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Ajaan Mun is a towering figure in contemporary Thai Buddhism. He was widely revered 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 disciples. The epitome of a wandering monk intent on renunciation and solitude, he assumed an exalted status in B Ajaan Mun is a towering figure in contemporary Thai Buddhism. He was widely revered 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 disciples. The epitome of a wandering monk intent on renunciation and solitude, he assumed an exalted status in Buddhist circles, his life and teachings becoming synonymous with the Buddha’s noble quest for self-transformation. This book is for FREE distribution only! Any inquiries or digital format of this book can be obtained freely at www.forestdhamma.org


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Ajaan Mun is a towering figure in contemporary Thai Buddhism. He was widely revered 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 disciples. The epitome of a wandering monk intent on renunciation and solitude, he assumed an exalted status in B Ajaan Mun is a towering figure in contemporary Thai Buddhism. He was widely revered 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 disciples. The epitome of a wandering monk intent on renunciation and solitude, he assumed an exalted status in Buddhist circles, his life and teachings becoming synonymous with the Buddha’s noble quest for self-transformation. This book is for FREE distribution only! Any inquiries or digital format of this book can be obtained freely at www.forestdhamma.org

30 review for Venerable Ācariya Mun Bhuridatta Thera: A Spiritual Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Garry Bernardy

    I think this is the only book told the story of Ajahn Mun, who most view him as an Arahat, the highest stages of attainment. This story is motivational, that here, in modern world there is still people who able to achieve this stage. This story told some extraordinary life of Ajahn Mun such as his ability to read mind, teaching devas and nagas, how he strife to attain arahathood, how after he became arahat meet the Buddha & other Arahats. Some of this story quite controversial, since the story i I think this is the only book told the story of Ajahn Mun, who most view him as an Arahat, the highest stages of attainment. This story is motivational, that here, in modern world there is still people who able to achieve this stage. This story told some extraordinary life of Ajahn Mun such as his ability to read mind, teaching devas and nagas, how he strife to attain arahathood, how after he became arahat meet the Buddha & other Arahats. Some of this story quite controversial, since the story is so unbelievable to be true. But from this book at least I, as a Buddhist, learn to fight kilesa(defilement) till the end, how we must strife to achieve enlightenment and never give up.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lahiru Sandaruwan

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  3. 5 out of 5

    MeLita

    In the year 2004, my teacher gave me this book, so I felt compelled to read it. The fact is, I didn't read much before, and to read 400pages book of a spiritual master biography in ENGLISH seemed to be a hard and incredibly boring task at that time! Once I started reading it though, I just couldn't stop! With my bare English at that time, I had to read this book with the aid of two dictionaries (English-Indonesian dictionary, and English-English dictionary). I lined up so many important things, In the year 2004, my teacher gave me this book, so I felt compelled to read it. The fact is, I didn't read much before, and to read 400pages book of a spiritual master biography in ENGLISH seemed to be a hard and incredibly boring task at that time! Once I started reading it though, I just couldn't stop! With my bare English at that time, I had to read this book with the aid of two dictionaries (English-Indonesian dictionary, and English-English dictionary). I lined up so many important things, wrote down so many words I didn't understand at that time, in the end this book looks so much like a 'school-book'. This is the book that starts the motion in me to read, that makes me LOVE to read, especially to read in biography and memoir genres! This book is just amazing! As the towering figure in contemporary Thai Buddhism, Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Thera can be called the father of the Duthanga Kammatthana monks in Thailand. In fact, almost all Buddhists in Thailand today are in his lineage, are his followers and disciples. Many consider and liken him as the Buddha in our era; when people thought that the goal of final enlightenment (Nibbana) is already impossible in today's era, Ajaan Mun came and showed us that it is still possible. He achieved it, attained arahantship and showed us the way! Ajaan Mun sort of brought back the real 'living' Buddhism to today's era, showing that it is still possible, proving that it is not only things of the past or things in the mere future when the next Buddha comes. This very book is his ONLY complete and authentic biography, written by his close disciple Ajaan Maha Boowa who himself is a renown teacher in contemporary Thai Buddhism, who himself has attained final goal of enlightenment and become a great teacher in his own right! This is one of the very few books that Ajaan Maha Boowa actually wrote himself. This translation, done by Bhikkhu Dick Silaratano, a close disciple of Ajaan Maha Boowa for more than 30years, is also the only complete translation of this book from Thailand to English! In this book, the author and translator tell us the story of Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Thera since his childhood, accompanied by quite a graphical explanation of cultural background in Thailand in that era. His childhood, his life when he was a young boy, his encounters with Buddhism, his ordination, his struggles and pursue in practices, his encounters with many divine beings as well as those in the lower realm, his way in teaching his disciples, his charismatic. He is pretty much the one who changes the whole Thailand's belief system; from the believe in the spirit to the real practice of Buddhism in everyday life! Normally a Spiritual Master always has a 'saint' aura in our eyes, but here Ajaan Maha Boowa shows us how mischievous Ajaan Mun could be when he was a young boy, his jokes and faults (I can't stop laughing every time I get into his mischievous part). It gives proof that a 'saint' was also a child at one time, that saints were not born holy. The holiness is achieved by hardship and discipline, by resolution and effort and not by mere birth. To that end, any of us, if we do it right, can achieve what Ajaan Mun achieved, the final goal of enlightenment. In reading this book I liken it to the Lord Buddha's story. The difference is that this book is more real, more applicable, more in our era. Reading the Lord Buddha and his Great Disciples as well as all the Suttas are nice and enlightening, but they give me the feeling of 'so far away in the past', those books sometimes give me doubt whether it is still applicable in today's era? But reading Ajaan Mun's Biography giving me the real insight that IT IS still applicable now, it gives me the feeling of the real-living-Buddhism that can be achieved today, now. This is a truly masterpiece!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    This is an excellent biography about a highly realized Thai monk who followed the practices of the forest dwelling monks. His intensity and experiences are amazing. It's written by a student, who did extensive research, interviewing other students and teachers.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sami

    i think every dedicated buddhist should read this book. Respects for the thai forest tradition.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Evan

    Terrifying.

  7. 4 out of 5

    wens

    Awesome

  8. 5 out of 5

    Isaac Spencer

    Rich and inspirational. This book made me realize the importance of scrupulously monitoring my thoughts and the need to address negative emotions as soon as they arise.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sajith Maduranga

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angela Morelli

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joel Bandeira

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Sunjay

  13. 4 out of 5

    Wendell Roth

  14. 4 out of 5

    Silvanus

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gayani

  16. 5 out of 5

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Isølatiøn

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chaminda

  19. 4 out of 5

    Null

  20. 5 out of 5

    Keith Spence

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sajith Maduranga

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ayanthi

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lakshman Wannigama

  24. 4 out of 5

    Yixuan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mike Jolliffe

  26. 4 out of 5

    Waterlearner

  27. 5 out of 5

    Srini Ramakrishnan

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kk

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mircea

  30. 4 out of 5

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