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Born in the United States in 1960, Michael Highburger spent six years studying continental philosophy at UT Austin, the University of Copenhagen and Baylor University. He undertook graduate work in philosophy and linguistic anthropology at UT Austin with a later stint at Brite Divinity School. Living one year in Africa followed by one year in the Middle East, he did his field work in Guatemala. Subsequently he undertook seven years of non-residential training in Buddhist meditation in the Kapleau lineage at Rochester Zen Center in upstate New York before taking up full-time residence at New Camaldoli Hermitage, Big Sur, California, a hermit order within the Benedictine Confederation. He took temporary vows as a junior monk in October 1998 under the mentorship of Fr. Bruno Barnhart, OSB. Cam. He subsequently moved to Sri Ramanasramam, Tamil Nadu, South India, the community where he now serves and edits the official Ramana monthly English language e-magazine, Saranagati. Having authored and edited numerous books on the Advaita Vedanta of Ramana Maharshi, his 19 years in India has also involved the study of interfaith dialogue within Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity where he assists in hosting groups from the West and participating in interfaith conferences. In recent years, he has been hosted by various governmental and non-governmental organisations in Europe to lecture and lead meditation retreats.