Hugh MacMillan was brought to the dhamma, as so many are, by mountains of self-inflicted suffering. He has been sitting since 1984. He sat numerous short retreats with Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Amaro followed by longer retreats at IMS with Joseph Goldstein and others. He has been involved in developing the Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood Valley under co-abbots Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro since 1994. He teaches meditation to prisoners at Soledad prison.