Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is the founding abbot of the Bhavana Society. Born in Sri Lanka, he has been a monk since age 12 and took full ordination at age 20 in 1947. He came to the United States in 1968. Bhante G has written a number of books, including Mindfulness In Plain English and Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness. As Chief Sangha Nayaka Thera for North America, he is the highest-ranking monk of his sect in the US and Canada. Bhante G writes articles, leads retreats, and teaches worldwide.