangpor Teean, and initially began studying with him as a layperson. Practicing earnestly, he soon realized the first stage of roop/nam (body/mind). Soon after this, in 1986, he decided to ordain as a monk. He continued his practice and gradually understood deeper levels of Dhamma. Since then, he has been teaching continuously in both Thailand and America.