“Big Baba” Black Buddha

  

   

Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee

( Arjarasupoh )

 

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“Big Baba” BLACK BUDDHA

Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee

( Arjarasupoh )

  (January 2014)

 

 

Music

 

Here is some nice music to listen to while you discover more about Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh): 

 

·       Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta with Translation - เพลง ธัมมจักกัปปวัตตนสูตร แปลhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyExvdY5tFs&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

 

·       Chinapancara Gatha - เพลงพระคาถาชินบัญชร:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URCwAvn0fUs&app=desktop.

 

·       Very Beautiful Recording of Chinapancara Gatha - บทสวดพระคาถาชินบัญชรเพราะมากhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBcZhRvScYg&app=desktop.

 

·       A Very Beautiful Recording of Chinapancara Gatha with Translation - บทสวดพระคาถาชินบัญชรพร้อมแปลเพราะากhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fU2BV-75d4&app=desktop.

 

·       Prayer for Help to the BUDDHA Metta Song 1.

 

·       Paying Respect to Lp Jumnian for His Loving-Kindness Song 2.

 

·       Prayer of Thanks to Spirit and All Devas for Supporting All of Life Song 3.

 

·       Chayamongkol Gatha/The BUDDHA’s Victory with Thai Subtitle - ชัยมงคลคาถา พาหุงมหากา ซับภาษาไทยhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G61PfF9pErQ.

 

·       Mangala Sutta in Pali - มงคลสูตร ภาษาอินเดียhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvC7VZzQxXo&feature=related&app=desktop.

 

·       Thai Buddhist Prayer Set To Musichttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFPD3X_O1xo.

 

·       Morning Chanting Part 1 (Thai)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR4GjRRIjaw.

 

·       Morning Chanting Part 2 (Thai)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Gk2Ie_TSs4.

 

·       Metta Song - Imee Ooi (Lyrics in Pali & English)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6wDNE75YB8.

 

Note:  Thank you to the Internet Artists and Individuals who created and produced this music so that all people could be happy and enjoy the music.

 

Preface

 

This is the Biography of “Big Baba,” a Buddhist monk from Thailand.  His name is Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee (Arjarasupoh); he goes by the nickname Big Baba or Bigbaba or BIGBABA.  “Big Baba” is widely known and sought after in Thailand, internationally, and in the U.S.A. for his Dhamma teaching and subconscious transformative abilities.  He also is recognized for his administrative, project management, and project development skills. 

 

You often can hear Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) saying, “Don’t worry.  No problem.  Be happy.” as well as “Try to think positive things at all times.”

 

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) is an eminent Vipassana meditation teacher and a Theravada Buddhist monk (July 7, 1979 to present).  He has studied the tradition of Theravada Buddhism with his Master Luang Por Jumnian for over 30 years.

 

Luang Por Jumnian Seelasettho is one of the most highly revered meditation masters in the Theravada tradition.  Luang Por Jumnian teaches many methods of Vipassana meditation.  The detailed story of Luang Por Jumnian is highlighted in this Biography. 

 

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) was the first official Abbot of Wat Tham Sua (Tiger’s Cave Monastery), Krabi, Thailand.  Currently, he has two meditation centers in Thailand:  Thalaythip La-Ong Manee Meditation Center and Suanpa Thipmongkol Seangtham Meditation Center. 

 

During a pilgrimage to India in 2005 with Luang Por Jumnian and Phra Ajahn Ngam, Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh (Big Baba) was inspired by his visit to the BLACK BUDDHA image in the village of Baragaon near the ancient site of Nalanda University.  He envisioned a plan for providing more comfortable road access and parking for pilgrims, toilet facilities, solar generated energy, a drinking water system for the pilgrims and local community, a temple for the BLACK BUDDHA, and a marble clad temple.  He continues to be successful in this regard.

 

The full description of his vision for current and future improvement projects is described in this Biography:  the BLACK BUDDHA Project, the Venuvan Vihara Bamboo Forest Project, the Maha Kassapa Vihara Silao Project, the Muchilinda Pond Project, and the Uruvela Kassapa Place Project.

 

This Biography also contains sections that acknowledge what others have said about Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh); provide his location, phone, and email; suggest some pictures and videos of and from Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) that you might like to see; and provide some links about the BUDDHA, Buddhism, and monastic life that you might find interesting. 

 

At the end of the Biography, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) gives a blessing and wishes happiness to all of his friends around the world.  Then, the Biography ends with gratitude to the BUDDHA, the Dhamma, and the Sangha!!!

 

Note:  If you would like to continue to follow "Big Baba" (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh), his teachings, his Dhamma tours, his invitation schedule to various locations around the world, and the development of his projects in India and elsewhere, please see his Facebook page, which will be updated periodically:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bigbaba-Black-Buddha/431488950205723?id=431488950205723&sk=photos_stream.  Also, search YouTube for "Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee”.

 

Section I:  Introducing “Big Baba” BLACK BUDDHA (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh)

 

“Big Baba” is a Buddhist monk from Thailand.  His name is Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee (Arjarasupoh); he goes by the nickname Big Baba.  Big Baba (also spelled Bigbaba or BIGBABA) is a term of respect and endearment from the local Indian people of Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, Bihar, and the Bihar Government in India.  Arjarasupoh (also spelled Ajarasupoh) is his Buddhist name.  Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee is his Thai family name.

 

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The BLACK BUDDHA of Nalanda

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh)

 

“Big Baba” (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) is widely known and sought after in Thailand, internationally, and in the U.S.A. for his Dhamma teaching and subconscious transformative abilities.  He also is recognized for his administrative, project management, and project development skills.  He has vast experience in planning and executing projects including international Buddhist Dhamma teaching tours and major construction projects, wherein he is capable of marshaling human and financial resources to accomplish these goals.  In addition, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) has demonstrated his skills in conflict resolution, his understanding of cross-national cultural diversity, his understanding and uplifting capacity for subconscious issues, his administrative talents, and his desire to help others with loving-kindness and a compassionate heart, all of which have contributed to his success in key undertakings.

 

Section II:  Some of Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) Favorite Quotes and Dhamma Teachings

 

“Don’t worry.  No problem.  Be happy.”  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh)

 

“When the mind sees the truth there is nothing outside the truth.”  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh)

 

“Everything in the world is possible.”  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh)

 

“Everything can change.”  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh)

 

“All the time, the sun shines around the world…be happy!!!”  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh)

 

“Try to think positive things at all times.”  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh)

 

“When you’re happy, it feels easy.”  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh)

 

The path to success in life consists of 9 steps:  (1) mindfulness, (2) concentration, (3) wisdom, (4) true point and subject, (5) true time, (6) true place, (7) true rhythm of the system, (8) true person, and (9) true faith in good destiny.  The Middle Way consists of steps 1-9.”  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh)

 

"Emptiness cannot be planned."  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh)

 

“Competing to win will end in losing.”  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh)

 

“Whenever darkness meets gleaming light, that darkness will instantly disappear…without a trace!”  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh)

 

“Where does the brightness come from?  It appears out of darkness.  Light cannot exist without darkness.  They are inseparable.  Just as the coming of light sheds the darkness, happiness breaks through the shadow of unhappiness.”  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh)

  

BLACK BUDDHA Road in Nalanda, Bihar, India - Beginning the Process:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHMpwmmN3IE.

 

Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) YouTube Video about Building a Road to the BLACK BUDDHA Entitled หลวงพ่อองค์ดำ นาลันทา อินเดีย in the Thai or Siamese Language:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30WBUYbO4AM.

 

Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) Renovation and Development in Wat Venuvan, India:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJicAD5_mko.

 

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) Working on Projects in Venuvan, Rajgir, Bihar, India:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SR-qI_8pAQ.

 

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) Speaking in Suanpa Thipmongkol Seangtham, Ratchaburee Meditation Center:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0WainN5v9U.

 

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) at the Royal Thai Temple with Bhikkus Sangha in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g8ohLsgLm8&feature=youtu.be.

