Ajahn Mun Phuridatta Thera, มั่น ภูริทตฺโต, January 20, 1870 to November 11, 1949

First posted thisd a few years ago. I’m reposting as the anniversary of Ajahn Mun’s death is coming up on 11 November. There is no way I could attempt to explain the impact of Ajahn Mun and the Bhikkhus of his lineage have had on me over the past, more than 30 years. From Ajahn Sumadho and the Bhikkhu Sangha in England, Bhante Gunaratana and Rahula in West Virginia and for nearly 20 years in Thailand.
You can download to read his few writing  HERE His Biography HERE as well as “Patipada Venerable Ācariya Mun’s Path of Practice” “In this book, Ajaan Mahā Boowa describes in detail the lifestyle and training practices of Ajaan Mun and his disciples. It is a way of life rooted in the Buddhist ideal of the wandering monk who, having renounced the world and gone forth from the household, dresses in robes made from discarded cloth, depends on alms for a living and takes the forest as his dwelling place. The emphasis is on an austere meditative lifestyle that is directed toward uprooting every aspect of greed, hatred, and delusion from the heart.”

The 11th comes to Thailand about half a day before it starts Veterans Day here in Eastern United States

I am not big on quotes, but here ya go

I rejoice in the inconceivably vast oceans of good actions performed by conscious beings since beginningless time’

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela

‘Ordinary, ignorant worldly people are under the impression that there is this religion and that religion, and that these religions are different, so different that they’re opposed to each other. Such people speak of “Christianity,” “Islam,” “Buddhism,” “Hinduism,” “Sikhism,” and so on, and consider these religions to be different, separate, and incompatible. These people think and speak according to their personal feelings and thus turn the religions into enemies. Because of this mentality, there come to exist different religions which are hostilely opposed to each other.’Those who have penetrated to the essential nature of religion will regard all religions as being the same. Although they may say there is Buddhism, Judaism, Taoism, Islam, or whatever, they will also say that all religions are inwardly the same. However, those who have penetrated to the highest understanding of Dhamma will feel that the thing called “religion” doesn’t exist after all. There is no Buddhism; there is no Christianity; there is no Islam. How can they be the same or in conflict when they don’t even exist? It just isn’t possible. Thus, the phrase “No religion!” is actually Dhamma language of the highest level. Whether it will be understood or not is something else, depending upon the listener, and has nothing to do with the truth or with religion.’Source: No Religion, a dhamma-talk given by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, translated from the Thai by Bhikkhu Punno

 

may all beings be well

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