Ajahn Chah (Phra Bodhinyana Thera) was one of the meditation teachers in the Thai forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism. He established many branch monasteries in Thailand and his Western disciples have carried the tradition to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and America.
- A documentary featuring Ven. Ajahn Chah:
Bhante Gunaratana is an internationally recognized author and meditation instructor who blends life-long meditation practice with in-depth knowledge of Buddhist teaching and its practical application.
Here is a web-site that is solely dedicated to Phra Ajaan Maha Boowa, perhaps the last of Phra Ajaan Mun's first generation disciple. A large number of his books and talks are available from this site. There are two videos (although with Thai commentaries) about life at his Wat Paa Bahn Tahd. Look into a transcribed talk of his in which he talks of his Enlightenment - very very important and interesting - go to the tab on 'Talks select at the bottom of the page, 'Shedding Tears in Amazement with the Dhamma'.
Phra Ajaan Mun was born in 1870 in Baan Kham Bong, a farming village in Ubon Ratchathani province, northeastern Thailand. Ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1893, he spent the remainder of his life wandering through Thailand, Burma, and Laos, dwelling for the most part in the forest, engaged in the practice of meditation. He attracted an enormous following of students and, together with his teacher, Phra Ajaan Sao Kantasilo Mahathera (1861-1941), established the forest meditation tradition (the Kammatthana tradition) that subsequently spread throughout Thailand and to several countries abroad. He passed away in 1949 at Wat Suddhavasa, Sakon Nakhorn province.
Venerable Uda Eriyagama Dhammajiva has practised as a meditation master for over a decade and is meditation teacher and Deputy Abbot of Meetirigala, a monastery in the strict forest tradition in Sri Lanka. He trained under Ven. Matara Sri Gnanarama Mahathera (Sri Lanka) and Sayadaw U. Panditabhivamsa (Burma).
Ajaan Lee was one of the foremost teachers in the Thai forest ascetic tradition of meditation founded at the turn of the century by his teacher, Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta. His life was short but eventful. Known for his skill as a teacher and his mastery of supranatural powers, he was the first to bring the ascetic tradition out of the forests of the Mekhong basin and into the mainstream of Thai society in central Thailand.