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Miracles escaping from death calls!!!

This batch of Phra Yod Nam (Water droplet) was sponsored entirely by one of our member whom is also Ven. LPu’s loyal and faithful supporter.

While these are some of Ven. LPu’s earlier amulets. Venerable LPu Sukh doesn’t really make much amulets.

Ven. LPu’s amulets are effective because Reverend stays true with the Dhamma that Buddha taught.

Ven. LPu Sukh respected by many laities especially in the village and always have them at heart. Even the Sanghas in Pichit and Sisaket highly revere Ven. LPu Sukh.

Ven. LPu Sukh taking a break in the open at  Wat Pa’ Phromnimit, just couple of days ago.

About Ven. LP Ser, Wat Don Yai Phearm

 

Ven. LP Ser (Thathip Dhammakwakro) was born on the 5th May 1951, Saturday, year of Rabbit. Ven. was born on Wan SaoHa. Born in Singhburi, Ven.’s father was Khun Nai Plap and his mother Khun Nai Lakong. Khun Nai Plap was a very well-known astrologer cum fortune reader in Singhburi at that time. Ven. is the eldest of the 3 siblings. Venerable inheritted his father’s astrology and fortune reading skills. Venerable became a novice monk under Ven. LP Pae of Wat Phikunthong and study Dhamma and practise under Ven. LP Pae. Ven. LP Ser studied under many well known teachers. Ven. received scriptures of practise of Ven. LP Pae, Ven. LP Si (LP Pae’s master) and also of Ven. Pu Thong in the cave Tham Chakjang. Ven. also studied Hoon-Yoon (spiritual guardian eg Hoon Pa Yon) wicha under Por Tao Oun in Nongkai. Ven. LP Ser built Wat Don Yai Phearm in 2535. The land originally belonged to Khun Nai Yai Phearm, who looks after Ven. LP Ser when he was young then. Khun Nai Yai Phearm then offered his land to Ven. LP Ser to further his practise. In Ven. ‘s temple lived 2 spirited tiger-guardians, mother and son. These tigers were faithful devotees of Ven. Pu Thong, they always venerate themselves to Ven. Pu Thong before they leave the cave Tham Chakjang and when Ven. Pu Thong practises in the cave, both of the tigers will watch him over. Though Ven. Pu Thong had passed away physically but we believed Ven. Pu Thong simply attained LokGuttara. Similar to Ven. LP Thep Udon whom are believed to be existing in our realm. Ven. Pu Thong has been Ven. LP Ser’s guardian and master till now, they both communicate with each other all the time.

 

The photo above shows the recent Wan SaoHa collections. Ven. LP Ser advised everyone to wear amulets consrecated on Wan SaoHa this year to boost up one’s luck factor. Not necessary from his collections but any good amulets that was consrecated on SaoHa this year.

 

Therefore for those whom are participating in the bath rituals, Ven. LP Ser will give a Rian Na Ser SaoHa 2553 (The tiger face metal amulet featured above.)

In conjuction with Ven. LP Ser’s visit to our center this 15th July to 18th July 2010. Ven. will make 99 pieces of Mai Tao Sak Thong specially for SaengThai only. This mai tao is about 6-8inches, body made from wood called Sak Thong. Sak means class or prestige or a class above. Thong means gold. The energy is well balanced for this mai tao, from enhancing one’s luck to giving protection. We don’t know, what will be the final cost but we estimate it to be not more than RM300. All proceeds to go to Ven. LP Ser.

 

 

Other collections that are available when Ven. is here are;

 

 

 

 

This is Phra Sivali Khao Sammabart Roon Puja Kru. Those whom are following Krubas like Ven. Kruba Noi or Ven. Kruba Aliyachart, will know that certain disciples of Buddhas enters into meditation retreat for days to weeks and some even to months, without food, drinks or even changing of postures. Ven. LP Kasem’s record was 40 over days! Such practise is called Khao Sammabart. Like Ven. Kruba Aliyachart,  their devotees/laities will come from all over Thailand, most with food ready to be served and other requisites when they know Ven. is about to exit Khao Sammabart. When Ven. Kruba open his eyes there’s an entire field of people waiting to offer him requisites. In Thailand they believe, the opportunity to offer their requisites to a monk whom practise the way of the Buddha as such, can yield much merits.

