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Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (Servant of the Buddha) went forth as a bhikkhu (Buddhist monk) in , at the age of twenty. After a few years of study in Bangkok, which . THE VENERABLE Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, who passed away at the age of eighty- seven on July 8, , was perhaps the best-known and most controversial Thai . Ajahn Buddhadasa (–93) is perhaps the most influential Buddhist teacher in the history of Thailand. In he founded Suan.

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His ability to explain complex philosophical and religious ideas in his native Southern Thai attracted many people to his wooded retreat. At that same time in August he made the following vow: A collection of 12 teachings published on the occasion of Tan Ajahn’s th anniversary: Since the s, activists and thinkers in areas such as education, ecology, social welfare, and rural development have drawn upon his teaching and advice. To lead the world out of materialism.

Among these, Sulak Sivaraksa and his students were prominent. Buddharasa disciples of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu maintain, however, that he bhikkhh a servant of no one.

Soldiers raped female students, including high school students, with bayonets and rifles. Progressive elements in Thai society, especially the young, have been inspired by his teachings and selflessness.

We should not follow blindly the kamma teachings of other religions; if we do, we will spin around pitifully according to kamma without being able to get beyond its power or realize its end.

Bio of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Translated from bhikihu Thai by Tanya Brockelman. At Suan Mokkh, most of the talks, ceremonies, and other activities were outdoors. The following are some of his well-known books in English translation. Two talks given in January to students at Thammasat University, Bangkok.


He sought to unite all genuinely religious people in order to work together to help, as he put it, “drag humanity bhikkhi from under the power of materialism. If you get any benefits from Buddhism, you will become a Buddhist automatically, whether or not you go through a conversion ceremony. The final stroke occured as bkddhadasa was preparing notes for a talk to be given on his birthday in two days 27 May. First published together as Bodhi LeavesNo. Because our lives are inseparable from it and happen according to it.


The Sangha in Thailand has honored him with other ranks, but he continued to be known as Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. Thus, he described a socialism that is primarily a moral system based in spirituality. Although his formal education only went as far as the ninth grade and the beginning levels of Pali studies, five honorary doctorates from Thai universities have been bestowed upon this monk.

Since everything is Dhamma; there is nothing that is not Dhamma. He was one of the few religious figures the left felt they could talk with, and he had honest discussions with both sides.

What benefits will we receive from studying Dhamma? He also left instructions for a small monastery in which foreign monks may train as Dhamma-duta Dhamma missionaries. To be more precise, we can say that life is actually a stream of kamma Suan Mokkh carries on in the hearts and actions of all those who have been inspired and guided by his example and words. Courses which introduce foreigners to the correct understanding of Buddhist principles and practice; Meetings among Buddhists from around the world to establish and agree upon the “heart of Buddhism”; Meetings of leaders from all religions for the sake of making mutual good understanding and cooperating to drag the world out from under the tyranny of materialism.

Nature can be tough — foolishness and clinging results in suffering.

Ajahn Buddhadasa

The celebration of the coming of the New Year concerns people from all walks of life. Buddhadasa developed a personal view that those who have penetrated the essential nature of religions consider “all religions to be inwardly the same”, while those who have the highest understanding of dhamma feel “there is no religion”.

Ajahn Buddhadasa worked painstakingly to establish and explain the correct and essential principles of what he called “pristine Buddhism,” that is, the original buddhadasx of the Lord Buddha before it was buried under commentaries, ritualism, clerical politics, and the like. I bestow this life and body to the Buddha. Through the 60s, Thailand had been pulled into the geo-political mess of which the Vietnam War was the major buddhadasx.


On the other hand, he could be tough, which was in line with his view of nature. Although they may say there is Buddhism, Judaism, Taoism, Islam, or whatever, they will also say that all religions are inwardly the same. State University of New York Press.

This notion of socialism arises from the core perspective that Dhamma is nature and nature is Dhamma — inseparably. Nonetheless, the thousand mile journey always begins and continues with just this step. Previously, he did so primarily in terms of democracy, which was not the Thai system of government. I am hoping buddhadass this talk will help you gain some special knowledge about both Dhamma and skillful ways of speaking.

His primary teaching mainly focused on the quiet awareness of one’s breathing pattern called anapanasati. His books, both written bhi,khu transcribed from talks, fill a room at the National Library and influence all serious Thai Buddhists in Siam. To convert or not to buddharasa is a meaningless issue This is where we can most clearly see how he himself practiced the principles of Dhammic Socialism.

A capitalist version of cooperatives was promoted in Thailand by German experts while Marxists introduced another. Many of the organizers and workers were directly inspired or influenced by bhlkkhu — the only major Buddhist teacher of the time who thought seriously and spoke out about social issues and politics. Its goal is nibbanawhich Buddhadasa describes as a state “beyond all suffering that also transcends ordinary conceptions of happiness.