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A Spiritual Biography

708 Pages · 2004 · 4.5 MB · English

  • A Spiritual Biography

    Venerable Acariya Mun


    Venerable Acariya Mun




    [with Photographs]


    [with Photographs]


    A Spiritual Biography by


    Acariya Maha Boowa Nanasampanno


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    This book is a gift of Dhamma


    and printed for free distribution only! Venerable âcariya Mun


    Bhåridatta Thera


    A Spiritual Biography


    by


    âcariya Mahà Boowa ¥àõasampanno


    Translated from the Thai


    by


    Bhikkhu Dick Sãlaratano


    Forest Dhamma of Wat Pa Baan Taad T


    HIS BOOK MUST BE GIVEN AWAY FREE



    AND MUST NOT BE SOLD


    Copyright 2003 © by


    Venerable âcariya Mahà Boowa ¥àõasampanno


    This book is a free gift of Dhamma, and may not be


    offered for sale, for as the Venerable âcariya Mahà


    Boowa ¥àõasampanno has said, “Dhamma has a


    value beyond all wealth and should not be sold like


    goods in a market place.”


    Reproduction of this book, in whole or in part, by


    any means, for sale or material gain is prohibited.


    Permission to reprint in whole or in part for free


    distribution as a gift of Dhamma, however, is hereby


    granted, and no further permission need be obtained.


    But for the electronic reproduction or distribution of


    this book, permission must first be obtained.


    Inquiries may be addressed to:


    Wat Pa Baan Taad, Baan Taad,


    Ampher Meuang, Udorn Thani, 41000 Thailand


    Venerable âcariya Mun Bhåridatta Thera: by


    Venerable âcariya Mahà Boowa ¥àõasampanno.


    First Edition: 2003


    Printed by: Silpa Siam Packaging & Printing Co. Ltd.


    Official Mahà Boowa Website:


    www.luangta.com/(english) Contents


    Translator’s Introduction xii


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    About the Author xxiv


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    Author’s Preface 1


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    The Early Years


    2


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    The Prophecy 4


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    The Sign 8


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    âcariya Sao Kantasãlo 20


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    Sarika Cave 35


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    The Sàvaka Arahants 59


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    The Middle Years


    72


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    The Dhutanga Practices 82


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    A Monk’s Fear of Ghosts 94


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    Local Customs and Beliefs 109


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    Hardship and Deprivation 128


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    Graduated Teaching 143


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    The Difference is in the Heart 159


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    The Well-digging Incident 165


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    An Impeccable Human Being 182


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    A Heart Released


    200


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    The Spiritual Partner 227


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    The Most Exalted Appreciation 238


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    The Chiang Mai Years


    249


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    The Boxer 263


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    Tigers in Disguise 271


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    Powerful Magic 289


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    Big Brother Elephant 302


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    Youthful Exuberance 311


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    v The Mysterious Effects of Kamma 321


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    Hungry Ghosts 333


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    The Hypercritical Nàga 350


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    The Death of the Arahant 362


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    The Spiritual Warrior 368


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    Unusual Questions, Enlightening Answers


    392


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    Complete Self-assurance 396


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    Past Lives 407


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    The Final Years


    427


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    Fellowship with Pigs 437


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    Harsh Training Methods 456


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    The Therapeutic Qualities of Dhamma 473


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    Tigers Make the Best Teachers 486


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    His Final Illness 505


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    The Funeral 531


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    The Legacy


    550


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    Relics Transformed 553


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    Other Mysteries 568


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    The Adventures of âcariya Chob 590


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    Conclusion 608


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    Appendix I 625


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    Answering the Skeptics 625


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    Appendix II 629


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    Citta – The Mind’s Essential Knowing Nature 629


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    Acknowledgements 638


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    About the Translator 638


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    Notes 639


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    Glossary 668


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    vi Venerable Ãcariya Mun Bhýridatta Thera is a towering figure


    in contemporary Thai Buddhism. He was widely revered and


    respected during his lifetime for the extraordinary courage and


    determination he displayed in practicing the ascetic way of life


    and for his uncompromising strictness in teaching his many dis-


    ciples. During the 50 years since his death, he has assumed an


    exalted status in Buddhist circles and thus remains an overshad-


    owing presence whose life and teachings have become synony-


    mous with the Buddha’s noble quest for self-transformation. In


    recent decades, he has gained recognition beyond the confines of


    his native land as one of the 20th century’s truly great religious


    figures.


    The story of Ãcariya Mun’s life is a vivid portrait of a consum-


    mate spiritual warrior unrivaled in modern times who practiced


    the Buddha’s path to freedom with such perfection that he left


    those who knew and revered him in no doubt that he truly was a


    Noble disciple.


    ix âcariya Mun (circa 1930)


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