 

That is the meaning of the Phra Sivali Ven. LP Ser, for those whom wears this Phra Sivali Khao Sammabart will be bestowed with more than enough requisites of life. Plus the fact it is made in the shape of a water droplet, it meant to symbolise water, without water there can hardly be life. And water is just like metta, can diffuse mountains of fire if we knew how.

 

This Phra Sivali is made from Khao San Hin ( rice turned into stones ) grinded into powder form. It’s a lucky charm that symbolises eternal food.

 

 

 

 

The above is Phra Pu Reusi Phrom Thong, Phrom means the highest of the Thevadas and Thong means gold. The  wan/ herb materials are collected from India. This Pu Reusi can help bearer of this amulet to enhance their intuitions or six-sense. This Pu Reusi also bestow its bearer good luck and blessings.

 

 

 

Other postings on Ven. LP Ser, click here!

 

Venerable Somdej Phra Rajamuni Samiramagunupamacarya ( Ven. Luang Pu Thuad)

Venerable Somdej Phra Rajamuni Samiramagunupamacarya or popularly known as Ven. Luang Pu Thuad

 

Introductions

Personally, images of Ven. LP Thuad is the very first in my collections, since I was in my teens, they are mostly given to me by my father. My father is very fond of Ven. LP Thuad. Honestly, I myself wasn’t a very keen collector of Ven. LP Thuad images. I guess it was because very limited genuine information is available those days. I remembered reading a booklet that titled ‘The Legend of Luang Phor Thot’, that booklet didn’t convinced me too of the virtues of Ven. LP Thuad for two reasons :

  1. Legend is defined as an unverified story handed down from earlier times, especially one popularly believed to be historical. Therefore my first reaction was Ven. LP Thuad isn’t real.
  2. Perhaps it was the way it was worded or written, I perceived that it has much exaggerations.

It was through my Teacher, he had shown me that Ven. LP Thuad is in fact very real with historical facts kept in the Bangkok National Library. And my Teacher has brought me to places where Ven. LP Thuad born, the padi fields where his parent worked…etc ( I will share with you all later.) . It was after much and I read this article written by Khun Songvit Kaeosri, Chief of International Serials Data System Regional Centre for Southeast Asia National Library in Bangkok, that my perception was altered. I will now share with all dear readers this article, it wasn’t written by Khun Songvit as per but he reproduced it based on a historical document called ” Phra Tamra Borom Rajudis phue Kalpana” (Royal Decree to Dedicate all Benefits from Lands and People to the Specific Temples).

 

Venerable Luang Pu Thuad, The Story of His Life by
Khun Songvit Kaeosri, Chief of International Serials Data System Regional Centre for Southeast Asia, National Library, Bangkok, Thailand
The following story of Luang Pu Thuad is based on the historical document called ” Phra Tamra Borom Rajudis phue Kalpana” (Royal Decree to Dedicate all Benefits from Lands and People to the Specific Temples). It was a royal command of King Ekadasaroth of Ayudhya in 2153 B.E. ( 1610 A.D.) This document was discovered by Prince Damrong Rajanubhab-the Father of History of Thailand, then the Minister of Interior, in 2456 B.E. (1913 A.D.) From Wat Khian in Amphoe Sathing Phra, Songkhla. The document described the temples under royal patronage for restoration and dedication of lands and population nearby for the sake of the temples. It is fortunate that in this document, the life and roles of Luang Pu Thuad had been given from the beginning of his childhood upto the title of the rank “Somdej Phra Rajamuni Samiramagunupamacarya” in favour of King Ekadasaroth.


Luang Pu Thuad was born in 2125 B.E. (1582 A.D.) at Ban Suan Chan, Chumphol District, Sathing Phra in Songkhla, Southern part of Thailand. His parents were Mr. Hu and Mrs. Chan, a poor couple living with Shretthi Pan, the wealthy landlord. The parents named their child as “Pu” (meaning crab). One day while Pu was still a new-born baby, his parents took him out to the rice field and made a cradle by cloth between two trees for their child sleeping bed, and then went over to the paddy field to work. After some time, Chan turned around to look at her baby and extremely frightened when she saw a large snake curling up around the child’s cradle. Chan cried loundly and everybody nearby as well as Hu rushed out to see what was happening. They observed that the snake did no harm their child. With the old belief that this snake might be the God created vision, they worshiped the snake with collected flowers and rice ears and prayed the baby safe. The snake began to uncurl itself the child and left out soon. In astonishment, the baby was still asleep with a crystal ball lit up with many colours at his neck. The crystal ball had been kept and given back to the child when he was grown up. Even today, this crystal ball was still installed at Wat Pha Kho, Songkhla, with a long story of its miracles.

