Born in 1948 in Italy to American parents, Jimi was raised in America and attended the University of Southern California. He first came to India in 1971-72, and in 1974 met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa at Kopan Monastery, Nepal. He was ordained by Lama Yeshe in 1980.
A monk for 15 years, Jimi divided his time between Nalanda Monastery in France, and India. Since disrobing, Jimi has lived permanently in Dharamsala, India, and has been teaching since 1992.
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