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He was a first generation student of the Thai Forest Tradition and a disciple of Ajahn Munone of the founding teachers of the lineage. Following the death of Ajahn Mun inhe was considered to be the Ajahn Yai, or the head of the Thai Forest Tradition lineage until his death in Ajahn Thate was born into the family of Ree-o rahng on 26 April in the Buddhist calendar the fourth day of the waning moon in the year of the tiger.
His father’s first name was Usah, and his mother’s Krang. They were rice-farmers and both had grown up as fatherless orphans. Thate was one of ten children. One of his fellow disciples at that time was the Ajahn Ghate.
Mindfulness stayed with the heart right up to the final moment when only the barest awareness remained.
A feeling was present that to release that faint degree of awareness would be death. At this point, the question became whether it would be better for me to let go and allow death to take place.
I felt that my heart was currently quite pure and that if I were to let go, I wouldn’t lose because of it. Although there also remained a delicate feeling that expressed the thought that: If it were all to finish here with my death, then it could only be to my own purely personal advantage.
Also, people wouldn’t know the full circumstances and causes of this death. If that’s the case, it’s certainly better not to let myself die. It took some effort on my part to move the body and by that come back to waking consciousness again.
My own understanding at that time was that the stilled, one-pointed heart, didn’t allow thoughts to careen away externally and so would definitely be able to transcend every bit of suffering. I thought that wisdom’s only function was to purge the out-wanderings of the heart and return it to a state of stillness. Thate came to dwell and meditate in the forest near what is now Wat Hin Makpeng in There, as well as constructing kutirs or sleeping quarters and temples for the monks, he assisted with funding local schools, hospitals and sewerage treatment works.
The Ajahn Thate became widely renowned for his humility and the development of his consciousness through Buddhist meditation not just through all sections of society in Thailand but internationally, particularly as a result of international speaking and meditation practise tours to Singapore, Indonesia and Australia. In addition to his large following of disciples in ThailandAjaan Thate trained many western disciples in meditation.
He wrote a profound short book on the practise of meditation. The temple compound sala is spacious, clean and shady with various species of plants growing around the marble floor and tiled columns. Nearby are small wooden kutirs occupied by the monks.
During the time of Ajahn Thate a gong would sound well before dawn to signal the time when the monks would begin their practise of prolonged concentration of the mind on a single point. Around dawn the monks would file out with their bowls to receive food from the villagers.
This was taken back to the temple to be consumed as their only meal of the day. The rest of the day was spent sweeping the paths, studying scriptures or in spiritual discussion with Ajahn Thate. A cup of sugared tea was available at lunch and in the afternoon. Chanting took place in the temple after dark and before sleep meditation was again practised.
The cremation of Venerable Ajahn Thate took place on 8 Januarya day of bright sunshine.
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People from all over Thailand — led by HM the King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the royal family — came to pay their final respects. Each region where the Venerable Ajahn had stayed was represented — even from overseas. It is estimated that there were ten thousand monks present and many hundreds of thousands of lay people. The temporary car park was filled with up to thirty thousand vehicles, including many small and large buses from all parts of Thailand.
There were free food stalls and refreshments. A half a million memorial books of the Venerable Ajahn Thate’s teachings were distributed free to those present. When all was ready, HM the King flew in by helicopter officially to lead the making of offerings and light the cremation fire. The monks followed this, filing past the coffin, then the dignitaries with all the ordinary people who had supported Venerable Ajahn Thate for more than seventy years as a monk. The actual cremation took place later that night with a full moon shining down on the crematorium with traditional Thai tiered-roofslake and fountain, specially built for the occasion.
These remain as a landmark and memorial to Venerable Ajahn Thate when devotees come to practice Dhamma and remember his example. The next morning, when the fire was cooled, the bones and ashes of Venerable Ajahn Thate were reverently removed and safeguarded as relics.
Inside the temple, there is a statue of Luangpu Thet on display with the eight requisites the three robes, the bowl, a razor, a needle, the girdle and a water-strainer and his biography. Thate’s basic teaching was that evolution of the human mind required a commitment to the Noble Eightfold Path and the three teachings at the heart of Buddhism — the avoidance of all evilthe perfection of skillfulness, and a purification of the heart.
These virtues have to be established first by constant application of the principles of morality in the face of obstacles. As Thate puts it in his classic small text thats meditation Steps Along the Path:. The next step is to train the mind to develop concentration samadhi and absorption jhana through the practice of tranquillity meditation.
Once the mind is adept at maintaining a steady focus, we can then develop clear tahte vipassana. That is, xjahn mind will withdraw from its external objects and gather into a single whole, letting go of all labels and attachments dealing with past or future.
There will be just bare awareness paired with its preoccupation in the present. This is something with no sense of “inside” or “outside” — a condition whose features are peculiar to the mind itself. It is as if everything has undergone a revolution.
They may delude a gullible person of weak judgment into being so convinced of their truth as to lose touch with reality. For this reason, those who practice thaet should be cautious, examining and reflecting on them carefully.
By and thafe, people who reach fixed penetration tend to focus on the in-and-out breath anapana as their object of meditation. As they focus on the breath and come to pay attention to its arising and falling away, or just to its thzte away, the mind gradually becomes more and more refined until, step by step, it lets go of all its preoccupations and gathers together. In his text Buddho Ajahn Thate describes what it is like when the mind has finally rid itself of preoccupation with sensual distractions and is able to focus on the breath, mantra, or a part of the body, in meditation: You’ll have no idea at all of what concentration or one-pointedness ajaahn mind is going to feel like.
You are simply intent on keeping mindfulness firmly focused on one object — and the power of a mind focused firmly on one object is what will bring you to a state of concentration. You won’t be thinking at all that concentration will be like this or like that, or that you want it to be akahn this or like that. It will simply take its thxte way, automatically.
No one can force it. At that moment you will feel as if you are in another world the world of the mindwith a sense of ease and solitude to which nothing else in the world can compare. When the mind withdraws from concentration, you will regret that that mood has passed, and you will remember it clearly.
All that we say about concentration comes from the mind which has withdrawn from that state. As long as it is still gathered in that ajqhn, we aren’t interested in what anyone else says or does.
You have to train the mind to enter this sort of concentration often, so as to become skilled and adept, but don’t try to remember your past states of concentration, and don’t let yourself want your concentration to be like it was before — because it won’t be that way, and you will just be making more trouble for yourself.
These contemplative study centres, based on models such as Ajahn Thate’s Wat Hin Maak Peng, are part of a Buddhist tradition that stretches back to the meditative university of Nalanda and Vikramashila in Northern India.
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