 

Sariputta World Peace Walk:  http://nalanda-onthemove.blogspot.com/2010/11/peace-walk-today.html?m=1.

 

Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh Walking Looking Taking Seeing to Clear the Mind:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erQAjpGV288&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

  

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) Walking Meditation:  https://picasaweb.google.com/117259020015275596596/BigBabaPhraAjahnWithoonPutameeShasta201308?noredirect=1#5927021424268418162.

 

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) Walking Meditation on Mt. Shasta:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw_oumOYsPg&feature=c4-feed-u&app=desktop.

 

Indian People Offer Food to Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) and Sangha.

 

Thai Forest Monk Tradition:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCJi3u_KmQQ.  (Thank you to Facundo Soares Gache for sharing this video on YouTube.)

 

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) Feeding the Chipmunks:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2ySzQ4oWHmqRDFZS1p0NWlKVmM/edit?usp=sharing.

 

Pure Nature Makes the Mind Feel Peace and Freedom:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed383vI0-yg&feature=youtu.be.

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) in Seattle with Singing Bowls.

 

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) Talks in Seattle at Melanie’s (2013):  Talk 1, Talk 2, Talk 3, Talk 4, Talk 5, and Talk 6.

 

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) at Mt. Shasta (2013):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fuAqBY4oYI.

 

Wave of Sea Water Continues Circulating Around and the Action Never Stops:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7gOqSAhn2g.

 

Section III:  Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) History and Background

 

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) is an eminent Vipassana meditation teacher and a Theravada Buddhist monk (July 7, 1979 to present).  He has studied the tradition of Theravada Buddhism with his Master Luang Por Jumnian for over 30 years.  Theravada Buddhism is based on the religious movement founded in the 6th century BC by Siddhartha, later known as the BUDDHA.  The BUDDHA urged the world to relinquish the extremes of sensuality and self-mortification/self-loathing and follow the enlightened Middle Way.  The focus of this religion is on man, not gods.  The assumption is that a characteristic of life is its unsatisfactoriness and suffering, which is a consequence of craving, and that suffering can end only if desire ceases.  The end of suffering is the achievement of nirvana (in Theravada Buddhist scriptures, nibbana), often defined as the absence of craving and therefore of suffering, sometimes as enlightenment or bliss.  (Source:  Wikipedia)

 

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) was born on August 24, 1958 in Nakomsrithammarat, Thailand.  He studied political science, and speaks Thai and English.  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) was ordained as a monk when he was 20.  He was located at Wat Tham Sua (Tiger’s Cave Monastery) from 1979-1999 and Thalaythip La-Ong Manee Meditation Center from 1999-present, both in Thailand.  His practice and discipline as a monk have included accompanying his Master Luang Por Jumnian for over 30 years on extensive annual international Dhamma teaching tours.  In this capacity, he has been responsible for all interface with local cultures in places as diverse as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Bhutan, India, Europe, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, East and West coasts of the United States, Tibet, and China, among others.  His interest in other cultures includes cultivating his followers in the United States, where he regularly has visited with Dhamma tours for over 15 years.

 

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) was the first official Abbot of Wat Tham Sua (Tiger’s Cave Monastery), Krabi, Thailand.  Luang Por Jumnian initially established the temple on which the monastery was founded.  Wat Tham Sua includes a community of 250 monastic residents.  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) left that post to pursue his own practice, and agreed to be advisor to the successor Abbot at Wat Tham Sua while also performing his other duties.

(Wat Tham Sua’s location)

 

While at Wat Tham Sua, Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) key interests and talents were used specifically in developing large or complex building projects that honor his commitment to the Buddhadharma.  For example, he has been responsible for the following major construction projects:

·       He oversaw the building of a complex set of 1272 steep hillside steps over 750 meters leading to the top of the mountain which has a footprint of the BUDDHA.

·       He was responsible for clearing the land and laying the foundation for a large 90 meter tall Pagoda, currently under construction at Wat Tham Sua.

·       He planned and oversaw the installation of a key statue of Seevalee (one of the great disciples of the BUDDHA) which he designed and had cast to his specifications, and landscaped the surrounding garden.

·       He managed and supervised the construction of several other building projects in Wat Tham Sua including residential buildings and Luang Por Jumnian’s residence.

 

At Thalaythip La-Ong Manee Meditation Center, one of Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) meditation centers, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) also has orchestrated many important projects:

(Thalaythip La-Ong Manee’s location)

·       He founded Thalaythip La-Ong Manee Meditation Center based on substantial resources his followers offered him, including beautiful property by the sea in Southern Thailand.  In specific, he deeply wants to thank and express his gratitude to Mrs. Sujittra La-Ong Manee for contributing the land for the Meditation Center. 

·       He oversaw the design, planning, construction, and completion of the multi-building complex, including a large granite and marble clad Temple, numerous residential kutis, a large dormitory, and bathroom facilities that can accommodate hundreds of visitors at festival times. 

·       As part of his vision for integrating the meditation center with the surrounding community, and in keeping with his desire to promote benefits to the local residents, he engineered and oversaw the drilling of an extensive well and filtration system to provide drinking water to that community.

 

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) has a second meditation center called Suanpa Thipmongkol Seangtham Meditation Center in Ratchaburee, Thailand.  At this meditation center, he has built a special BUDDHA, a special Pagoda, and a building dedicated to meditation on land that was donated by Mrs. Sirion Seangsokeiam, and on adjacent land donated by Mrs. Rattana Yuttagraichaisri and Mr. Panupop Tangsomboon.  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) wishes to express his deepest gratitude and appreciation to these individuals.

(Click on the Thai script in the upper left-hand corner for Suanpa’s location)

 

In addition, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) has used his training to become adept at conflict resolution by using loving-kindness, compassion, and the Middle Way.  He is known among his large number of followers for his wise and pragmatic peacekeeping skills.  His phenomenal abilities in bringing people together to finance and complete projects that reflect these Dhamma teachings are evidence of his skills and commitment.

 

During a pilgrimage to India in 2005 with Luang Por Jumnian and Phra Ajahn Ngam, Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh (Big Baba) was inspired by his visit to the BLACK BUDDHA image in the village of Baragaon near the ancient site of Nalanda University.  He curtailed his pilgrimage and stayed instead for two and one half months with the local community, where he nourished a vision for the common benefit of the BLACK BUDDHA and the local community.  His vision encompassed a plan for providing more comfortable road access and parking for pilgrims, toilet facilities, solar generated energy, a drinking water system for the pilgrims and local community, a temple for the BLACK BUDDHA, and a marble clad temple already nearly completed as an expression of gratitude to the local community for the respect and reverence with which the image has been maintained for centuries.

 

Source:

 

Curriculum Vitae, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh), 2013.

 

Note:  A very special thank you to the Venerable Phra Promwachirayan (Member of the Sangha Supreme Council; Abbot of Yannawa Temple in Bangkok, Thailand; and the Executive Director of the Reinforced Concrete Road Project for the BLACK BUDDHA of Nalanda, Bihar, India) and to the Maha Bhikkus Sangha of Thailand.  Thank you to the Venerable Phra Thepbodhividet.  Thank you to the Venerable Phra Rajrattanarangsi (Head of the Dhammaduta Order in India-Nepal and Abbot of the Royal Thai Temple, Bodhgaya, Bihar, India).  Thank you to the Venerable Sanghasena in Ladakh and the Maha Bhikkus Sangha in India.  Thank you to Southeast Asia University in Bangkok, Thailand, Dr. Pitakpol Preechachart, Mr. Lertpon Atcharanun, Dr. Thanyathip Phattarapornpisitti, Mr. Weerasak Tullyaporn, Mrs. Grittiya (Meakaw), Mr. Chakkrit Seelacharoen, and Ms. Siddhini Kittisiddho.  Many special thanks to all of my supporters around the world.

 

Section IV:  Who Is Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) Master?

