“Big Baba” Black Buddha

 

 

Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee

( Arjarasupoh )

 

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Biography - Section VII

“Big Baba” BLACK BUDDHA

Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee

( Arjarasupoh )

  (January 2014)

 

 

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)

 

    

The New Bamboo Trees Grow in Venuvan Monastery - Rajgir Nalanda

 

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 in India, 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)

 

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Venuvan Monastery - Rajgir Nalanda

 

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The New Bamboo Trees Grow in Venuvan Monastery - Rajgir Nalanda

 

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Venuvan Monastery - Rajgir Nalanda

 

“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.” 

 

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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.

 

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Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) with Shri Sharwan Kumar, Chief Whip of the Bihar Legislative Assembly in India

 

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

 

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

 

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The Bhikku Sangha Stayed for Three Months at Wat Venuvan Rajgir, Bihar, India

 

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.

 

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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/.

 

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Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) with the Honorable Governor of Bihar, India, and Dr. R. Panth

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.