 

Photo (left) Ven. LP Thuad’s parent’s shrine at Wat Ton Liap, Sathing Phra, Songkla. (right) Ven. LP Thuad’s parent’s shrine at the padi field they worked near Wat Ton Liap.

Photo (above) This is the exact spot where Ven. LP Thuad was laid when he was still a baby at the padi field and the encounter with the snake.

Photo (above) is the crystal ball of Ven. LP Thuad that was spitted by the snake. It is kept in Wat Pak Kho until now.
When the boy was seven years old, he was sent to stay with Abbot Chuang, his uncle monk, at Wat Kudi Luang for primary school study. Then at 15, he was ordained as a novice and lived with Phra Khru Saddhammarangsi at Wat Sri Yang or Sri Ku Yang (at present in Ranod, Songkhla). At the age of 20, he was ordained as a monk in Buddhism with Phra Khru Saddhammarangsi as the Preceptor. The Buddhist name (Chaya) given to the new monk was “Samiramo”
Three years of his monkhood under the care of Phra Khru Ka Derm, he studied Dhamma and Pall till its introductory completion. Later on, he wanted to further his study for Buddhist scriptures in Ayutthaya. Then he asked the permission from his preceptor and accompanied Mr. In, the large sampan owner, to Ayutthaya. Three days after sailing out into the open sea, then one day they turned very rough and stormy. The ship had to anchor until the sea calmed down. At this hard time, the fresh water for drinking and cooking on the ship had run out. Everybody, especially the ship owner In, was furious and blamed the monk as the cause of ill fortune and expelled him down from the ship. While Bhikkhu Pu sat in a small boat ready to move forward, he dipped his foot into the sea and told the sailor to fetch the sea water from where he had stepped to drink. The sailor felt astonished when he had tasted the sea water and it became the fresh drinking water. When Mr. In and everybody on the ship were told, they came to taste and fetched the fresh water from the limited circle and stored all the water supply they needed for the rest of the journey. Through the miracle, Mr. In and his sailor realized of their guilty with the monk. They fell down to the feet of the monk and begged him pardon, then invited him to ship on to Ayutthaya again. When the ship reached to Ayutthaya, Mr. In took Bhikkhu Pu to reside with the Abbot of Wat Khae and rendered Nai Chan, his servant, to follow the Bhikkhu as his temple-man. For some time with trade, Mr. In shipped back to Nakhon Si Thammarat.

  

Photos (above) This is the main Ven. LP Thuad veneration shrine at the entrance of Wat ChangHai, the front is his image and the chedi that kept his bone ashes is behind the image.
In Ayutthaya, while Bhikkhu Pu had studied Buddhist scriptures at Wat Lumbalinavas, there had a gamble from King of Sri Lanka to have Challenged with King of Siam to translate all of the golden alphabets into the Buddhist Scriptures to the correct order within seven days. If all the requested be met and finished in time, the King of Sri Lanka would then give all of the treasures on the seven sampans to the King of Siam as tribute. Otherwise the King of Siam had to pay the tribute to the king of Sri Lanka.
Within the capital city a Ayutthaya, no one could meet with this challenge. Six days of anxiety of the King passed. At last it was found that a young Bhikkhu named Pu or Samiramo left and was summoned to solve the challenge. The young monk went to the assembly, paying his respect to Maha Sangha, then encountered with seven Brahmins from Sri Lanka.

 

Photo (left) A standing image of Ven. LP Thuad at Wat Ton Liap, his birth place.