 

Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) Master’s name is Luang Por Jumnian Chonsakhorn (Seelasettho), also spelled Luang Por Jamnian, Jumnean, Jamnean, and Jumnien.  Luang Por Jumnian is revered in Thailand as a Master meditation teacher and peacemaker, having negotiated a lasting peace between the government and indigent communist insurgents in the South of Thailand that ended years of bloodshed and turmoil.  Luang Por Jumnian is widely known and beloved internationally for his tireless and deep Dhamma teachings, and his mastery of metta (loving-kindness) blessings in the United States, Europe, and Asia.  Here are some of his links:  

·       http://forestretreat.org/ajahn-jamnian/.

·       http://books.google.de/books?id=8InEkEp5FtEC&lpg=PP1&dq=living%20buddhist%20masters&pg=PA279#v=onepage&q&f=false.

·       http://forestretreat.org/ajahn-jamnian/teachings/.

·       http://www.amazon.com/Sons-Buddha-Early-Extraordinary-Masters/dp/0861715365.

 

Here are additional lovely and sweet pictures of Luang Por Jumnian and Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) both together:

·       https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=C96B3D6A5A2AA9BA&id=C96B3D6A5A2AA9BA%211406&sc=Photos&authkey=%21APEiFDXefOMpR3w#cid=C96B3D6A5A2AA9BA&id=C96B3D6A5A2AA9BA%211404&authkey=%21APEiFDXefOMpR3w.

·       https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=c96b3d6a5a2aa9ba&id=C96B3D6A5A2AA9BA%211416&Bsrc=SkyMail&Bpub=SDX.SkyDrive&sc=Photos&authkey=!AErO2MdkLAUgU2w.

·       https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=c96b3d6a5a2aa9ba&id=C96B3D6A5A2AA9BA%211435&Bsrc=SkyMail&Bpub=SDX.SkyDrive&sc=Photos&authkey=!AHjAAYkQ-zWjnWk.

 

Section V:  Detailed Story of Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) Master Luang Por Jumnian

 

Luang Por Jumnian Seelasettho is one of the most highly revered meditation masters in the Theravada tradition.  Luang Por is a Thai term which means “venerable father” and is used as a title of respect for senior Buddhist monastics. 

 

His wisdom, metta (loving-kindness), joyful presence, infectious laughter, and charismatic character are well known in Thailand and throughout the world.  He walks with a strong, confident gait and wears 30 kilos (about 66 pounds) of protective amulets around his chest.  Everyone is greeted as a friend, with warmth, affection, and a radiant smile.

 

Luang Por Jumnian teaches many methods of Vipassana meditation.  Each focuses on seeing and understanding the impersonal nature of the mind and body, which are constantly changing, unsatisfactory, and empty of self.  He encourages continuous investigation of desire, aversion, and delusion in the mind.  “Every situation that arises is an opportunity to practice insight so we can steer ourselves back to the Middle Path.”  Luang Por Jumnian sees meditation “as a living practice in which the development of insight must pervade every aspect of life, not just during hours devoted to formal meditation.” 

 

Luang Por Jumnian does all he can to alleviate suffering and awaken people to their own true nature.  He sees all beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, or ethnic background - including those who have tried to harm him - as pure consciousness and seekers of liberation. 

 

Luang Por Jumnian intuitively senses what each person needs, and offers whatever that person is most capable of receiving - blessings, loving-kindness, protective amulets, personal advice, or Dhamma teaching.  When disciples from all over the world contact him, Luang Por often will place his several phones on his chest so callers can hear Dhamma talks, chanting, or take the five precepts.  If you would like to see him, he is located in Wat Khao Lao, Wang Manao Paktho, Ratchaburee 70140.  His Thailand phone is +66-89-8756795 (089-8756795) or +66-84-5593485 (084-5593485).

(Wat Khao Lao’s location)

 

Luang Por Jumnian was born on May 1, 1936 in a rural village in Southern Thailand.  At the age of five, he began practicing meditation under the guidance of his parents, both of whom were accomplished practitioners.  His father, a local doctor, healer, and shaman trained his young son in herbal medicine, astrology, and shamanic practices.  His mother and blind step-grandfather both taught him by example how to generate non-discriminating loving-kindness.  All of these skills enabled Jumnian to spend his childhood serving and helping others.  By the time he was eight, people of all ages and stature sought his help for physical and emotional healing, and for his wisdom on topics ranging from inter-personal and community relations to national politics.

 

At age twenty, Jumnian ordained as a Buddhist monk and continued practicing meditation with great dedication.  One of his teachers, Luang Por Dhammadharo (Luang Por Yai), instructed him in the Four Foundations of Mindfulness according to the Satipatthana Sutta.  Luang Por Jumnian’s single-minded dedication to these practices led to a breakthrough in understanding.  The Four Foundations of Mindfulness, the Four Noble Truths, and the Seven Factors of Enlightenment, remain at the core of his Dhamma teachings. 

 

Note:  Thank you to Luang Por Jumnian’s students for translating and sharing these Dhamma teachings so lovingly: 

http://forestretreat.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/TheFourFoundationsOfMindfulness-eBook.pdf.

 

A significant part of Luang Por Jumnian’s practice as a young monk was to pay respect to, and learn from, the great Forest Masters of his generation.  He had a particularly strong connection to, and deep reverence for, Luang Por Chah and Luang Por Clai.  Whenever the opportunity arose, he wandered as a mendicant through the remote regions of Thailand and the border areas of Cambodia, Burma, and Laos.

 

Here are some links for these great Forest Masters:

·       Ajahn Chah - Mindful Way:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu7mtlbVBOA.

·       Compilation of Ajahn Chah’s Teaching, หลวงปู่ชา (Ajahn Chah, Theravada Buddhism):   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exb-9vO1FF8.

·       Klai Biography:  http://www.dharma-gateway.com/monk/monk_biography/lp-klai/lp-klai-hist-02.htm.

·       Lp Klai wat thad noi:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKvMbTqdYDM. 

 

During the civil war in Thailand that began in the early 1960’s, Luang Por Jumnian moved to Surat Thani, the Southern province with the highest concentration of Communist rebels.  His goal was to bring safety and peace to the region.  With undiscriminating kindness, Luang Por Jumnian cultivated respect and trust by helping people on all sides of the conflict, including military personnel, local government officials, police forces, the Thai border patrol, local villagers, and communist insurgents.  He facilitated many ceasefires between the officials and the Communists.  Luang Por Jumnian negotiated political amnesty for the communist insurgents, who, with his help, renounced violence and surrendered to the government.  

 

At the end of the civil war, Luang Por Jumnian established Wat Tham Sua (Tiger’s Cave Monastery) located near Krabi, in Southern Thailand.  He helped the local villagers, mostly Muslim, to develop a strong municipal infrastructure by building roads and bringing electricity and water into the town.  Krabi prospered, growing from a tiny village to one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.  Here are some links about Tiger’s Cave:

·       http://www.l3nr.org/posts/500806.

·       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlDUNbzoTns.

·       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87maomOGNtM.

·       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yOD-fxjY-I.

 

Luang Por Jumnian currently teaches the Dhamma throughout Thailand, the United States, Europe, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Bhutan, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Tibet, and China, among others.  His life continues to be dedicated to helping others realize the truth of their own nature and to spreading the Dhamma teachings of the BUDDHA with great compassion, wisdom, and a lighthearted smile.

 

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,

And the life of the candle will not be shortened.

Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

GAUTAMA BUDDHA

 

Here are some of Master Luang Por Jumnian’s Dhamma teachings and videos: 

·       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u36icA0_TFE.

·       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoHwmTSa1I4.

·       http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HFoJjW9xYpo.

·       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvVirqH50Kc.

·       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqaIgzqMxzE.

·       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf9zdYg2O4o.

·       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo1KOmlyitc.

·       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nCk6TrvDys.

·       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIxtdl2E2pE.

