Sunday, 3 May 2009

Monk’s Living Quarters from Four Regions - Pt 2

Northern Region Monk’s Living Quarters

Guru Ba Srivijaya SirivichyoWat Bang Pang, Lee District, Lamphun
Guru Ba Srivijaya was regarded as the ideal "Saint" of Thai Lanna. "Fuan" or "In-Fuan" was his former name since there was heavy rain and thunder during the time he was born on June 11, 1878 at Pang Village, Mae Tuen Sub-district, Lee District, Lamphun.

He was ordained as a novice at the age of 18 and then became monk in 1898 at Wat Ban Hong Luang, Bang Hong District, Lampoon. While in the monkshood, he was given the Buddhist name "Siri Vichyo Phikhu" and learnt spiritual contemplation with Phra Guru Ba U-Pala at Wat Doi Kae, Mae Tha District, Lamphun.

Guru Ba Srivijaya was very stringent in his practice of Buddhism. This made Thai Buddhists very devoted to him and they had strong faith in him until they were inspired to build a special road up to Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, in his honor. The special road was first started on November 9, 1934 and finished on April 30, 1935.He was also the main force in rearranging the Thai Lanna Tripitaka (book of holy scriptures) and took part in the development and renovation of many temples. It is not surprising that he is called the "Saint" of Thai Lanna or "Phra Guru Ba Sri Dhamma Chao" as he noticeably did many things beneficial to Buddhism.

Luangpu Wan SujinnoWat Doi Mae Pang, Phrao District, Chiang Mai

Luangpu Wan Sujinno was regarded as "Phra Ariyasong", an enlightened one. He was born on January 16, 1887 at Ban Pong District, Muang District, Loei. His mother faced a severe illness when Luangpu Wan was only 5 years old. Before she died, she asked him to live his whole life as a monk. He was ordained as a novice at the age of 9 at Wat Pho Ban Pong, Loei Province, and then moved to Wat Sang Tho Nok, Ubon Ratchathani Province, to study Buddhism.

He then became a full monk and lived at the temple until he was 20 years old. Luangpu Wan traveled to Sakon Nakhon Province in the Northeastern part of Thailand to be a disciple of Phra Arjarn Man Phurithat Toh before moving to Wat Phra Boromniwas in Bangkok to meet with Phra U Ba Lee Khu Nuu Pa Jarn (Siri Chantho), who once learnt Dhamma under the Venerable Phra Arjarn Man Phurithat To. He was also the monk that Phra Arjarn Man Phurithat Toh had praised and admired about his good morality and Dhamma. Then, Luangpu Wan returned to the north on a pilgrimage during the lunar month in 1962 and stayed to live at Wat Doi Mae Pang. He passed away on July 2, 1985, when he was 98 years old. He had lived his life as a monk for 78 years.

Source - Siam Cultural Park

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