“Big Baba” Black Buddha



  Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee

( Arjarasupoh )


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Biography - Section V


  Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee

( Arjarasupoh )

(January 2014)


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 for respected 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.


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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.”  

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The BUDDHA and Thai Location Now (November 2013) of Luang Por Jumnian


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.


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"Every situation that arises is an opportunity to practice insight so we can steer ourselves back to the Middle Way."  Luang Por Jumnian


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)


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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. 


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



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.


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    Luang Por Clai

Luang Por Chah   

Luang Por Dhammadharo         


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


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Wat Tham Sua (Tiger’s Cave Monastery)


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.  



Indian People Offer Food to Luang Por Jumnian


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.


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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. 


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“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.”



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.

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

·       ชื่อพี่น้องทั้ง 7 คนhttp://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.


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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.