Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Tok Raja

Khron Ratchanaren (known as Tok Raja) was born Thursday, December 1, BE2419 (1876). He was sent to Wat Uttamaram by his parents when he was 12 years old to learn Buddhism and the Thai language. He stayed with Archan Lok who was the main temple abbot of the time. Tok had shown great interest in Buddhism and became a "Dek Jom " under the supervision of Bhikkhu (monks) in the temple. In addition, he also learned the craft and construction. He said once that even the faithful from an early age, he has the ambition to join the monk hood and stay in the temple to learn Buddhism unlike its other kampung (village) than boys the same age , which also preferred to remain in their homes in the Kampung. Ordination (Upasombot) Tok joined monastic (Bhikkhu), June 15, 2438 (1895) when he was 21 years old. The ordination took place at Wat Uttamaram and was ordained by monks:

1) Phra Chai Upatcha of Wat Mai Suwankhiri

2)Phra Khru Ophart Phuthakhun of Wat and Chon Prachumthart

3) Phra Phut Athikarn of Wat Bangtakwa Silaloi who became Kammavacanusavanacarn.

Tok then gave a name known as Buddhist Punnaksuwanno. Seeking knowledge After becoming a monk, Tok stayed at Wat Uttamatam for two phansa after Tok visited Thailand in the South to learn the language Pali and at that point is known as the general ledger. Tok has resided at Wat Nai huaphom Songkhla in Buddhism and learn more thoroughly. He also learned "Phrakhatha vertmon " consisting "Khamphi Mulkachai " and "Khamphi Thammadboth " in Huaporm Wat Nai and in the Vipassana technique Kammatharn Songkhla for 15 years. In the year 2449 BE, Tok was appointed Chief Abbot of Wat for 10 years. Because Tok needs to be back in Malaysia, he resigned from the post of head of the Abbot of Wat Huaporm Nai. Once back in Thailand, he became the head of the Abbot of Wat Mai Suwankhiri for 6 years before returning to Wat Uttamaram been transferred and became the head of the Abbot of Wat BE during the year 2468. He taught Vippassana meditation and ubasok ubasika Buddhaborisat the kampung folks as well as fundamental Buddhist Vertmon Katha its students.

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