·       ประวัติตั้งแต่เกิดของหลวงพ่อค่ะ:  http://www.ban1gun.com/%E0%B8%AD%E0%B8%A2%E0%B8%B2%E0%B8%81%E0%B8%97%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%B2%E0%B8%9A%E0%B8%9B%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%B0%E0%B8%A7%E0%B8%B1%E0%B8%95%E0%B8%B4%E0%B8%AB%E0%B8%A5%E0%B8%A7%E0%B8%87%E0%B8%9E%E0%B9%88%E0%B8%AD%E0%B8%88%E0%B9%8D%E0%B8%B2%E0%B9%80%E0%B8%99%E0%B8%B5%E0%B8%A2%E0%B8%A3-%E0%B8%A7%E0%B8%B1%E0%B8%94%E0%B8%96%E0%B9%89%E0%B9%8D%E0%B8%B2%E0%B9%80%E0%B8%AA%E0%B8%B7%E0%B8%AD%E0%B8%84%E0%B9%88%E0%B8%B0_1852.html.

·       เทวดาช่วยสร้างบันไดวัดถ้ำเสือเสร็จภายใน 3 เดือน:  http://www.oknation.net/blog/My-fais/category/Book.

·       ชื่อพี่น้องทั้ง 7 คน:  http://wat-khaorahu.com/webboard/index.php?topic=1261.0.

·       Luang Por Jumnian Talk 1 of 4 (June 10, 2013):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAmHiF6FEgI.

·       Luang Por Jumnian Talk 2 of 4 (June 10, 2013):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M9l1EVpZI0.

·      Luang Por Jumnian Talk 3 of 4 (June 10, 2013):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFYyETsSpdk.

·      Luang Por Jumnian Talk 4 of 4 (June 10, 2013):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyYTw0phunY.

·       Slideshow of Luang Por Jumnian:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGZRdGAn9DQ.

·       Luang Por Jumnian Dhamma Phonchong7_E-Book:  http://www.david9yod.com/luang-phor-jumnean.

 

Source:

 

Biography for Luang Por Jumnian, Under the Bodhi Tree, Mahasati Retreat Association, 2013.

 

Note:  Thank you to the Venerable Master Limvivat and the Venerable Vutthiyano in the U.S.A.  Thank you to Dr. Ronna Kabatznick, Brenda Walsh, Amdee Vongthongsri and Philip Rathle, Pat Udomponganant, Mrs. “Toy” Bubpapun Stephens, Mr. Sawong Kiatpaiboon, Mr. Jimmy Hiranprasitikul, Mr. Sitthisak Moukomla, Mrs. Suporn Moukomla, Alan Flum, the Forest Retreat Association, and Mrs. Sally Hamaji.  Thank you to Wat Thai Los Angeles in N. Hollywood, CA, and Wat Buddhanusorn in Fremont, CA.  Thank you to Dr. Kaylene Williams and California State University-Stanislaus, Viviene Chen, Darlene Fung, Thai Andaman (who offered food for three months while Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh (Big Baba) was in Mt. Shasta), Mr. Sonny, Mr. Paul Showalter, Miss Atarah Rayes, Mr. Joshua Jerue, Mr. Suraphong Pinyochon, and Mrs. Gayle Madden for their generous support of Luang Por Jumnian and Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh).  Their help with the Dhamma teaching tours and the Biography has been priceless and so full of loving-kindness.

 

Most importantly, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) wishes to express his undying gratitude and love to his Master Luang Por Jumnian for his guidance, teachings, strength and protection, and many gifts of Spirit.  The full extent of your importance and grace to me is unspeakable.

 

Section VI:  Detailed Description of Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) BLACK BUDDHA of Nalanda Public Facilities and Community Development Project (India)

 

Ancient University of Nalanda

 

In the northeast of India in the state of Bihar is the site of an ancient great university, Nalanda, built in an area distinguished by its connection with the BUDDHA.  It houses the remains of the BUDDHA’s great disciple, Sariputta.  The great King Asoka was one of the patrons who built temples and monasteries there.  Already a Buddhist pilgrimage destination and a place of study, Nalanda University was established as one of the first great universities in recorded history, in the fifth century.  It was the first university in the world where Buddhist monasticism and classical learning were taught, and it was also the first residential international university of the world.  At its peak, it housed over 10,000 students and 1,500 teachers in numerous monasteries, attracted from throughout Asia and parts of the Middle East.  It was important in establishing links between China, Tibet, and India, and in the spread of Buddhism throughout Asia.  It prospered under the patronage of kings and emperors until the 12th century.  The university came to a violent end when it was sacked by invaders who killed many monks and residents and burned the monasteries and temples, and the incomparable nine story library.  The library supposedly was so extensive that it burned for three months.

(Nalanda’s location)

 

Excavations of the archaelogical remains of Nalanda began in 1915, under British colonization, and continues under the auspices of the Archaelogical Society of India.  The excavated site is now approximately 150,000 square meters, or about ten percent of the entire ancient site. 

 

The BLACK BUDDHA of Nalanda

 

Near the ancient Nalanda University in the village of Baragaon, just outside the old university wall, there miraculously remains a rare, large, and fine BUDDHA image of black granite in the “Defeating Mara” position.  It survived attempts to vandalize it, and attempts to relocate it, protected by its own sacredness and by the Indian villagers who have preserved it over the years.  As with other BLACK BUDDHA images in the vicinity, which are revered by Buddhists and Hindus alike, the local people tended to call it Teliya Baba (or the Baba upon which one pours oil).  This image is commonly called BLACK BUDDHA of Nalanda (though it may share this nomenclature with other images).

(Baragaon’s location)  (BLACK BUDDHA’s location)

 

Note:  Bigbaba wholeheartedly wants to thank and pay his respect to the local village pilgrims and friends, and to the pilgrims and friends from all around the world who so graciously protected and worshipped the BLACK BUDDHA, over many years.  Your constant, loving reverence and worship of the BLACK BUDDHA has made this possible and kept this supreme gift alive for all of mankind.  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) appreciates your loving support very much!!

 

The state of Bihar, the locus of the BLACK BUDDHA of Nalanda and Nalanda University, is among the least developed and poorest states of India.  However, it is also the place where the most sacred sites surrounding the life of the BUDDHA are located, including the place of his enlightenment and major teachings.  The wealth of highly revered sacred places in Bihar carries the hopeful possibility of development that will be of assistance to the local populace.

 

During a pilgrimage to India in 2005, Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh (Big Baba), a Thai Buddhist monk traveling with his internationally known and revered teacher, Luang Por Jumnian Seelasettho Chonsakhorn and fellow monk Phra Ajahn Ngam Rattanayano, was profoundly moved by a visit to pay respects to this BLACK BUDDHA.  He was inspired to undertake a project to develop the area around the BUDDHA image.  He secured the support and permission of Luang Por Jumnian Seelasettho to curtail his pilgrimage and stayed instead for two and one half months with the local community, developing a vision full of light and hope for the common benefit of the BLACK BUDDHA and the villagers.  During stays in Nalanda totaling over a year, he worked with the villagers to create a proposal for the site.  One focus was better access, and the first stage of development of a road has already become a reality.

 

In addition, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) provided funding for a drinking well and a nearby marble temple, as an expression of gratitude to the local community for the respect and reverence with which the image has been maintained for centuries.  The project has created a bridge of mutual trust and goodwill between the Hindu and Buddhist communities.  Overall, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) has spent over four years in Nalanda making these various improvements come to fruition.

 

As reported in the Jakarta Globe on September 13, 2010, the Indian Parliament passed a bill approving plans to rebuild the campus at Nalanda on 200 hectares of land near its original location.  It is estimated that the project will need one billion dollars of funds.  Singapore, Japan, China, and groups within those countries have already begun pledging support to revive the educational heritage of the area.  Subsequently, meetings have been held, substantial funds have been pledged, and approaches to developing an architectural plan have been discussed.  Here is some extra information about Nalanda:

·       http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22160989.

·       https://www.facebook.com/Nalanda.Monastery.

·       http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nalanda.

