2549 Number 76
The Forest Sangha is
a world-wide Buddhist community
in the Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn
for Luang Por Chah
from a talk given at Amaravati on 17 June 2003 by Luang Por Sumedho
evening we have an opportunity to reflect on the great teacher Ajahn
Chah. Today is his birthday, and each year at this time a Sangha
meeting is held at his monastery Wat Pah Pong in Thailand where
disciples and lay people gather. They usually hang their glots (mosquito
nets supported by a large umbrella) under the trees, camping out
in this way for the week. In the evenings monks give talks on Dhamma.
The great teacher Ajahn Mun, who died many years before I arrived
in Thailand in 1966, was one of the great meditation masters of
modern times, and many of his disciples were, by then, becoming
increasingly well known. Ajahn Chah said his association with Ajahn
Mun was very brief...
The Founding of Wat Pah Pong
the 8th March 1954 the gorged red sun was already dropping below
the forest ahead of them. As Ajahn Chah and his disciples walked
westwards from Bahn Gor village, the cracked earth of the paddy
fields on either side of them soon gave way to trees - at first
scattered, spindly and forlorn in the heat, and then increasingly
luxuriant - patterning the cart track with welcome pools of shade.
Pong Forest, their destination, loomed ahead of them, dense and
cool. Despite the deafening shrill of cicadas as they put up their
glots at the edge of the forest, the bhikkhus found Pah Pongs
presence calm and benign....
Chapter of Octads
Atthaka Vagga,(chapter containing suttas with eight verses
- although some suttas have more than eight verses) is the fourth
chapter of the Sutta Nipata. Its last three suttas are translated
here by Tahn Varado.
Venerable Mahakaccana was one of the eminent disciples of the Buddha,
considered chief amongst monks who could explain in full the brief
sayings of the Buddha. He was born in Ujjeni town (modern-day Ujjain)
in an area called Avanti. This area, now part of modern-day Madhya
Pradesh, lay 400 kilometres south-west of Savatthi, one of the centres
of early Buddhism. Having travelled to visit the Buddha and having
attained arahantship, he returned to Avanti.
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