 

 

 

 

Bhikkhu Pu started to re-arrange the golden seeds into the Dhamma accordng to Buddhist texts with no difficulties. The 84,000 units of the golden seeds were all used up except seven seeds left missing. They were Sam (Dhammasangani), Vi (Vibhanga), Dha (Dhatukatha), Pu (Puggalapannatti), Ka (Kathavatthu), Ya (Yamaka) and Pa (Patthana) which are the heart of the seven scripturers of Abhidamma Pitaka. The young monk turned to the seven Brahmins and asked if they had kept the missing golden seeds. When they were given, the complete rearrangement of golden seeds into Buddhist scripture of Abhidhamma was finished with correction in the 7th day, the Brahmins as the Ambassadors of King Sri Lanka had then given all the treasures of 7 sampans to the young monk but he turned everything away and gave them all to the King. Being favourite to King Ekadasaroth of Ayutthaya with his knowledge and wisdom, Bhikkhu Pu had been bestowed upon the Sangha title of “Somdej Phra Rajamuni Samiramagunupamacarya” the most higher rank ever given to any other pedestrian monks before in the country.

Photo (above) Phra Sri Ratana Mahadhatu, Wat Pha Kho, was built by Ven. LP Thuad
Somdej Phra Rajamuni Samiramagunupamacarya or Luang Pu Thuad had stayed in Ayutthaya to have adviced to the King many ways till his old age and then asked for permision from the King to go back his home town. The King had permitted with a promise to give all the supports requested by Luang Pu Thuad in turns of his virtuous deeds. When Luang Pu Thuad was back to Wat Pha Kho, his home town, he found the Wat mostly ruined and thus sent a messege requesting the support to restore the temple to the King. King Ekadasaroth was pleased to respond to Luang Pu Thuad needs, he gave all supports to the said monastery and graciously issued the Royal Degree on Dedication of Land and people of about 250 families nearby Wat Pha Kho as beneficial to the temple. The Royal Decree was later successive to Wat Khian possession and given to prince Damrong Rajanubhab in 1913. At present it was kept in the National Lihary, Bangkok.
Luang Pu Thuad had spent his life for the sake of the people without impartiality. Lastly, he had vanished from Wat Pha Kho along with a young novice to preach Dhamma and helped people at various places in the South up to Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. His second permanent residence was at Wat Changhai, Pattani. His date of passing away was not certain.

 

Through his psychic attainments (abinnya) and miraculous virtues, Luang Pu Thuad came into manifestation in the imagination and dream of his disciples, and then there had been made his amuletic images firstly at Wat Changhai in 2497 B.E.(1954 A.D.). His amulets have showns many miracles to many experienced individuals from time to time. Many batches of his amuletic images have been erected again and again with the most popular of them have been collected and included in this book “Luang Pu Thuad : The Story of His Life and Amulets”. It is worthy to learn that at present some type of the first batch of Phra Luang Pu Thuad created in 2497 B.E. (1954 A.D.) cost more than Baht 1,250,000 or USD$50,000 each. It is believed that in Thailand no any other monk has gained more reverence than Luang Pu Thuad for his amulets are of both increasing numbers and miraculous virtues.

The end of article by Khun Songvit.

Sharing on Ven. Luang Pu Thuad would not be complete without introducing Ven. LP Du of Wat Sakae. The reason being, Ven. LP Du has often been referred as the 2nd Ven. LP Thuad due to his saintly practices and spiritual attainments.

Photo (left) Ven. Luang Pu Thuad (right)  Ven. Luang Pu Du, Wat Sa Kae, Ayutthaya

Luang Pu Thuad Wat Sakae, Ayutthaya
Luang Pu Thuad Wat Sakae was built by Luang Pu Du Brahmapanno who was a disciple of Luang Pho Klan Wat Phrayatikaram, Ayutthaya. He paid the most respect to Luang Pu Thuad and often contacted with Luang Pu Thuad in his meditation for some advices when he encountered with problems. So almost of the amuletic images which he built were many types of Luang Pu Thuad and the following were examples of them :

  1. Small altar amulets
  2. Amulets Nua Phong
  3. Medals Imitated image of Luang Pu Thuad,
  4. Loy-ong ( Bass Relief)

The small altar images of this batch were hand-moulded by Luang Pu Du himself, later some metallic images were created by using moulds. Besides, there were some votive tablets of white Nua Phong, which were created by using many kinds of moulds. Luang Pu Du distributed them to the disciples who came to practice meditation with him, so we called “Phra Phong Kammatthan or also known as Pong MahaCakapat ( the King of all Pongs ).