 

In the old days, Nalanda was a Buddhist university, but it was remarkably open to many interpretations of that religion.  That is, Nalanda represents much of what Asia could use today - a great global university that reaches deep into the region’s underlying cultural heritage, restores many of the peaceful links among peoples and cultures that once existed, and gives Asia the kind of soft power of influence and attraction that it does not have now.  The West has a long tradition of rediscovering its ancient Greek and Roman roots, and is much stronger for that.  Asia could and should do the same, using the Nalanda project as a springboard but creating a modern, future-oriented context for a new university.  Today, it could perform a vital role consistent with its original ethos - to be an institution devoted to religious reconciliation on a global scale.

 

Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) vision for the BLACK BUDDHA Project is rooted in his life as a dedicated disciple of the BUDDHA.  His wish is to honor the life of the BUDDHA and to offer the opportunity for pilgrims to pay respects to the BLACK BUDDHA image, which is a powerful expression of faith.  His vision is finely tuned with the stated objectives of the Bihar government and the government of India to cultivate improvements in the infrastructure and sustainability of the area.  He has nurtured, with love, respect, and understanding, the enthusiastic cooperation of the local villagers who will be most benefited by the site’s continued development.  The Bihar government has encouraged Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) to develop the BLACK BUDDHA Project, and has given the necessary permission and assistance.  Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) ability in bringing all necessary parties together cooperatively for this project is a key factor in its success.  For example, six hundred members of the International Bhikkus Sangha attended the opening ceremony for the road to the BLACK BUDDHA on December 13, 2009.

 

Here are some videos and articles that you might like about the BLACK BUDDHA, the building of the road to the BLACK BUDDHA, and Nalanda:

 

BLACK BUDDHA in Nalanda, India:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30WBUYbO4AM&sns=em.

 

หลวงพ่อองค์ดำ นาลันทา อินเดียhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30WBUYbO4AM&sns=em.

 

BLACK BUDDHA Video:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4hV3QyxRBQ&feature=youtu.be.

 

The BLACK BUDDHA of Nalanda (Thai Version):  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxTpltVmRBacWkFvZmhYLW84SUU/edit?usp=sharing.

 

BLACK BUDDHA in Nalanda, Bihar, India - Original:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlmfLkmy9zM.

 

Road to the BLACK BUDDHA:  http://bhpromo.org.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=65.

 

BLACK BUDDHA Road in Nalanda, Bihar, India - Beginning the Process:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHMpwmmN3IE.

 

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) BLACK BUDDHA on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bigbaba-Black-Buddha/431488950205723?id=431488950205723&sk=photos_stream.

 

2nd Maha Moggallana Patha Padakhina Pada Yatra (November 26, 2011):  http://nalanda-onthemove.blogspot.com/2011_11_01_archive.html.

 

Nalanda Mahavihara History:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiVqU9BcPiM&list=PLEF30FAB589B5733F&index=13.

   

Nava Nalanda Mahavihara:  http://www.nnm.ac.in/.

   

Nalanda University Ancient Ruins (Bihar, India):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbPbG0ln6QM.

 

Nalanda - The Great University of Buddhist India http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf-KbfkfgYE.

 

Nalanda on the Move, December, 2010:  http://nalanda-onthemove.blogspot.com/2010_11_01_archive.html?m=1.

 

Nalanda on the Move - 1st Saṃghassa Patiṭṭhāpako Mahā Kassapo Sati Cārikā:  http://nalanda-onthemove.blogspot.com/2013/02/1st-samghassa-patitthapako-maha-kassapo.html?m=1.

 

Nalanda - Insatiable in Offering - Discovery of Buddhavana:  http://nalanda-insatiableinoffering.blogspot.com/2012/07/discovery-of-buddhavana.html?m=1.

 

Nalanda - Insatiable in Offering - Rampurwa - A Compelling Case for Kuśīnāra (Mahāparinirvāṇa Place of the BUDDHA):  http://nalanda-insatiableinoffering.blogspot.com/2013/03/rampurwa-compelling-case-for-kusinara.html?m=1.

 

Nalanda - Insatiable in Offering - Stupas of Magadha under Threat:  http://nalanda-insatiableinoffering.blogspot.com/2012/11/stupas-of-magadha-under-threat.html?m=1.

 

Nalanda on the Move - 3rd Mahā Moggallāna Patha Padakkhiṇā Padayātrā:  http://nalanda-onthemove.blogspot.com/2012/12/3rd-maha-moggallana-patha-padakkhina.html?m=1.

 

Nalanda - Insatiable in Offering - Gurupāda /Kukkutapāda Giri /Cockfoot’s Mountain, and the Maitreya BUDDHA:  http://nalanda-insatiableinoffering.blogspot.in/2011/01/gurupada-kukkutapada-giri-cockfoots.html?m=1.

 

Nalanda - Insatiable in Offering - Maha Kassapa and Mahatittha:  http://nalanda-insatiableinoffering.blogspot.in/2010/12/maha-kassapa-and-mahatittha.html?m=1.

 

Nalanda - Insatiable in Offering - Maha Kassapa and the BUDDHA - The Exchange of Robes:  http://nalanda-insatiableinoffering.blogspot.in/2010/12/maha-kassapa-and-buddha-exchange-of.html?m=1.

 

Nalanda - Insatiable in Offering - Search Results for Maha Kassapa:  http://nalanda-insatiableinoffering.blogspot.in/search?q=Maha+kassapa&m=1.

 

Nalanda - Insatiable in Offering - Pipphali Guha:  http://nalanda-insatiableinoffering.blogspot.in/2010/04/pipphali-guha.html?m=1.

 

Nalanda - Insatiable in Offering - Kassapa (Mahakassapa and Foremost in Asceticism) - Exchange of Robes:  http://nalanda-insatiableinoffering.blogspot.in/2010/04/kassapa-mahakasaapa-and-foremost-in.html?m=1.

 

Sources:

 

Curriculum Vitae, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh), 2013.

 

Tourism of India - BUDDHA - Nalanda, Government of India, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, www.tourismofindia.com.

 

In Light of Nalanda, Namit Arora, Himal Southasian, March, 2010, www.himalmag.com/component/content/article/89-In-light-of-Nalanda.

 

Revival of Nalanda University, IPCS Special Report, Vibhanshu, November, 2007.

 

India Plans to Lift Ancient University from the Ashes, Jakarta Globe, September 13, 2010.

 

Nalanda, Wikipedia, August 4, 2012.

 

World's First University Was Established in Takshila, Campbellsville University, http://veda.wikidot.com/tip:world-first-university-takshila.

 

Note:  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) wants to thank the above authors, contributors, Takshila, Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, and all others for their generous sharing of information about Nalanda and the BLACK BUDDHA.  He also would like to thank the Venerable Dr. U. Panya Linkara Mahathera, The Abbot of the Chinese Buddhist Temple in Nalanda.  Thank you to Dr. R. Panth, the Director of Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, for his support of Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) projects.  In addition, he would like to thank Dr. Richard Dixey and Mrs. Wangmo Dixey and ITCC, Dr. Janardan Upadhyay, Mr. Vijay Singh, Mr. Chandra Kumar, and Mr. Brijnandan Ram Vill.  Thank you to Mr. Brajesh Kumar and Mr. Sukhdeo Prasad for their support.

 

Section VII:  Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) Improvements to Venuvan Vihara Bamboo Forest Project

 

This is the special history of Venuvanaram, Bamboo Forest Monastery: 

 

After the BUDDHA attained enlightenment over 2,600 years ago, he came with a retinue of 1,000 Noble Ones (Arahants) to give a Dhamma talk in the Rajgir area, Magadha Country.  When King Bimbisara heard that the BUDDHA was there, the King with a retinue of 120,000 people went to meet the BUDDHA at the young Palm Forest and to listen to the Dhamma talk from the BUDDHA.  After King Bimbisara and 100,000 people heard the Dhamma talk and attended the stream entry, 20,000 people took refuge in the BUDDHA, the Dhamma, and the Sangha for the rest of their lives.  King Bimbisara wanted to share more Dhamma, so he invited the BUDDHA with his retinue to the palace for the following day’s meal.  Afterwards, the King Bimbisara offered the Bamboo Forest (Venuvana) to the BUDDHA.  (Source:  HolidayIQ.com, http://www.holidayiq.com/Monastery-Venuvana-Vihara-Rajgir-Sightseeing-758-819.html)

 

In addition to the BLACK BUDDHA Project, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) also planted the famous Bamboo Forest (also called Bamboo Grove) Monastery in Venuvan Vihara, Rajgir (Nalanda) with the International Maha Bhikkus Sangha.  The Bamboo Forest Monastery is known for its many varieties of bamboo.  The Bihar government via Shri Sharwan Kumar, Chief Whip of the Bihar Legislative Assembly, has expressed its happiness toward this good project, stating, “Bihar govt. have keen interest of plantation in Bihar.  So, I am very happy to know your good project.  My self and govt. of Bihar with forest Dept. will help regarding plantation.  I appreciate your Project because this is very good project.  Now, all over world need green.”

