Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Mahathera (1870-1949)
Phra Ajaan Mun was born in 1870 in Baan Kham Bong, a farming village in Ubon Ratchathani province, northeastern Thailand. Ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1893, he spent the remainder of his life wandering through Thailand, Burma, and Laos, dwelling for the most part in the forest, engaged in the practice of meditation. He attracted an enormous following of students and, together with his teacher, Phra Ajaan Sao Kantasilo Mahathera (1861-1941), established the forest meditation tradition (the Kammatthana tradition) that subsequently spread throughout Thailand and to several countries abroad. He passed away in 1949 at Wat Suddhavasa, Sakon Nakhorn province. [Adapted from the Introduction to A Heart Released.] For more about Ajaan Mun and the history of the Kammatthana tradition, see the essay "The Customs of the Noble Ones," by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
The Ballad of Liberation from the Khandhas, by Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Mahathera, translated from the Thai by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (1995; 29k/9pp.) This poem, composed sometime in the 1930's, is one of the few known written teachings left to us by Ajaan Mun.
The Ever-present Truth: Teachings of Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Mahathera, by Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Mahathera, translated from the Thai by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (1997; 21k/7pp.) Eight short fragments drawn from Ajaan Mun's sermons given during the last two years of his life. These fragments were originally appended to the book A Heart Released as part of a commemorative volume distributed at Phra Ajaan Mun's cremation in 1950. The selections included here comprise all of the passages dealing directly with the practice of virtue and meditation.
A Heart Released: The Teachings of Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Mahathera, by Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Mahathera, translated from the Thai by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (1995; 58k/19pp.) Seventeen excerpts from Dhamma teachings delivered by Ajaan Mun in 1944-45.
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