Bhante Yogavacara Rahula was born as Scott Joseph Du Prez in Southern California in 1948. He grew up during the 60's and entered the U.S. Army for three years in 1967, spending ten months in Vietnam. Adopting the lifestyle of a wandering hippie, he began a long odyssey starting in Scandinavia which took him half way around the world to India and Nepal. In Nepal he encountered his first spiritual teachers, Tibetan Lamas, at a month long meditation course, by the end of which he was converted more or less to being a Buddhist or at least an earnest seeker after Truth. His search brought him south to Sri Lanka where he ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1975. He remained in Sri Lanka off and on until 1986 when he returned to the U.S.A. Since then he has been living at the Bhavana Society, a forest monastery/meditation center in West Virginia.