 

Ones of the backside of some votive tablets of Luang Pu Thuad were stamped the IN. letter which meant “Brahmapanno”, the religious name of Luang Pu Du. They had been found in Luang Pu Du’s manse after his death. A lot of people have believed in all of the amuletic images which Luang Pu Du created, for they have high extraoridinary phenomenas of the Buddhist virtues. They are very old and worthy of collection. For example the rian ‘Poed Lok” 2532 is the most saksit among all his collections and also the most expensive but unfortunately also the most duplicated. Poed Lok symbolises/means the bright positive aura or energy that dispels all darkness or ignorance. Collectors whom are enthusiast of Ven. LP Thuad amulets should not miss this collection.

www.venlpdam.wetpaint.com

We are dedicating a special website for our dearest Teacher, Ven. Lp Dam Wat Mai Naparam. Please visit www.venlpdam.wetpaint.com know more about our Teacher. We have just started so please be patient with us. We will continue to write more. Please help us to notify others whom are also interested to known more about Ven. LP Dam on this website. Thank you and regards!

Venerable Luang Phor Dam, Wat Mai (Naparam)’s PariNibanna

                                     ( 1941 – 2008 )

We would like to inform all Buddhist especially filial devotees or lay disciples of Ven. LP Dam, Wat Mai (Naparam), that Ven. LP Dam have passed away peacefully, 67 years of age, today at 2nd December 2008 at about 4 am in the morning. We have lost a great Teacher. Ven. LP Dam was a humble , compassionate and highly attained Teacher.

This photo was taken 18th October 2008 when we delivered Kathina 2008 Donations to Ven. LP. When we arrived Ven. LP was resting feeling unwell. His attendants advised us not to interupt him resting. Ven. LP asked to be assisted up upon hearing our arrival. The relationship between Ven. LP Dam and my teacher, Acharn Vicharn goes a long way back. Ven. LP smiled, greeted us and had a casual exchange. After handing over the donations, we collected the amulets we booked earlier. Ven. LP Dam offered to puthaphisek for the last time his last batch of amulets. To my asthonishment, Ven. LP Dam emanates great vibration and energy during the puthaphisek and meditation, something I haven’t seen before visiting Ven. LP. It was as if Ven. LP knew it was his last puthaphisek for us.

Katha MahaLap Venerable Luang Phor Dam, Wat Mai (Naparam)

Namo Tassa Bhagawato Arahato Sammasambudhassa (x3)

Buddhang Gaiathip Borisut Luang Phor Dam Manee Ma

Dhammang Gaiathip Borisut Luang Phor Dam Manee Ma

Sangkang Gaiathip Borisut Luang Phor Dam Manee Ma

Iti Puja Chakmaharaja Sapaksanieha Arahang Sammasambuddho Yatra Yamdee Sawadee Lapho Nak Mo Budh Dha Ya

 

Katha Ruay (Money)

Om Racha JakMahaRacha Khor Chong Ma Yu Nai Kra Bao Luklan Manee Ma,

Om Ruay Ruay Ruay.

Venerable Luang Poh Thong Poon, Wat Ban Pen, Ayuddhaya

Luang Poh present age 77 years old at year 2551. He is the present 7th Chief Monk of Wat Ban Pen, Ayuddhaya. Venerable LP Thong Poon is also Amphur Sena Ayuddhaya, a Buddhist’s Monk District Officer of Sena, Ayuddhaya, Ven. LP supervise 37 Wat or temples in the district of Sena, Ayuddhaya.

Luang Poh’s Buddhist name is Phrakkru Suwannsilanukoon but popularly known as LP Thong Poon. He enters novicehood at age of 17 and subsequently at the age of 20 enters monkhood. He has been practising since then till present. He has learned under many great Teachers like Luang Poh Sawat, Luang Poh Mi of Wat ManVichai and Luang Poh Vik Boon Wat Kratongthong. He learn the art of making holy water from Luang Poh Pring. Luang Poh Thong Poon received the knowledge and katha to make the ever famous Takrut Dok Mai Thong (Golden Lotus) from Luang Poh Sanan of Wat Saotongthong.

Though Luang Poh Thong Poon has admitted himself that he is skillful and famous for making Takrut Dok Mai Thong only, yet many of his lay diciples have requested Venerable LP Thong Poon to make other amulets. Now Venerable LP’s schedule is very tight because he is always invited to attend ‘pok sek’ or blessing amulet ceremonies both grand or small occasions.

