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Buddhism Ajahn Chah, Modern Isaan Blessing or Scourge

chah-sumedhoI found these words some years ago and thought it a good time to put into Isaan Live. It’s about a year since I first posted this Ajahn Chah story and being back in the States see this reflection on “Progress” pertinent.
“So much in life is called progress, but in the end seems only to be movement. “I (Ajahn Chah left Khon Kaen Friday Morning and it is now Sunday afternoon. I have seen flooding and drought in the same day, I have seen suffering and joy. The loss of crop and the harvesting of crop. I have seen disco and morning Puja. I have seen people caught up in face and people who know the reality and samsara of face.
Modern times rammed itself down the throats of many in Isaan. Every river that feeds the Mekong River dammed save one.


Ajahn Chah,Mind Reading Ability and more Dhammapada, Buddhism,Thailand

JayasaroAjahn Jayasaro talks aboutAjahn Chah reading minds and Ajahn Munindo comments on

All states of being are determined by mind.
It is mind that leads the way.
As surely as our shadow never leaves us,
so well-being will follow when we speak or act
with a pure state of mind.
v. 2


What Gets A Buddhist Monk Expelled, Buddhism Thailand

Often, in Thailand we read about the shenanigans monks get up to. Women, drink, drugs and ownership of things not allowed in the Vinaya. The Vinaya  is the Monks Rules an the law that governs monks conduct and  punishments. In Thailand the Government often usurps responsibility for maintaining conduct of the Bhikkhu Sangha from the Bhikkhu, making up their own rules as far as Buddhism is concerned. Bhikkhus carrying money is common in ThaiLnd, but an ignored offense in Thailand. All in all simply by reading the daily papers in Thailand it is easy to see that the state of Buddhism in Thailand is dire. My opinion is that many of the problems are a result of the Thai Government’s management of Th Bhikkhu Sangha and goings on of Buddhism in the country.
To read the Vinaya can be quite confusing especially to a layman….

Buddhism,”The Beauty of Sila”, Ajahn Jayasāro

JayasaroTo my mind this explains in simple terms what a samana, a monk should be. this is not the complete talk. it can be found online”Forest Path” A collection of talks, essays, and accounts from the community at Wat Pah Nanachat THE BEAUTY OF SĪLA  Ajahn Jayasāro, an edited version of a Dhamma talk given to the Sangha during the 1998 Rains Retreat…


Mae Chee Kaew, The Life of a Buddhist Nun in Northeast Thailand

kaewBhikkhu Silaratano (Ajahn Dick) is a senior western student of Luangta Maha Boowa . He translated the story from Thai to English
This book not only gives an insight into life in Northeast Thailand through the 1900s but into the history of Khammathana Dhutanga Buddhism during the time it was being formed in Isaan by Ajahns Sao and Mun. Reading about the teaching of Ajahn Sao and Mun and the impact they had on simple villagers in the forests and hills of the area is inspiring. We experience the life of an ordinary,uneducated Phu Thai girl who goes on to realize the ultimate truth and escape suffering in her lifetime. We see her interaction with her teacher Luangta Maha Boowa from the 1950s till her death in 1991.

Buddhism, A Buddhist Monk is Allowed 4 Requisites

luangtaFood, Clothing, Shelter, Mdicine are the 4, only 4 requisites that Buddhist Monks are allowed. As stated in Buddhanet, “Sundries; As circumstances changed, the Buddha allowed monks to make use of other small requisites, such as needles, a razor, etc. In modern times, such things might include a pen, a watch, a torch, etc. All of these were to be plain and simple, costly or luxurious items being expressly forbidden.”
There is only 1 Vinaya and that has not changed, and Buddhist Monks are allowed the 4 requisites. Not money. Not cars. Not Airplanes. Not Amulets.


The Vinaya, The 227 Rules for a Bhikkhu and Buddhism in Thailand

People ask why I use a picture of a monk at an ATM machine in some of my posts about Buddhism in Thailand. Some people tell me that it is alright for monks to have money in Thailand. And many have told me it is not polite to post it.
It seems that there is a lot of confusion about Buddhism, superstition and the monastic code in Thailand. I have always found a number of references useful “The Buddhist Monk’s Discipline Some Points Explained for Laypeople by Bhikkhu Khantipalo” and in particular the discussion about money.”For Laypeople: A lay-person should never offer money directly to a bhikkhu… even if it is placed inside an envelope or together with other requisites. They should either deposit the money with the monastery steward, put it in a donation-box….

Buddhism, Luang Por Liem Ṭhitadhammo, Wat Pa Nanachat, Thailand

liemI was traveling from Surin, passong through Si Sa Khet and Ubon Ratchatani and as usual stopped in to Wat Pa Nanachat to pay my respects. While there I happened on a Bhikkhu I know and we ended up spending a couple hours discussing things Dhammic, He not only offered a couple of reflections, but some books both in Thai and English, as well as some audio disks with desanas by various Ajahn Chah students. I don’t often read “Dhamma” books anymore, but found myself absorbed in “Santi-Peace Beyond Delusion” Teachings on Practicing for Tranquility and Peace by Luang Por Liem Thaiadhammo The two Dhamma-talks in this book were given by Luang Por  Liem  Thitadhammo  at  Wat  Nong  Pah  Pong  in  the years 1988 and 1991. In both of these talks, Luang Por tells of his practice at Wat Nong Pah Pong some twenty years  before,  when  he  first  came  to  the  monastery  into the  care  and  training  of  Luang  Por  Chah.  He  describes his experience in the monastery at that time, both in its communal   aspects,   and   in   terms   of   his   trials   and successes in the personal struggle for  liberation of mind.


Buddhism,”Uncommon Wisdom”, Life and Teachings of Ajaan Paññāvaḍḍho

Paññāvaḍḍho“Uncommon Wisdom” Life and Teachings of Ajaan Paññāvaḍḍho By: Ajaan Dick Sīlaratano
Being near Ajaan Paññā, one sensed his palpable inner peace and serenity. His gaze was open, calm and benevolent, free of conflict, bias or judgment. With his warmth, his wisdom and his compassion, Ajaan Paññā personified the nobility of the teachings. By his personal example, the Dhamma was rendered practical and vibrant with life. Earnest practitioners saw in his exemplary manner and in his freedom from attachments, the special teacher whom they longed to encounter.
I was lucky enough to meet Ajahn Panna and to listen to him a few times at Wat Pa Ban Taad…