(Venuvan’s location)

 

“The whole area has been cleaned up and Veluvana now looks like a pleasant park, planted with shade trees, bamboo, and flowers, reflecting its original status as the royal park of King Bimbisara.  In the vicinity of Veluvana is a large pond with a BUDDHA image at the center.  This pond is believed to be the site of the Karanda tank mentioned in Buddhist texts as the Karanda kanivapa where the BUDDHA used to take his bath.”

 

During the Venuvan Rain Retreat for 2011 and 2012, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh), with a group of eight Bhikku Sangha monks, made improvements at Venuvan.  With the Bihar State Government’s support, he and the monks upgraded Venuvan in order to accommodate many people attending ceremonies and to bring the place back to its earlier Buddhist legacy.

 

Here are some videos that you might enjoy about Wat Venuvan:

 

Wat Venuvan in India (Bamboo Forest):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJicAD5_mko&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

 

Wat Venuvan Rajgir, Bihar, India (1):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXh3Gzb2aCQ.

 

Wat Venuvan Rajgir, Bihar, India (2):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cD1Oky81scw.

 

Wat Venuvan Rajgir, Bihar, India (3):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WHgsaYXS5I&feature=em-upload_owner&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D-WHgsaYXS5I%26feature%3Dem-upload_owner&app=desktop.

 

Wat Venuvan Rajgir, Bihar, India (4):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Xs3noTOXxA&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

 

Wat Venuvan Rajgir, Bihar, India (5):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=em-upload_owner&v=SLNdhyTc1K4&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DSLNdhyTc1K4%26feature%3Dem-upload_owner&app=desktop.

 

Wat Venuvan Rajgir, Bihar, India - The Original Old BUDDHA:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IABEyzFngM4.

 

Indian People Offer Bhikkus Sangha Pindapat at Venuvan Rajgir, Bihar, India by Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh (Big Baba), October 30, 2012:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmSf-t2-jbg&feature=youtu.be.

 

Venuvan Rajgir, Bihar, India with Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh (Big Baba), 2012:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=854LynqmUD0&feature=youtu.be.

 

Wat Venuvan Rajgir, Bihar, India (Thai Version):  http://www.84000.org/tipitaka/picture/f42.html

 

Venuvana:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhqfIC-NkAA.

 

All Enjoy the Food:  http://www.csustan.edu/market/williams/All%20Enjoy%20the%20Food%20IMG_5545.MOV.

 

Venuvan, December 13, 2012:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M95kaFyxPHc&feature=youtu.be.

 

Venuvan Rajgir, Bihar, India:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=em-upload_owner&v=8j8TLnPXhDE&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D8j8TLnPXhDE%26feature%3Dem-upload_owner&app=desktop

   

World Bamboo:  http://worldbamboo.net/.

 

Note:  At Wat Venuvan, Rajgir, Bihar, India, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) would like to thank the Seven Star Youth Club for its support of the Venuvan Project.  In addition, thank you to all of the communities and local people in the Rajgir area for their support of the Venuvan Vihara Bamboo Forest Project.      

 

Section VIII:  Future Projects for Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh)

 

In addition to the BLACK BUDDHA Road Project in Nalanda and the upgrading of Venuvan, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) is adding improvements to several other very important projects where the BUDDHA originally lived, taught, and meditated.  In particular, he is contributing to the Maha Kassapa Vihara Silao Project, and the Muchilinda Pond Project and the Uruvela Kassapa Place Project, both in the Bodhgaya area.  Bodhgaya is the place where GAUTAMA BUDDHA attained enlightenment under the sacred Bodhi Tree.  Buddhists all across the world consider the place the most sacred and this has become a pilgrim destination for them.  (Source:  sonatravels-indiatours.com) 

(Bodhgaya’s location)  

·       Bodh Gaya - Center of the Buddhist World:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk-9Ez3xICY.

·       Bodhgaya - Where LORD BUDDHA Attained Enlightenment:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekjKiEKsIAo.

·       Bodh Gaya a Holy Buddhist Place - Documentary - Part 1:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eAhnHWUWqg.

·       Bodh Gaya a Holy Buddhist Place - Documentary - Part 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OknrUsHE7A.

·       Bhante Anandajoti:  1.  The Early Life of the BUDDHA:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EN6yOLy-MM&list=PLEF30FAB589B5733F&index=1.

·       Bhante Anandajoti:  2.  The Last Year of the BUDDHA’s Life:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3RVCs_AL1g&list=PLEF30FAB589B5733F.

·       Buddhist Pilgrimage with Wonderful Maps and Pictures of Bodhgaya and Rajgir:  http://www.buddhistelibrary.org/buddhism-online/e-books/buddhistpilgrimage.pdf.

·       A History of Bodh Gaya:  http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/history/bodh-gaya.htm.

·       Big Baba at Bodhgaya, Bihar, India in December 2013:  https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=829C24D639939C92&id=829C24D639939C92%21167&authkey=%21AFTE13luac2T1A8&v=3.

 

Maha Kassapa Vihara Silao Project

 

At the Maha Kassapa Vihara Silao Project area, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) renovated and added Juna stone near a Boddhi tree for the purposes of worship and for sitting.  In Vihara, he installed solar lights and improved the public car park area.  Now, he will continue to make the needed improvements. 

(http://nalanda-onthemove.blogspot.com/2012/12/silao-place-of-exchange-of-robes.html and http://nalanda-onthemove.blogspot.in/2011/01/rediscovery-of-silao-maha-kassapa.html)

   

This is the story of the “Exchange of Robes”:  Mahakassapa decided to break the cycle of life and death and joy and sorrow and achieve the state of nirvana.  Buddhist tradition mentions that on the day Mahakassapa left the worldly life and became ascetic, the earth trembled to see such virtue.  The literature further mentions that at that time, the Buddha was at Veluvana and knew what the earthquake signified.  He immediately left Veluvana to receive Mahakassapa, he sat down at the foot of the Bahuputtaka Nigrodha, between Rajagriha (Rajgir) and Nalanda.  The moment Kassapa laid eyes on the Buddha he knew that he had found his Master.  The Buddha stood in all his radiance, surrounded by an aura.  Falling at the Buddha’s feet and saluting him respectfully, Venerable Kassapa asked permission to enter the Noble Order.  The Buddha told him to be seated and, in three homilies, gave him his ordination.

 

Thereafter, both of them walked back to Rajagriha.  On the way, the Buddha desired to rest under the root of a tree and Venerable Kassapa folded for him his outer robe (pilotikasanghati) as a seat.  The Buddha sat on it and, feeling it with his hand, praised its softness.  Venerable Kassapa asked him to accept it.

 

"And what would you wear?" inquired the Buddha.

 

 Venerable Kassapa then begged that he might be given the rag robe worn by the Buddha. 

 

"It is faded with use," said the Buddha, but Venerable Kassapa said he would prize it above the whole world and the robes were exchanged.

 

A 9th CE broken sculpture of Venerable Mahakassapa discovered from Silao in 1934 has an inscription mentioning about the historic event of the “Exchange of Robes”. The broken sculpture is presently kept at Mahadeosthana, Silao.