Takrut Dok Mai Thong or also known as Takrut Metta Khunang is endowed 5 great ability other than protection; Maha Sanae (ability to attract opposite sex), Maha Metta (ability of great loving kindness), Maha Niyom (ability of great popularity influence), Klaew Kard (ability to avoid dangers or misfortunes) and Ka Khai (ability to enhance business and selling).

View Takrut Dok Mai Thong

Ven. LP Thong Poon was in Maluri from 24th till 27th December 2006. We were very happy to finally meet Ven. LP after 3 years of invitation. That December was one of our best Decembers in our lives, Mr. Chia Lee Soon, one of our members and also donations treasurer for Ven. LP during his presence at our centre. His car number plate came 3rd prize in Magnum after Ven. LP left for Thailand. As for me and most of our members, the rest of next year was a productive year.

In the three days, we were able to raise RM25,000 for Ven. LP for his temple funds. All donations go to Ven. LP, lodging, food and air tickets were all borne by our members. That is why you all can have our assurance, the takruts and amulets are all from Ven. LP’s hand.

 

Ven. LP with some of our members.

Ven. LP ‘charging up’ our buchas and the amulets, takruts he brought from temple. He’s also preparing holy water for our members’ blessing.

Ven. LP in action!

 Ven. LP ‘choen’ (write katha) on our centre’s door before he left for airport.

 

Luang Poh Jarun, Wat Ambhavan, Singhburi Province

Dear Readers,

Sawadee Pee Mai or Happy New Year! This year in 2008, I would like to start my blog by sharing with you all one of Thailand’s great Dhamma teachers. He is none other than Luang Poh Jarun of Wat Ambhavan in Singhburi Province. I will continuosly publish his articles on Dhamma especially on the Karma and on practice of meditations. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Suchitra Onkom of Bangkhae, Bangkok because without her great effort translating the original transcript to English, our learning is not possible. Thank you again.

BIOGRAPHY OF PHRA RAJSUDDHINANAMONGKOL

Venerable PhraRajsuddhinanmongkol (Jaran Thitadhammo) took on the position of acting Abbot of War Ambhavan in B.E. 2500 (1957), and has steadily conducted a program of devel­opments and improvements, both internally and externally, bringing the monastery to greater and greater prosperity. He was given the title Phra Rajsuddhinanmongkol in honor of the celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday on August, 12, 1992. His life and works are objects of faith and inspiration for people everywhere.

 

BIRTHPLACE

Phra Rajsuddhinanmongkol was born in the reign of King Rama VII (the seventh reign of the Ratanakosin Dynasty) on August 15, 1928 at 5.10 PM (418 Year of the Naga) in Tambol Muangmoo, Amphur Mueng, Changwat (Province) Singhburi. }He was the fifth of ten children born to his mother, Jerm and father, Pae Janyaraks. The Venerable was ordained on 15 July 1948 at 2.00 PM at Wat Prumhuri, in Singhburi Province, with Chao Khun Promnagaracariya as preceptor and Phra Khru Thavornviriyakhun of Wat Buddharama as kammavacariya, chanter of the ceremony.

 

EDUCATION

The Venerable was educated in both worldly and religious matters and was especially gifted in both areas. His education can be summarized as foIlows: He received secular education from various places:

  • Wat Saddhabhirom public school
  • Singhavidhayon School
  • Singhburi Province School
  • Sirisuddho School
  • Suvitdaramas School

He finished fourth year of secondary school education in 1944.

 

STUDY OF THAI MUSIC

He studied Thai music, such as the Mon flute, brass and stringed instruments and lyric composition from his father and Khun Luang Dhara. Later on, his grandfather, Colonel Luang Dhara introduced him to General Phibulsongkram, Prime Minister of Thailand, in order to have him enter the Police Academy. The Venerable studied there for about a month, but left as that study did not suit him.

 

STUDY OF THE GUILDS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR

The Venerable began to take an interest in the guiles of human behavior but when he had gained some understanding of arm he became fed up with it and did not use his knowledge for benefit of others. At that time, as he had reached the age of twenty, he forsook the household life and entered the shade of the saffron robe, where he has stayed ever since.

