Ajahn Buddhadasa worked painstakingly to establish and explain the correct and essential principles of what he called “pristine Buddhism,” that is, the original. Ajahn Buddhadasa grew up during a time of great change in Thai society, as aggressive western “civilization” and imperialism made deep inroads. This change. At the beginning of Suan Mokkh, Ajahn Buddhadasa sought a clear map of Dhamma practice. Using the “graduated training” outlined in three important Suttas.
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Cited in Payulpitack, He was born Nguam Phanit Thai: Buddhadasa rejected the traditional rebirth and karma doctrine, since he thought it to be incompatible with sunyataand not conductive to the extinction of dukkha.
Typical of young monks during the time, he traveled to the capital, Bangkokfor doctrinal training but found the wats there dirty, crowded, and, most troubling to him, the sangha corrupt, “preoccupied with prestige, position, and comfort with little interest in the highest ideals of Buddhism. His aim in these discussions was to probe the similarities at the heart of each of the major world religions.
How can they be the same or in conflict when they don’t even exist? Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree.
His approach was always scientific, straight-forward, and practical. English s s s s s s s No date. This addition to Suan Mokkh is intended to provide facilities for: Most of the monks involved in nature conservation and community development were inspired by him.
This addition to Suan Mokkh is intended to provide facilities for:. His last project was to establish an International Dhamma Hermitage. There is no Buddhism; there is no Christianity; there is no Ajhn.
His books can be found in bookstores around the country and are favorites as gifts at cremations. He then taught whatever he could say truly quenches dukkha dissatisfaction, distress, buddhadasq.
Since the ‘s, activists and thinkers in areas such as education, ecology, social welfare, and rural development have drawn upon his teaching and advice. Buddhadasa, states John Powers — a professor of Asian Studies and Buddhism, offered a “rationalist interpretation” and called “the whole question of rebirth to be foolish”. Retrieved from ” https: Progressive elements in Thai society, especially the young, were inspired by his teaching and selfless example.
For example, Bhikkhu Bodhi states that Buddhadasa’s approach of jettisoning the rebirth doctrine “would virtually reduce the Dhamma to tatters At that time, it was the only forest Dhamma Center and one of the few places dedicated to vipassana meditation in Southern Thailand.
His goal was to produce a complete set of references for present and future research and practice. After a few years of study in Bangkok, which convinced him “purity is not to be found in the big city,” he was burdhadasa to live close with nature in order to investigate the Buddha-Dhamma.
His ability to explain complex philosophical and religious ideas in his native Southern Thai attracted many people to his wooded retreat. His last project was to establish an International Dhamma Hermitage. Ajarn Buddhadasa died in after a ajaahn of heart attacks and strokes that he kept bouncing back from in order to teach.
His books can be found in bookstores around the country and are favorites as gifts at cremations. This interest was practical rather than scholarly.
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Doctoral dissertations are still being written about him and his legacy. Suan Mokkh carries on in the hearts and actions of all those who have been inspired and guided by his example and words.
The final stroke occurred as he was preparing notes for a talk to be given on his birthday in two days 27 May. Buddhadasa’s interpretations of the Buddhist tradition inspired such persons as the French-schooled Pridi Banomyongleader of the Siamese revolution ofand a group of Thai social activists and artists of the 20th century.
Thai Inter-Religious Commission for Development, From the earliest period of his religious studies, Buddhadasa utilized a comparative approach and sought to be able to explain “Buddhist’s teachings through other thought systems such as Taoism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Jainism and Natural Science. Doctoral dissertations are still being written about him and his legacy. His books, both written and transcribed from talks, fill a room at the National Library nuddhadasa influence all serious Thai Buddhists in Siam.