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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However, his personal practice was very much grounded in advanced research and interpretation budddhadasa early Pali texts on the one hand and on his radical private experimentation on the other.

Currently, we live with a certain longing for past times while entertaining expectations about the future, and this, they say, is the way it must be His approach was always straightforward and practical, yet offbeat in the best sense of the word.

Then he taught what he had learned to truly quench dukkha dissatisfaction, suffering. 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. Similarly, he did his best to guide Suan Bhjkkhu as a cooperative enterprise. The Thai language is rich in terms for desire, probably since much of Buddhist contemplation relates to subtle distinctions of desire.

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Buddhadasa’s interpretations of the Buddhist tradition inspired such persons as the Budehadasa Pridi Banomyongleader of the Siamese revolution ofand a group of Thai social activists and artists of the 20th century. Those who live closely and observantly with nature understand this. As a prominent teacher with nuddhadasa teachers and educators among his followers, he set out to do everything in his power to foster right understanding of Buddha-Dhamma.


The celebration of the coming of the New Year concerns people from all walks of life. He was ordained at the age of twenty in and was given the ordination name Indapanno Wisdom of Indraand byhe had followed his inclinations to be closer to the forest and established Suan Mokkhabalarama The Grove of the Power of Liberation near his hometown of Phum Riang now in Chaiya, Suratthani.

The final stroke occured as he was preparing notes for a talk to be given on his birthday in two days 27 May. The charges were proven to be untenable, but the threat was clear. Allying Buddhism with a particular, non-Marxist socialist understanding helped to create social cover and a certain amount of protection for people who were advocating nonviolent progressive change. Retrieved 6 July Suan Mokkh carries on in the hearts and actions of all those who have been inspired and guided by his example and words.

This is where we can most clearly see how he himself practiced the principles of Dhammic Socialism. Doctoral dissertations are still being written about him and his legacy.

Bio of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

He held talks with leading scholars and clergy of various faiths. His work was based in extensive research of the Pali texts Canon and commentaryespecially of the Buddha’s Discourses Sutta Pitakafollowed by personal experiment and practice with these teachings.

His ability to explain complex philosophical and religious ideas in his native Southern Thai attracted many people to his wooded retreat. Although they may say there is Buddhism, Judaism, Taoism, Islam, or whatever, they will also say that all religions are inwardly the same.

Messages from Suan Mokkh series 2.

Reality is the interdependence of body and mind, group and individual, and so on. He often employed seemingly harsh terms and rather vulgar pronouns to refer to different states of mind. His work is based on extensive research of the Pali texts, especially the Discourses Sutta Pitakafollowed by personal experiment and practice with these teachings. Translated from the Thai by Santikaro.


Commonly Misunderstood Buddhist Principles series 1. Buddhadasa, states John Powers — a professor of Asian Studies and Buddhism, offered a “rationalist interpretation” and called “the whole question of rebirth to be foolish”. Thus, he described a socialism that is primarily a moral system based in spirituality.


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. The following are some of his well-known books in English translation. Typical of young monks during the time, he traveled to the capital, Bangkokfor doctrinal training but found the wats there dirty, crowded, and, most troubling to him, the burdhadasa corrupt, “preoccupied with prestige, position, and comfort with little interest in buddhadassa highest ideals of Buddhism.

Among these, Sulak Sivaraksa and his students were prominent. People chose the work they wanted to do and he advised them on how to go about it as Hbikkhu practice. A similar facility for nuns, Thai and foreign, awaits the women who will make it happen. Most of the monks involved in nature conservation and community development have received inspiration from his brave approach to Buddhism.

The most prominent forms of socialism at that time, and probably still today, were materialist visions of socialism. The final stroke occurred as he buddhxdasa preparing notes for a talk to be given on his birthday in two days May 27th.