Ajahn Chah, Forest Buddhism, Wat Nong Pa Pong, and Branch Monasteries

During my travels in Northeast Thailand, while searching for Monasteries associated with Ajahn Mun and his stidents I occasionally ran across places that were visited by Ajahn Chah as well as what are now Branch Monasteries of  Wat Nong Pa Pong. Ajahn Chah established Nong Pa Pong in the mid 50s and Wat Pa Nanachat became one of the first branch monastery in the 70s. Since then more than 240 branch monasteries around the world have been established. Ajahn Liem, who followed Ajahn Chah as Senior Incumbent of Nong Pa Pong still teacehes the Dhamma at branches around the world.
Places in Luang Pors  life Tham Saeng Phet, in Amanat Charoen, Wat Metta Wiwek in Pla Pak in Nakhon Phanom annd of course ajahn Kinnari’s Wat near That Phanom, Wat Pa Khan Ta Silawat all still standing strong. Ireally am at a loss to explain the feelings that I experienced at so many of these places….


Like all os the Forest Wats of the Ajahn Mun tradition and those of Ajahn Chah and other Forest teachers the monasteries are oases of quite, peace and tranquility. The people who support the Sangha on a daily basis are kind and openhearted. As the world, Thailand and Isaan modernize and people suffer the new ideologies the monasteries and teachers offer  a wholesome model for people to learn from.

The teaching not words, but the way of life, the constant effort and patient endurance.
For me they showed that in the midst of the destruction of Buddhism in Thailand, and the suffering, hatred and greed in the world  the teachings of the Buddha are still strong and inspiring. Having had the oppurtunity to know and have time with students of Ajahns Chah, Mun, Maha Boowa and others has been another opportunity to witness and experience the Dhamma as it exists on a day to day basis, even experiencing the Toilets on the Path.

Frank at The Korat Post led me to  This Facebook link and to this list in Thai of the Branch Monasteries

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