Phra Ajahn Mun Bhuridatta Mahathera

Co-Founder of the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravada Buddhism

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Phra Ajahn Mun Bhuridatta Mahathera

Phra Ajahn ("Venerable Teacher") Mun Bhuridatta Mahathera ("Great Elder"), 1870-1949, was a Thai bhikkhu (Buddhist Monk) of Lao descent who is credited with co-founding the extremely influential reformist Thai Forest Tradition along with his mentor Phra Ajahn Sao Kantasīlo Mahathera. Feeling that the customary Buddhist practices in Thailand at the time had little to offer, he joined the reformist Dhammayut order taking Ajahn Sao (a student of Prince Monkut who was a Dhammayut monk for twenty-seven years before ascending to the Thai throne as Rama IV) as his preceptor.[1][2] His influence on Buddhism in Thailad and beyond is difficult to quantify yet even more difficult to overstate.

Major events in Ajahn Mun's life and beyond: [3]

Ajahn Mun was an extremely solitary, publicity-avoding individual living in remote areas of Thailand with primitive technology. As a result, few transcriptions and no recordings of his teaching are available. Considering this, the propagation of his profound influence on Buddhism, and indirect influence on modern psychology, has been nothing short of miraculous.

Read some of Ajahn Mun's few transcribed teachings at Access to Insight.

Once we see through inconstancy, the mind-source stops creating issues. All that remains is the primal mind, true and unchanging. Knowing the mind-source brings release from all worry and error. If you go out to the mind-ends, you're immediately wrong.

— Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Mahathera, The Ballad of Liberation from the Khandhas

[1] Mun Bhuridatta, Wikipedia

[2] The Customs of the Noble Ones by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

[3] Acariya Maha Boowa (2003), Acariya Mun Bhuridatta: A Spiritual Biography, Wat Pa Baan Taad, Baan Taad, Ampher Meuang, Udorn Thani, Thailand.