 

STUDY OF DHAMMA-VINAYA AND MEDITATION

  • 1948: studied the Dhamma (Teachings) and Vinaya (Disci­pline) at the Promburi Centre.
  • 1949: passed the second grade of Dhamma Examinations at War Chaeng Promnakorn.
  • 1950: studied meditation with Phra Khru Nivasdhammakhan (Lunar Pop Deem), Amphur None Pho, Nakornswan Province. 1951: studied meditation with Luang Poh Lee and Venerable Chao Khun Ariyagunadhara in Korn Kaen Province
  • 1952: studied making power objects and holy water with Luang Pop Gong, Wat Nab Tang, Ayudhya Province and Phra Khru Vinitsutagun, Luang Pop Sauna, at Wat Saotongtorng, Ang-tong Province, and Luang Poh Jaht, Wat Bahn Sahng, Prajinburi Province.
  • 1953: studied calm and insight meditation with Phra Bhavanakosol Thera (Sot, Candasaro), otherwise known as Luang Poh Wat Pahk Nam, at Wat Pahk Nam, Amphur Phasricharoen, Thonburi Province.
  • 1954: studied and practiced insight meditation with Chao Khun Acariya Phra Rajsiddhimuni at Wat Mahadhatu, in Bangkok.
  • 1955: studied Abhidhamma with Ajahn Tejin (a Burmese monk) at Wat Rakang, Thonburi Province and studied fortune telling with His Holiness the Sangharaja at Wat Srakes, in Bangkok.

He studied and exchanged ideas about psychology with Ajahn Colonel Chom Sugandharat. He went wandering (dhutanga) in search of seclusion and suitable places to develop medi­tation practice among the forests and mountains of Northern Thailand.

 

 

POSITIONS AND TITLES

  1. Acting Abbot Wat Ambhava, Tambol Ban Paging, Amphur Promburi, Singhburi Province, in 1957
  2. Conferred the title Phra Khru Palat Jaran, Thitadhammo Thananugrom (assistant) of Chao Khun Sundaradhamma Praputh, Ecclesiastical Governor of Roy Et Province (while living in his own monastery of War Ambhavan) in July, 1958.
  3. Conferred the title of Phra Khru (sannabat) “Phra Khru Bhavanavisuddhi”, Abbot of Wat Ambhavan, on December 5 1968
  4. Appointed as Ecclesiastical Head of Amphur Promburi in 1975.
  5. Conferred the title of “Phra Khru Bhavanavisuddhiguna,” on December 5, 1988
  6. Conferred the title of Phra Rajsuddhinanmongkol on August 12, 1992

 

WORKS

From the time the Venerable began to function as acting Abbot of Wat Ambhavan in 1957 until he received the title and official position of Abbot on December 5, 1968, a period of eleven years, Venerable Phra Rajsuddhinanmongkol did not use his time idly but tried in every possible way to bring prosperity to the monastery and to help other monasteries by providing them with the proper conveniences. Venerable Phra Rajsuddhinanmongkol is a gifted speaker, whose teachings inspire and rouse his listeners, a daring builder who goes ahead with a project even without the funds at hand, a philanthropist who gives what he has for meritorious causes and to help his monastery attendants. The Venerable Phra Rajsuddhinanmongkol is also a problem solver, meeting problems that arose in the course of building by inviting a foreign monks to give sermons at the monastery and using the offerings that resulted to pay the stoneworks and hardware stores. When this was not sufficient to solve the problem he has borrowed the money from his mother or relatives. Because the Venerable Phra Rajsuddhinanmongkol is such a developer, a gifted speaker and meditation teacher all in one, his achievements each year are many, and they have been recognized on many occasions, such as

  • In 1973 he received an honorary award as the Social Developer of the Year (in the field of voluntary social welfare, religious activities).
  • In 1975 he received an award from Her Highness Princess Sirindhom at Wat Mahadhatuyuvarachrangsit in Bangkok on Tuesday 28 May, 1975 for his great contribution to Buddhism in the field of encouraging sincere practice of the Dhamma.
  • In 1976 he was awarded an Honorary Pin as an outstanding developer in the Paen Din Tham Paen Din Thorng project from His Excellency General Prem Tinasulanon, the Prime Minister, at Government House on May 6, 1976.

Thus it can be said that Venerable Phra Rajsuddhinanmongkol has dedicated his life to the development of society and he has Iong been a major refuge for Buddhists, both locally and at large.