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 books, both written and transcribed from talks, fill a room at the National Library and influence all serious Thai Buddhists in Siam. TheravadaMaha Nikaya.

His ability to explain complex philosophical and religious ideas in his native Southern Thai attracted many people to budhdadasa wooded retreat. His books can be found in bookstores around the country and are favorites as gifts at cremations. He held talks with leading scholars and clergy of various faiths. Courses that introduce foreigners to correct understanding of Buddhist principles and practice. His approach was always scientific, straight-forward, and practical.

This addition to Suan Mokkh is intended to provide facilities for:. He also left instructions for a small monastery in which foreign monks may train as Dhamma-duta Dhamma missionaries. Suan Mokkh is not so much a physical place as it is the space of liberation that we all must discover buddhadaa this very life.

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

Buddhadasa explains paticcasamupadda as the “birth” of “I” and mine through sense-contact with objects, and the resulting vedana “feeling”tanha buddgadasa craving and upadana clinging. ajahj


Bio of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

His goal was to produce a complete set of references for present and future research and practice. For example, Bhikkhu Bodhi states that Buddhadasa’s approach of jettisoning the rebirth doctrine “would virtually reduce the Dhamma to tatters However, his personal practice was very much grounded in advanced research and interpretation of ajaun Pali texts on the one hand and on his radical private experimentation on the other.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This addition to Suan Mokkh is intended to provide facilities for: Buddhadasa’s writings, for example, decidedly contrast with the scholastic and highly influential Visuddhimagga of Buddhaghosa.

Ajahn Buddhadasa

He sought to unite all genuinely religious people in order to work together to help, as he put it, “drag humanity out from under the power of materialism. Progressive elements in Thai society, especially the young, were inspired by his teaching and selfless example.

His aim in these discussions was to probe the similarities at the heart of each of the major world religions. Buddhadasa renounced civilian life in Since the ‘s, activists and thinkers in areas such as education, ecology, social welfare, and rural development have drawn upon his teaching and advice. He was born Nguam Phanit Thai: In other projects Wikimedia Commons. A similar facility for nuns, Thai and foreign, awaits the women who will make it happen.

Thai Inter-Religious Commission for Development, 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.

Ajahn Buddhadasa worked painstakingly to establish and explain the correct and essential principles of what he called “pristine Buddhism,” that is, the original realization of the Lord Buddha before it was buried under commentaries, ritualism, clerical politics, and the like. From the earliest period of his religious studies, Buddhadasa utilized a comparative approach and sought to be able to explain “Buddhist’s teachings through other thought systems such as Taoism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Jainism and Natural Science.


Retrieved 6 July His approach was always scientific, straight-forward, and practical. This page was last edited on 21 Augustat Religious scholar Donald K. His primary teaching mainly focused on the quiet awareness of one’s breathing pattern called anapanasati. However, Buddhadasa was skeptical of his fame; when reflecting on the busloads of visitors to Suan Mokkh he would say, “sometimes I think many of these people just stop here because they have to visit the bathroom.

Selected Essays of Bhikkhu Buddhadasa.

At that time, it was the only forest Dhamma Center and one of the few places dedicated to vipassana meditation in Southern Thailand. It now functions under the name “Daun Kiam” or Suan Atammayatarama. Ajahb dissertations are still being written about him and his legacy. Thus, the phrase “No religion!

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”.

Before his death inhe established an International Dhamma Hermitage Center across the highway from his own retreat to aid in the teaching of Buddhism and other yogic practices to international students.