Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1944, he obtained a B.A. in philosophy from Brooklyn College (1966) and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School (1972). Drawn to Buddhism in his early 20s, he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received full ordination in 1973. He was appointed editor of the Buddhist Publication Society (in Sri Lanka) in 1984 and as its president in 1988. Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, including In the Buddha’s Words (2005). In 2000 he gave the keynote address at the United Nations on its first official celebration of Vesak. He returned to the U.S. in 2002 and currently resides at Chuang Yen Monastery, teaching both there and at Bodhi Monastery. He is also the chairman of Yin Shun Foundation.