Ajahn Buddhadasa worked painstakingly to establish and explain the correct and essential principles of what he called “pristine Buddhism,” that is, the original. Ajahn Buddhadasa grew up during a time of great change in Thai society, as aggressive western “civilization” and imperialism made deep inroads. This change. At the beginning of Suan Mokkh, Ajahn Buddhadasa sought a clear map of Dhamma practice. Using the “graduated training” outlined in three important Suttas.

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His approach was always scientific, straight-forward, and practical. His goal was to produce a complete set of references for present and future research and practice.

Thai Inter-Religious Commission for Development, Buddhadasa a [], “The essential points of the Buddhist teachings”, Heart-wood from the Bo tree. The final stroke occured as he was preparing notes for a talk to be given on his birthday in two days 27 May.

Then he taught whatever he could say truly quenches dukkha dissatisfaction, suffering. For example, Bhikkhu Bodhi states that Buddhadasa’s approach of jettisoning the rebirth doctrine “would virtually reduce the Dhamma to tatters His books, both written and transcribed from talks, fill a room at buvdhadasa National Library and influence all serious Thai Buddhists in Siam.

Bio of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Cited in Payulpitack, He sought to unite all genuinely religious buddhhadasa in order to work together to help, as he put it, “drag humanity out from under the power of materialism. His last project was to establish an International Dhamma Hermitage. It is by relinquising the notion of “I” and “mine” that selfish clinging is abandoned, and Nirvana or true emptiness will be reached.

This aiahn to Suan Mokkh is intended to provide facilities for:.


Suan Mokkh carries on in the hearts and actions of all those who have been inspired and guided by his example and words.

Ajahj interpretations of the Buddhist tradition inspired such persons as the French-schooled Pridi Banomyongleader of the Siamese revolution ofand a group of Thai social activists and artists of the 20th century. His ability to explain complex philosophical and religious ideas in his native Southern Thai attracted many people to his wooded retreat.


State University of New York Press. Ajarn Buddhadasa died in after a series of heart attacks and strokes that he kept bouncing back from in order to teach. However, his personal practice was very much grounded in advanced research and interpretation of early Pali texts on the one hand and on his radical private experimentation on the other. After a few years of study in Bangkok, which convinced him “purity is not to be found in the big city,” he was inspired to live auahn with nature in order to investigate the Buddahdasa.

His work was based in buxdhadasa research of the Pali texts Canon and commentaryespecially of the Buddha’s Discourses Sutta Pitakafollowed by personal experiment and practice with these teachings.

This addition to Suan Mokkh is intended to provide facilities for: Buddhadasa rejected the traditional rebirth buddhadasq karma doctrine, since he thought it to be incompatible with sunyataand not conductive to the extinction of dukkha.

Although his formal education only went as far as ninth grade and beginning Pali studies, he was given five Honorary Doctorates by Thai universities.

His books can be found in bookstores around the country and are favorites as gifts at cremations.

His books, budshadasa written and transcribed from talks, fill many shelves at the National Library and influence all serious Thai Buddhists in Siam. It now functions under the name “Daun Kiam” or Suan Atammayatarama.

Progressive elements in Thai society, especially the young, were inspired by his teaching and selfless example. His primary teaching mainly focused on the quiet awareness of one’s breathing pattern called anapanasati.


Retrieved 6 July At that time, it was the only forest Dhamma Center and one of the few places dedicated to vipassana meditation in Southern Thailand. A Buddhist Thinker for the Modern World.

The final stroke occurred as he was preparing notes for a buddhaasa to be given on his buddhqdasa in two days 27 May. His goal was to produce a complete set of references for present and future research and practice. Therefore, states Buddhadasa, “the whole question of rebirth has nothing to do with Buddhism Word of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, his work, and Suan Mokkh spread over the years so that they are easily described as “one of the most influential events of Buddhist history in Siam.

Since the ‘s, activists and thinkers in areas such as education, ecology, social welfare, traditonal medicine, and rural development have drawn upon his teaching and advice.

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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He held talks with buddjadasa scholars and clergy of various faiths. His aim in these discussions was to probe the similarities at the heart of each of the major world religions.

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