 

According to Buddhist literature Maha Kassap, the disciple of LORD BUDDHA, realized that his death was nearing and he started moving toward the hill where he wanted to take his last breath.  The ‘Kukkutapadagiri’ hill was not easily accessible and Maha Kassap faced many hurdles during travel.  According to legend, he would face obstacles like rocks that would hinder his further continuation of the journey.  He, however, struck all these rocks with the help of his staff which opened up and paved way for his journey.  When he reached atop the hill a cavity was formed in the rocks.  Maha Kassap entered in the cavity and indulged himself into a deep meditation.  The rocks closed around him.  A popular belief says that he is still inside the cave capped by stones.”  (Source:  bookcaronrent.com)

(http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/history/db_03.htm)

 

According to Maha Kassapa, a man of the four directions is satisfied with conditions he finds wherever he lives (Source:  accesstoinsight.org):

 

“In the whole field of the BUDDHA's following,
Except for the mighty Master himself,
I stand the foremost in ascetic ways;
No one practices them so far as I.

 

“The Master has been served by me,
And all the BUDDHA's teaching has been done.
Low have I laid the heavy load I bore,
Cause for rebirth is found in me no more.

 

“GOTAMA the immeasurable does not cling
To robe, to food or place of lodging.
Like spotless lotus blossom he is free from taints,
Bent on renunciation he transcends the three worlds.

 

“The four foundations of mindfulness are his neck;
The great Seer has faith and confidence for hands;
Above, his brow is perfect wisdom; nobly wise,
He ever wanders with all desire quenched.”

 

Muchilinda Pond Project

 

In the future, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) also will be working on the Muchilinda Pond Project in the Bodhgaya area.  His first intended renovations include concrete water pipes to bring the dirty water from the village to the river, which requires smoothing out the ground soil so that the pipes will be supported properly.

 

Muchilinda (also spelled Muchalinda or Mucalinda) is the name of a naga (a snake-like being), who protected the BUDDHA from the elements after his enlightenment.  With regard to Muchilinda Pond, ancient-buddhist-texts.net and wikipedia.org state, “It is said that four weeks after ŚĀKYAMUNI BUDDHA began meditating under the Bodhi tree, the heavens darkened for seven days, and a prodigious rain descended.  However, the mighty king of serpents, Mucalinda, came from beneath the earth and protected with his hood the one who is the source of all protection.  When the great storm had cleared, the serpent king assumed his human form, bowed before the BUDDHA, and returned in joy to his palace.”  Having understood its meaning, the BUDDHA said:  

“There is happiness and detachment for the one who is satisfied,
“Who has heard the Dhamma, and who sees,
“There is happiness for he who is free from ill-will in the world,
“Who is restrained towards breathing beings.

“The state of dispassion in the world is happiness, the complete transcending of sense desires,
“(But) for he who has removed the conceit ‘I am’ - this is indeed the highest happiness.”

 

(Muchilinda Pond’s location - zoom in and you can actually see it on the map)

 

Uruvela Kassapa Place Project

  

According to dhammawiki.com, Uruvela was a small village in northern India on the outskirts of which the BUDDHA attained enlightenment.  The BUDDHA described the village and its surroundings as ‘a beautiful stretch of ground, a lovely woodland grove, a clear flowing river with a beautiful ford, a village nearby for support…a suitable place for making an effort’ (M.I,167).  In later centuries the village grew into a centre of Buddhist scholarship and pilgrimage and was known variously as Sambodhi, Mahàbodhi or Vajràsana.  Today the town that has grown up on the site of Uruvela is called Bodh Gaya.

(http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Uruvela)

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) started this project last year by putting Juna stone near a Boddhi tree in the Uruvela Kassapa Place area for the purposes of worship and for sitting.  He is continuing to work on this project and to improve the area.  The Dharmaranya-Vedi Management Committee has expressed its acceptance of Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) renovation and development proposals of the historical religious site of Uruvela Kassapa Place Project in the area of Bodhgaya, Bihar, India.  The Committee is happy that he wants to renovate and develop the site without altering its antiquity and purity.  He will work cooperatively with the Committee and use their suggestions to maintain the sacredness of the site.

 

According to Facts on File (fofweb.com), “Kasyapa (another spelling of Kassapa), a fire-worshipping ascetic, became an early follower of the BUDDHA.  Uruvela Kasyapa and his two brothers took 500 of their matted-haired followers into the sangha.  This Kasyapa was a well-known ascetic in his day, and it took an example of the BUDDHA's use of magical powers to persuade him to join.  In the account, the BUDDHA battled two smoke-breathing nagas (serpents), read the thoughts of Uruvela Kasyapa, and performed many other miracles - a total of 3,500 - before Kasyapa and his followers agreed to follow him.  After all the followers of the three brothers had been ordained, the BUDDHA taught them the fire sermon on Mt. Gaya.

(Uruvela Kassapa, The Fire-Worshiper:  http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/btg/btg20.htm) 

 

“In the end these things matter most:

How well did you love?  How fully did you live?

How deeply did you let go?”

GAUTAMA BUDDHA

 

Note:  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) would like to give a special thank you to all of the local people of Bihar and to the government and Forest Department for their help and support on each of the completed and successful projects.  He wants to thank Surendra Pandey and the Dharmaranya-Vedi Management Committee at the Uruvela Kassapa Place in the Bodhgaya area.  He looks forward with happiness to our future projects and to working with each of you again.  Thank you to Muchilinda and the local people living in Muchilinda Village.  Thank you to the community and local people at the Maha Kassapa Vihara Silao area who supported the Project.

 

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."

 

"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly,

our whole life would change.”

GAUTAMA BUDDHA

 

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!

 

Section X:  Big Baba's (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) Location, Phone, and Email

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) has been Dhamma touring the U.S.A. including Seattle, Mt. Baldy, Olympia, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Dallas, Las Vegas, San Diego, Houston, Tennessee, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Alaska, and New Mexico.  During Summer and Fall of 2013, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) was located in Mt. Shasta, California U.S.A. (608 So. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta, CA 96067 U.S.A.).  He left Mt. Shasta in early November of 2013.  Then, he returned to Thailand.  As of December 2013, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) is located in the Suanpa Thipmongkol Seangtham Meditation Center in Ratchaburee, Thailand. 

(Mt. Shasta’s location)

 

His email is:  lpdhamma@gmail.com.

 

Mt. Shasta is a community named for the dormant mountainous volcano dominating it, rising 14,179 feet out of the Cascade Range, visible for 100 miles.  The area was named a national forest in 1905.  It has a long history of spiritual significance, beginning with the Native Americans who named it thousands of years before Europeans came to settle there in the early 1800’s.

 

“Lonely as God, and white as a winter moon, Mount Shasta starts up sudden and solitary from the heart of the black forests of Northern California.”  (Life Amongst the Modoc Unwritten History, by Joaquin Miller, Orion Press, 1996)

 

Some Native Americans believe the Spirit of the Above World resides in the mountain.  Other faiths also are attracted to the power of the mountain, and it has become a focus for modern Native American rituals, Buddhist temples, and New Age religions.  (Images of America, Mount Shasta, by Darla Mazariegos, Acadia Publishing, 2007, and Wikipedia)

  

For additional information regarding Mt. Shasta, please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK49Y-1rNgY, http://www.siskiyous.edu/Shasta/his/, http://www.siskiyous.edu/library/shasta/documents/MS_Fact_Sheet_references_34pp.pdf, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeoy_LrUNOg, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJMdKVJDVcY, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfp3Mnbs8kE, and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=parf50h9NvQ.

 

While living in Mt. Shasta, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) blessed the community by building a Pagoda.  The Mt. Shasta Pagoda is visible in the yard on Google Maps, it looks like a heart (zoom in on the satellite view to see it at 608 So. Mt. Shasta Blvd.): 

(Mt. Shasta Pagoda’s location)

 

According to China.org.cn, “The modern pagoda is an evolution of the stupa, a tomb-like structure where sacred relics could be kept safe and venerated.  The relationship between Buddhism and pagodas is explained in Buddhist literature, which says that pagodas were originally built for the purpose of preserving the remains of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism.  According to Buddhist scripture, when Sakyamuni's body was cremated after his death, his disciples discovered that his remains crystallized into unbreakable shiny beads.” 

