“Big Baba” Black Buddha



  Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee

( Arjarasupoh )


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Biography - Section IX


  Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee

( Arjarasupoh )

(January 2014)


Section IX:  What Others Have Said About Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh)




“As I get to know him, he always has a cheerful feeling and thinks positively.  Regardless of the situation, he adjusts accordingly with mindfulness and an attitude that it’s all ok. In the midst of it all, he is always humorous, joyful, and open to all who come to see him.”  (Pat T., Restaurant Owner, U.S.A.)

“Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee is a meditation master who is profoundly committed to awaken people to the wisdom of the Dhamma.  He wisely brings deeply held conditioning into plain view, to coax reflection, while offering healing advice on daily life.  He emphasizes the importance of being relaxed, forgoing unnecessary worries, and bringing happiness into our lives.”  (Brenda W., Lawyer, U.S.A.)



“Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee is a highly respected Thai meditation teacher, healer, and chief disciple of Luang Por Jumnian, one of the great Forest Masters of our times.  He is a living example of the BUDDHA's teachings, always happy to help ease people's suffering whenever possible.  He has worked tirelessly to rebuild, in harmony with many people of different nationalities, several of the Holy Sites in India for the first time in hundreds of years.  Phra Ajahn Withoon is indeed a remarkable monk, filled with kindness, joy, energy, wisdom, and generosity.  (Ronna K., Psychologist, U.S.A.)

“I just happened to be walking in Panther Meadows upon Mt. Shasta one day and was met by Big Baba.  It was a lucky, lucky day!!  I am changed as a result of meeting him and the blessing it has been to be around him.  My full appreciation and respect to Big Baba!!”  (Kaylene W., University Professor, U.S.A.)



Taking Tea with a Buddhist Monk

Published on September 8, 2013 by gayle in Inspirational.  (Thank you, Gayle, for letting us use this.)

If I knew then what I know now, I’d be saying it differently!

When was the “then?”  Two weeks ago:  August 24, 2013.

What was the “it?”  That part about positive thinking.

What is the “difference?”  Taking tea with a Buddhist Monk in Mt. Shasta.

Two days before serendipitously sipping tea with a Master Monk, I had been a guest on Dr. and Alexandra Rusu’s weekly radio show about different aspects of healing.

Somewhere in the conversation the subject of positive thinking arose.  In case there were others listening who have been diagnosed as terminal, I wanted to make it clear that having negative thoughts is OKAY!  How could it be otherwise?  It is quite appropriate when looking your mortality up and down that you stamp your feet up and down.  But I’m not sure I made it clear that one must not get mired in the negativity.

Not that I do, or at least I didn’t think I did, but the Monk told me to think positive.  He also told me what was causing my cancer.  He told Mike’s daughter, Elise, about a problem she was having with two people and how to solve the problem, and he told Mike, my husband, how best to communicate with his daughter and with me.

All of this by itself isn’t anything to write home about, except the Monk had never seen us before, nor had we had time to have a conversation with the man, and earlier in the morning the three of us had discussed Elise’s problem and how I most need Mike to communicate with me.  The monk was 100% accurate in everything he said.

He didn’t tell me what was causing my cancer, however, until I asked him if I could possibly live through it.  He did not say yes or no, but he told me the cause and then he performed a healing on me.

After he had finished, he looked deep into my eyes and said, “You are okay now.  Be happy, happy, happy!  Be positive.”


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Big Baba
Be Happy, Happy, Happy!

If you read my last post, you know that my cancer had started growing again, and chemo was stopped to give my body a chance to build its strength for a possible Plan B.  (I guess I didn’t have the most positive outlook after hearing the news.)

Yet, when the San Francisco oncologist examined me two days later, he told me the CAT scan showed the cancer to be stable, and he couldn’t find the nodule.  Neither could I.  And since then, neither could my Redding oncologist who KNOWS it was there!  He said it was about the size of a walnut.  It seems to be inexplicable.

When I asked my “if-I-can’t-see-it, I-don’t-believe-it” husband if what had happened opened any possibility in his mind that there might be something more in Heaven and Earth than we know about, he assured me it did not.  But then he did say, “It does blow my mind, however.”  Then the morning after my oncologist appointment in San Francisco, he did tell me, “Maybe I’ll become a Buddhist.”  Ha!

Who knows what is going on in my body.  Or any of our bodies.

But there is one thing I do know:  I am staying positive.  Not to the extent that I deny or cover up any negative emotions that arise.  But to the extent that I tell the truth:  I am okay!

And so are you!




“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”  GAUTAMA BUDDHA