Ajahn Mun. Venerable Ācariya Mun Būridatta Thera is one of the most revered forest masters of the 20th century. He is the root guru of both the. Venerable Ajahn Chah was born on June 17, in a small village near the town of Ubon Ratchathani, North-East Thailand. After finishing his basic schooling. One of the most highly revered monks in Thai history, Ajahn Mun Bhuridato revitalised the Thai Forest Tradition by living as closely to the way the hi.
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He was an influential teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition.
Respected and loved in his own country as a man of great wisdom, he was also instrumental in establishing Theravada Buddhism in the West. The dhamma talks of Ajahn Chah have been recorded, transcribed and translated into several languages. More than one million people, including the Thai royal familyattended Ajahn Chah’s funeral in January  held a year after his death due to the “hundreds of thousands of people expected ajwhn attend”.
His family were subsistence farmers.
Amahn is traditional, Ajahn Chah entered the monastery as a novice at the age of nine, where, during a three-year stay, he learned to read and write. The definitive biography of Ajahn Chah Stillness Flowing  states that Ajahn Chah took his novice vows in March and that his first teacher as a novice was Ajahn Lang.
He left the monastery to help his family on the farm, but later returned to monastic life on 16 Jaahnseeking ordination as a Theravadan monk or bhikkhu. The Collected Writings of Ajahn Chahhe chose to leave the settled monastic life in and became a wandering ascetic after the death of his father.
Among his teachers at this time was Ajahn Muna renowned meditation master in the Forest Tradition. Ajahn Chah aahn in caves and forests while learning from the meditation monks of the Forest Tradition.
A website devoted to Ajahn Chah describes this period of his life:. For the next seven years Ajahn Chah practiced in the style of an ascetic monk in the austere Forest Tradition, spending his time in forests, caves and cremation grounds.
He wandered through the countryside in quest of quiet and secluded places for developing meditation. He lived in tiger and cobra infested jungles, using reflections on death to penetrate to the true meaning of life.
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During the early part of the twentieth century Theravada Buddhism underwent a revival in Thailand under the leadership of outstanding teachers whose intentions were to raise the standards of Buddhist practise throughout the country. One of these teachers was the Venerable Ajahn Mun Bhuridatta. Ajahn Chah continued Ajahn Mun’s high standards of practise when he became a teacher. The monks of this tradition keep mmun strictly to the original monastic rule laid down by the Buddha known as the vinaya.
The early major schisms in the Buddhist sangha were largely due to disagreements over how strictly the training rules should be applied. Some opted for a degree of flexibility some would argue liberality whereas others took a conservative view believing that the rules should be kept just as the Buddha had framed them. The Theravada tradition is the heir to the latter view.
An example of the strictness of the discipline ajahhn be the rule regarding eating: In the Thai Forest Tradition monks and nuns go further and observe the ‘one eaters practice’, whereby they only eat one meal during the morning. Mjn special practice is one of the thirteen dhutangaoptional ascetic practices permitted by the Buddha ajjahn are used on an occasional or regular basis to deepen meditation practice and ajjahn contentment with little.
They might, for example, as well as eating only one meal a day, sleep outside under a tree, or dwell in secluded forests or graveyards. After aajahn of wandering, Ajahn Chah decided to plant roots in an uninhabited grove near his birthplace.
InWat Nong Pah Pong monastery was established, where Ajahn Chah could teach his simple, practice-based form of meditation.
He attracted a wide variety of disciples, which included inmuun first Westerner, Venerable Ajahn Sumedho. Wat Pah Nanachat muun the first monastery in Thailand specifically geared towards training English-speaking Westerners in the monastic Vinayaas well as the first run by a Westerner.
Several of Ajahn Chah’s Western students have since established monasteries throughout the world. By the early s, Ajahn Chah’s health was in decline due to diabetes. He was taken to Bangkok for surgery to relieve paralysis caused by the diabetes, but it was to little effect.
Ajahn Chah used his ill health as a teaching point, emphasizing that it was “a living example of the impermanence of all things From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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