 

According to peacestupa.org, “A stupa (pagoda) is the most sacred monument found in all of the ancient Buddhist countries.  Unique amongst all forms of sacred architecture, it is the quintessential symbol of enlightenment.  Stupas are filled with sacred images, mantras, and the relics of holy beings.  The foundation, symmetry, orientation, and contents of the stupa create incredible power to those who even look upon it.  It has the potential to transcend the limitations of language to activate enlightened knowledge.”  Ultimately, the perception is that a pagoda is a spiritually charged place dedicated to the BUDDHA.  It is a blessing to have the Pagoda in Mt. Shasta.

 

In a fun and sweet story, Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) rescued a baby bird in Mt. Shasta that could not fly.  He fed it and cared for it until it was well.  Now, the innocent little bird is back flying, meditating at night, honoring the BUDDHA, and amusing Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) at the same time.

 

Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) two Thailand Meditation Centers’ addresses are:

 

Thalaythip La-Ong Manee Meditation Centre

46 MOO 4 Tambon Watchan

District Sathingpra

Province Songkla, Thailand 90190

Tel (cell):  +66-87-1313706 (087-1313706) or +66-81-1313492 (081-1313492) or +66-83-0199699 (083-0199699)

Email address:  lpdhamma@gmail.com

 

Suanpa Thipmongkol Seangtham Meditation Center

109 MOO 13 Thumbol Tha Khoei

District Suanpheung

Province Ratchaburee, Thailand 70180

Tel (cell):  +66-87-1313706 (087-1313706) or +66-81-8193673 (081-8193673) or +66-83-0199699 (083-0199699)

Email address:  lpdhamma@gmail.com

 

Section XI:  Here Are Some Pictures and Videos of and from Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) the You Might Like to See

 

Pictures of Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) from Igor:  https://picasaweb.google.com/117259020015275596596/BigBabaPhraAjahnWithoonPutameeShasta201308?authuser=0&feat=directlink.

 

Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) Own Photography on Picasa Is Located at:  https://picasaweb.google.com/114786828848662666939/ProfilePhotos#5622298018997853890.  

 

Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) YouTube Channel:  http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCydN4GcgcFLJ9SLsF3C0Bbg.

 

Big Baba’s (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) Google Plus Site (you can ask him to put you in his circles):  https://plus.google.com/113571828858112479533/posts.

 

The Sunshine Sends Energy to Clear the Mind:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIlQ8lHPIkg&feature=youtu.be.

 

Special Remembrance of Mt. Shasta, CA:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LafwTm0O7F8&feature=youtu.be.

 

Special Remembrance of Mt. Shasta, CA Mountain View:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBq2aiQDBek&feature=youtu.be.

 

Photography from Igor that Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) Really Likes:  https://plus.google.com/photos/117259020015275596596/albums?banner=pwa.

 

Time Lapse Videos from Igor that Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) Really Likes:  https://plus.google.com/117259020015275596596/videos?banner=pwa.

 

Kaylene’s Art:  http://www.csustan.edu/market/williams/ART.html.

 

Toy Airplane View of Niagara Falls (Thank you to the producer DJI Phantom):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfoLYTKObiU.

 

This Is My Kansas by Scott Bean:  http://vimeo.com/73014200.

 

Note:  A special thank you to Igor for sharing his photos and time lapse videos.  Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) loves your pictures and videos. You inspire him to keep taking his own pictures and experiencing the beauty and uniqueness of life.

 

Section XII:  Some Links about the BUDDHA, Buddhism, and Monastic Life that You Might Find Interesting

 

PBS Buddhism in Thailand:  http://www.pbs.org/edens/thailand/buddhism.htm.

 

Buddhism and Thai Society:  http://www.budsas.org/ebud/ebdha108.htm. 

 

An Introduction to Thai Buddhism:  http://www.thaibuddhism.net/page1.htm.

 

What Is Theravada Buddhism? (1):  http://www.thebuddhism.net/2013/03/14/what-is-theravada-buddhism/.

 

What Is Theravada Buddhism? (2):  http://www.accesstoinsight.org/theravada.html.

 

Theravada Buddhism – A Chronology:  http://www.accesstoinsight.org/history.html.

 

What Is Theravada Buddhism? (3) http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhistworld/whats-thera.htm.

 

What Is Theravada Buddhism? (4):  http://www.budsas.org/ebud/ebdha143.htm.

 

The BUDDHA - PBS Documentary (1/2):  http://www.buddhismvideo.com/the-buddha-pbs-documentary-12-video_d6b9a79b6.html.

 

The BUDDHA - PBS Documentary (2/2):  http://www.buddhismvideo.com/the-buddha-pbs-documentary-22-video_73d76133c.html.

 

Uruvela:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAVST0wz5Sk.

 

Durgeshwari Mountain (Uruvela) - Place Where Prince Siddhartha Practiced Self-Mortification:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPhw8mZMxMo).

 

พระพุทธเจ้า สารคดีระดับโลกจาก BBC:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlzMkSOlFNQ&app=de.

 

Bones of the BUDDHA PBS Video:  http://video.pbs.org/video/2365051623/.

 

The Life of the BUDDHA Full BBC Documentary (HQ):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfuWXqX1sbE.

 

มงคลสูตร ภาษาอินเดีย:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvC7VZzQxXo&feature=related&app=desktop.

 

เพลง ธัมมจักกัปปวัตตนสูตร แปล:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyExvdY5tFs&app=desktop.

 

Motion Picture Trailer for 'Sri Siddhartha Gauthama':  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JYVc7mfWPg&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

 

Most Sacred Buddhism Sites:  http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/history/sites.htm.

 

Sacred Sites in Thailand:  http://kirjon.com/.

 

The Mindful Way - The Buddhist Forest Tradition:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GOQp0fTIo4.

   

Hidden in Taiwan - A Documentary of Thai Buddhism:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mnflXZG3rA.

 

The Long Search - Buddhism:  Footprint of the BUDDHA (BBC 1977):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3r202etWLE.

 

Meditation Centers in Thailand:  http://www.hotsia.com/Thailand/book/meditation.pdf.

 

Hill of Dhamma - Dham­ma Giri:  Vipassana Meditation Center:  http://video.server.dhamma.org/video/hod/hod.htm.

 

This Life-Size Sculpture Gives You a Map to the Buddhist Cosmos:  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/smithsonian-institution/This-Life-Size-Sculpture-Gives-You-a-Map-to-the-Buddhist-Cosmos.html#.UiIbxNK4J20.email.

  

World's Earliest Buddhist Structure Uncovered:  http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/history-archaeology-news/buddha-birth-vin/.

 

Scientists Find the Brains of Buddhist Monks to Be Fascinating:  http://eocinstitute.org/meditation/buddhist-monk-meditation/?gclid=CNDi3uuzlrkCFS9dQgodc1oASQ.

 

Final Words and Blessing

 

Note:  A very, very special thank you to all of the individuals who contributed so lovingly to the YouTube videos, webpages, and pictures contained in this Biography.  Your generosity of Spirit for the use of these videos and materials is so appreciated.  You make us and so many people around the world happy with these gifts.

 

Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) also would like to acknowledge and send blessings to his many special friends around the world.  May the BUDDHA continue to shine goodwill and loving-kindness on each and every one of you!!!  Most of all, may each of you be happy!!

 

All gratitude and my life to the BUDDHA, the Dhamma, and the Sangha!!!

 

Note:  If you would like to continue to follow "Big Baba" (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh), his teachings, his Dhamma tours, his invitation schedule to various locations around the world, and the development of his projects in India and elsewhere, please see his Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bigbaba-Black-Buddha/431488950205723?id=431488950205723&sk=photos_stream which will be updated periodically.  Also, search YouTube for "Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee”.