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The Teacher: Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Tan Ajarn with cane Buddhadasa Bhikkhu founded Suan Mokkh after giving up on the monastic system in Bangkok. He found the Wats (temples) there dirty, crowded, and corrupt, nothing like the purer, more simple Buddhism of his birthplace. Thus, returned to the South and moved into an abandoned temple near his hometown. At first living alone, then with others as news of his experiment spread, he took a radical look into the sources of Theravada Buddhism and dedicated his life to following the pristine Dhamma and correcting the numerous mistaken beliefs and practices that had crept in over the centuries. Some hated him, others loved him. Why not see what he has to offer? See below for some of his teachings.

Click here for more information about the Life of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu.

Recent articles in Honor of his Centenary (2006)
Nalanda website | Liberation Park site

Merchant Family Roots (pdf)

The Middle Way Life in a World of Polarity (pdf)

Ajahn Buddhadasa & Inter-Religious Understanding (pdf)

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu & His Practice of Dhammic Socialism (pdf)

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu: Life & Society through the Natural Eyes of Voidness
(a chapter in Engaged Buddhism with biographical material)

For some images of Tan Ajarn and his cremation, please click here.

Interested in the monastery he founded?

Updated 13 Jun 2007 by Evolution/Liberation