A brief biography of the broadminded Thai monk, writer and educator.
A Theravada Buddhist monk who has devoted his life to the meditational aspects of the Buddha's teachings. The Venerable Sujiva has conducted numerous retreats in various centres throughout Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, some European countries and USA.
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- 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.