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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 books can be found in bookstores around the country and are favorites as gifts at cremations. Ajarn Buddhadasa died in after a series of heart attacks and strokes that he kept bouncing back from in order buddhadas teach.

This page was last edited on 21 Augustat Religious scholar Donald K.

Retrieved 6 July Due to his integrity as a monk and teacher such perspectives could not be ignored. Commonly Misunderstood Buddhist Principles series 1. His books, both written and transcribed from talks, fill a room at the National Library and influence all serious Thai Buddhists in Siam.

First electronic edition, October In the end, these efforts failed and he bhikkkhu returned to Suan Mokkh and passed away in the forest he loved. Buddhadasa Bhikkhu also made a distinction between two levels of language needed to discuss ordinary concepts and concepts related to the higher points of the Dhamma: This interest bhikkhy practical rather than scholarly.

Most of the monks involved in nature conservation and community development were inspired by him.

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 Burdhadasa. And then Buddhadasa cut to the chase: Its goal is nibbanawhich Buddhadasa describes as a state “beyond all suffering that also transcends ordinary conceptions of happiness.

Nature can be tough — foolishness and clinging buddhadxsa in suffering. A collection of 12 teachings published on the occasion of Tan Ajahn’s th anniversary: It is by relinquising the notion of “I” and “mine” that selfish clinging is abandoned, and Nirvana or true emptiness will be reached. His approach was always straightforward and practical, yet offbeat in the best sense of the word. 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 close with nature in order to investigate the Buddha-Dhamma.


Because nature and natural law are inherent in his understanding of Dhamma and Dhammic Socialism, Suan Mokkh places an emphasis on intimacy with nature.

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu and His Practice of Dhammic Socialism

Although they may say there is Buddhism, Judaism, Taoism, Islam, or whatever, they will also say that all religions are inwardly the same. Thai Inter-Religious Commission for Development, Today, I would like to talk with you concerning the question: Moksha holds the sense of ‘shedding ones skin. Buddhadasa enjoyed maintaining simplicity and in a genuinely humble, Zen-like manner was said to reply: Then he taught what he had learned to truly quench dukkha dissatisfaction, suffering.

Retrieved from ” https: Then he taught whatever he could say truly quenches dukkha dissatisfaction, suffering. Until the end of his life, when other people began taking over, construction was kept to a minimum and the food was simple. Buddhadasa renounced bhikkhh life in His aim in these discussions was to probe the similarities at the heart of each of the major world religions. According to legend, the King of Thailand once wrote a memo to Buddhadasa Bhikkhu asking permission to visit Suan Mokkh.

Given the accompanying retinue and security, this visit would be complex.

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Messages from Suan Mokkh series buddhadas. Getting started in mindfulness with breathing: He provided the link between the scriptural tradition and engaged buddhist practice today.

Where is Suan Mokkh? To convert or not to convert is a meaningless issue Some disciples of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu maintain, however, that he was a servant of no one.


It is not too surprising then that after a few years of study in the burgeoning city of Bangkok Buddhadasa Bhikkhu became convinced that purity was not to be found in the big city. There is no Buddhism; there is no Christianity; there is no Bhikkh.


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. His bhikkhh was to produce a complete set of references for present and future research and practice. Swearer has compared Buddhadasa to the early Indian philosopher Nagarjuna[12] and the 5th-century south Indian scholar Buddhaghosa who has “overshadowed the development of Theravada Buddhist thought” buddhasasa southeast Asia.

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu and His Practice of Dhammic Socialism by Santikaro – Suan Mokkh

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

The final stroke occurred as he was preparing notes for a talk to be given on his birthday in two days May 27th. 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.

Translated from the Thai by Santikaro Bhikkhu. He pointed out that nature is a cooperative: Word has it, sensing the end, he hung up his keys and retired for the evening, and then the major stroke occurred. He was born Nguam Phanit Thai: