100th YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Venerable Ajahn Chah (Phra Bodhiñāna Thera) was born into a typical farming family in a rural village in the province of Ubon Rachathani, N.E. Thailand, on June 17, 1918. At the age of twenty, on April 26, 1939 he entered a monastery for higher ordination as a bhikkhu.
In 1946, he set off on mendicant pilgrimage, and studied under the guidance of Venerable Ajahn Mun, the most outstanding Thai forest meditation master of the century. Ajahn Chah practiced in the style of an ascetic monk in the austere Forest Tradition for the next seven years.
After many years of travel and practice, he was invited to settle in a thick forest grove near the village of his birth. Ajahn Chah's simple yet profound style of teaching has a special appeal to Westerners, and many have come to study and practice with him. In 1966 the first westerner came to stay at Wat Nong Pah Pong, Venerable Sumedho Bhikkhu. From that time on, the number of foreign people who came to Ajahn Chah began to steadily increase.
In 1977, Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho were invited to visit Britain by the English Sangha Trust, a charity with the aim of establishing a locally-resident Buddhist Sangha. Seeing the serious interest there, Ajahn Chah left Ajahn Sumedho (with two of his other Western disciples who were then visiting Europe) in London at the Hampstead Vihara. He returned to Britain in 1979, at which time the monks were leaving London to begin Chithurst Buddhist Monastery in Sussex. He then went on to America and Canada to visit and teach.
Although Ajahn Chah passed away in 1992, the training which he established is still carried on at Wat Nong Pah Pong and its branch monasteries, of which there are currently more than two hundred in Thailand.
Wisdom is a way of living and being, and Ajahn Chah has endeavored to preserve the simple monastic life-style in order that people may study and practice the Dhamma in the present day.
15 & 16 December 2018
7.00 am – 7.35 pm
SJK (C) Puay Chai 2
Jalan BU3/1, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Dhamma Talks by Monastics
LP Liem **
LP Tiradhammo *
LP Jundee **
LP Piak **
Ajahn Nyanadhammo *
Ajahn Jayasaro *
Ajahn Kalyano *
Ajahn Chandako *