Wednesday, November 25, 2009

About Somdej Phra Buddhacara

Note: Somdej Phra Buddhacara is also known as Somdet Toh.
To read about his legend, click HERE (article published by

Wat Rakang Kositaram, Bangkok Metropolis.

Born in B.E 2319 (1776 A.D) and ordained as a novice at the age of thirteen. He was ordained under the royal sponsorhip at Wat Takrai, Pitsanulok Province. He was the royal mentor and teacher of the Khmer Language to H.R.H. Crown Prince Mongkut when the Crown Prince was ordained as a novice.A monk of profound wisdom, he was renowned for his sagacity and his witty eloquence. He strictly observed all tenets of itinerent monkhood. He passed away at the age of eighty five.

(Click on the picture above to read the version in Thai, Mandarin and Japanese language.)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Phra Ajahn Plien Panyapatipo- another distinguished teacher of the Thai Forest Tradition

Phra Ajahn Plien is another distinguished meditation teacher of the Thai Forest Tradition. His monastery is located in Chiang Mai. His website is for English. The website contains a number of photos taken on his monastery.
For the Thai version, it is

Phra Ajahn Plien is able to converse in English as he has been to overseas to give Dhamma talks. I have been to his monastery twice or three times- it was the last time that I went end of last year that I was able to see him.

Incidentally, 16 November is Ajahn Plien's date of birth.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wat Luang Phor Sim in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Luang Phor Sim is one of the disciples of Ajahn Mun (note: photo of Luang Phor Sim above is obtained from Vimutti Linage website). He had since passed away but his temple, located some distance away from Chiang Mai- is at the mountains. I have included the name of the temple above- again my apologies that I have not obtained the name of the temple in English.

Below are the pictures of the temple that I have taken during my visit there:

Above: View of the temple
Above: The place where visitors can stay. Upstairs is the lodging place while downstairs is the toilet/bathroom.

Above: Staircase leading all the way to the main shrine (a cave) and pagoda

Above: Pictures of Luang Phor Sim displayed in the cave showing various stages of his life

Above: Picture of Luang Phor Sim after he passed away