“Big Baba” Black Buddha



  Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee

( Arjarasupoh )


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Biography - Section X


  Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee

( Arjarasupoh )

(January 2014)


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) has been 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)


Individuals in Mt. Shasta Offer Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh) Food


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.


Mt. Shasta after an Early Snowfall

in September 2013


While living in Mt. Shasta, Big Baba blessed the community by building a Pagoda.  The Mt. Shasta Pagoda is visible in the yard on Google Maps (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.” 


Mt. Shasta Pagoda

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.


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In a fun and sweet story, Big Baba 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 at the same time.


Baby Bird Cannot Fly

Pepping Up & Loving Big Baba (Phra Ajahn Withoon Putamee Arjarasupoh)

Singing for the Pagoda


Big Baba’s 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)

     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)

     Email address:  lpdhamma@gmail.com