Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Click on the picture above to read the version in Thai, Mandarin and Japanese language.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Considered the true and prime leader of all monks dedicated to Kamatthana practice (Buddhist insight meditation) in Thailand.
He was totally committed to the study of Dhamma, Buddha's teachings. He is still revered and loved by all Thais Buddhists because of his effort in mental development to attain true knowledge.
He resided at Wat Baan Nong Pue from B.E 2487 (1944 A.D) until he passed away at the age of eighty. His discples placed his remains in Wat Pah Suddhavas, Sakorn Nakhon Province.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Here is an except from the words of Mae Chee Kaew taken from the book:
"When I went to the monastery as a young girl, I had to be accompanied by my parents, and I wasn't allow to mingle with the monks. While listening to the monks discuss Dhamma, I sat way in the back, just within earshot. The venerable meditation master taught us how to pay homage to the Buddha and how to praise his virtues with chanting. He encouraged us to radiate loving kindness to all living beings, and to always be open-hearted and generous. He told us that no matter how generous we were as lay supporters, the virtue of that generosity could not compare with the virtue of ordaining as a white-robed nun and earnestly practicing the way to end all suffering. That message always remained close to my heart."
Mae Chee Kaew (1901- 1991) had been taught by Luang Phor Mun- and she had always been well known for her psychic abilities. Luang Phor Mun had taught her carefully to ensure that her psychic abilities from her past practice did not interfere with her practice. Luangta, when he wrote the Spiritual Biography of Acariya Mun, had personally spoken to Mae Chee Kaew.
A chedi is built to display her relics and belongings in Sakorn Nakhon, Northeast Thailand.
Monday, September 7, 2009
A Manual of Buddhist Studies Through the Sacred Book of Buddhist Chants
The book is compiled by Bhikkhu Pannavuddho (Suddhinand Janthagul), Wat Rai Khing, Ampher Samphran, Nakhon Pathom, 73210 Thailand. It costs 150baht. I bought the book from a Buddhist book store in Amulet Street, Bangkok (located near Sanam Luang).
Some advantages of the book:
- the book carries the standard morning and evening chants chanted in most Thai temples. There are also other suttas and chants of transferrence of merits
- it is writen in 3 languages- Pali, Thai and English alongside each other. Therefore, you can show the book to a Thai Buddhist teacher to seek clarification or chant together with Thai speaking people. You will read the English and the Pali chanting (given with English pronounciation) while your teacher can refer to the Pali chanting (given in Thai language) in under to know exactly what you are referring to
- it has most of the more common suttas as well as important suttas like Ovadapatimokkha and the Noble Eight Fold Path
Generally, chanting in Thai temples may have the format as follows:
1. The standard morning and evening chanting praising the virtues of the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha.
2. If you are chanting at home, after finishing with the standard morning/evening chanting, you can continue with chanting the 5 or 8 precepts.
3. Then chant some suttas found in the chanting book, for instance Karaneyametta Sutta (Discourse on Loving Kindness) or Jayamangalagatha (Stanzas of Victory and Blessing)
4. End with transferrance of merits and metta (loving kindness).
Another useful online resource for Thai chanting is available in the following website: