Name List of the First Nine Famous Monks In Thailand
1. Luang Phor Tuad
2. Luang Pu Mun Bhuridatta
3. (Somdej Toh) Somdej Phra Buddhachan Toh Promrangsi
4. (Luang Pu Toh) Phra Rajsangwornbhimon
5. (Luang Phor Ngern) Buddhachote
6. (Luang Phor Derm) Chromophore
7. Luang Phor Ban
8. (Luang Phor Sodh) Sodh Candasaro
9. (Luang Poo Suk) Phra Kru Vimolkunakorn
1. Luang Phor Tuad (B.E.2125)
The western year 1582 - Wat Changhai, Pattani province.
The legend of a high priest, Luang Phor Tad (LP Tuad) originated from the Kingdom of Ayutthaya period. It was Thailand capital that existed from 1350 to 1767, and have lived during the reign of King Maha Dhammaraja. In the mid-sixteenth century. His exact date of birth is not known, just recounted from ancestors in his holiness. This information was composed to be an LP Tuad biography. LP Tuad ordained as a novice at the age of 15 and as a monk in his early years living at Wat Phra Kho in Songkhla province. LP Tuad decided his pilgrimage travel to Ayutthaya province to gain more experience, and he resided in an old temple name Wat Rachanuwat outside the city where he continued to study the Buddhist scriptures.
According to legend, when LP Tuad was a child hanged in the cradle between two big shady trees near the paddy field, he was nearly attacked by a giant snake curled around him, to everyone's surprise, he remained unharmed. Instead, the snake spat out a snake pearl to him and left away. Another miracle is that LP Tuad changed the seawater into drinking water somewhere in the ocean on the way to Ayutthaya province. LP Tuad returned to Wat Phra Kho, Songkhla as a famous monk, later he left his remaining in Wat Phra Kho. In the temple, you can see the replica image of LP Tuad, and his Walking Stick, Foot Print and Crystal Snake Pearl being enshrined there – eventually he became the abbot of Wat Changhai in Pattani province. It is said that LP Tuad passed away in Malaysia, his disciples remain his cremation at Wat Changhai, his second resided temple. The date of his death is unknown. LP Tuad that had left the world and attained enlightenment worthy of nirvana, but remained in the human world helping people.
2. (Luang Pu Mun) Bhuridatta (B.E.2413~2492)
The western year 1870 ~ 1949 - Wat Pa Suthawas, Sakon Nakhon province.
Luang Pu Mun was born in 1870, in a farming village named Baan Kham Bong, in present-day Si Mueang Mai District, Ubon Ratchathani Province of northeastern Thailand, He was born into the Lao-speaking family of Kanhaew with his parents. He was the eldest of nine children: eight boys and one girl. LP Mun was first ordained as a novice monk at age 16, in the local village monastery of Khambong. His life as a small boy, he studied Buddhist teachings, history and folk legends in Khom, Khmer and Tham scripts from fragile palm leaf texts stored in the monastery library. He remained a novice for two years, until 1888, when he needed to leave the monastery, at his father's request.
LP Mun was fully ordained as a monk at the age of 22, in 1893, at Wat Liap monastery in the provincial city of Ubon Ratchatani. Venerable Phra Ariyakavi was his preceptor. LP Mun was given the Buddhist name "Bhuridatta" (meaning "blessed with wisdom") at his ordination. After ordination, LP Mun went to practice meditation with Archan Sao of Wat Liap in Ubon, where he learned to practice the monastic traditions of Laos. Archan Sao taught LP Mun meditation method to calm the mind. Archan Sao often took LP Mun wandering in the forests along the Mekong River, where they practice meditation together. This is known as "Thudong" in Thai. LP Mun resided at Wat Baan Nong Pue from 1944 until he passed away at the age of 79. His disciples placed his remains at Wat Pa Suthawas, Sakon Nakhon province.
3. (Somdej Toh) Somdej Phra Buddhachan Toh Promrangsi (B.E.2331~2415)
The western year 1788 ~ 1871 - Wat Rakang Kositaram, Bangkok.
Somdej Toh was born in 1788 in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, Somdej Toh was ordained as a novice monk in 1800 at the age of 12 and is one of the most famous Buddhist monks during Thailand Rattanakosin period. It is believed that he is the son of King Rama II of the Chakri Dynasty. At the age of 21, the year 1807 - he was ordained as a monk under the Royal Patronage at Wat Praseeratanasasadaram (Wat Prakeo) in Bangkok. He studied the Buddhist scriptures of the Pali Canon with several Buddhist masters. The venerable monk was known to be a good speaker as well as a highly intelligent and compassionate person. He was also persistent and patient. He made many Buddha images for temples and most notably 73 models of Phra Somdej.
He also built many Buddha statues and temples. After becoming a well-known monk, he became the preceptor for Prince Mongkut, later when Mongkut became a monk. In 1864 at the age of 76 during Rama IV reign Somdej Toh was given the ceremonial name Phra Buddhacharn Toh Phomarangsi. His tenure in the monastery began in the reign of King Rama I until the reign of King Rama IV, a total of 65 years. Somdej Toh is said to have been the teacher of King Rama V when he was young. He was noted for the skill of his preaching and used of Thai poetry to reflect the beauty of Buddhism and for making amulets called Phra Somdej. This highly revered Phra Somdej amulet is originated from Wat Rakang "Temple of Bell" in Bangkok. The amulets were blessed by him and other respected famous monks in Thailand. He passed away in 1871 the age of 83. He is probably one of the most respected monks in Thailand.
4. (Luang Pu Toh) Phra Rajsangwornbhimon (B.E.2430~2524)
The western year 1887 ~ 1981 - Wat Pradoo Chimpli, Bangkok.
Luang Pu Toh was born in 1887 in Samut Songkhram, and he is the eldest with a younger brother in the family, He was sent to Wat Gojao to get education by his parents when he was very young. According to a story told by the villagers LP Toh parents passed away when he was at the age of 13, and there is nobody to look after these two siblings at that time, so his relative monk Papishujah brought them to Wat Pradoo Chimpli, at that time LP Toh stay in the temple and began his life with the Buddhist Monk’s hood. So they don’t have to worry about their daily needs. As time passed, at the age of 17, LP Toh decided to ordain as a novice monk. During that time Luang Phor Jieu is the abbot of Wat Pradoo Chimpli, he personally tonsured for LP Toh. Unfortunately, on the same day, Luang Phor Jieu passed away. After Luang Phor Jieu passed away, Luang Phor Kang becomes the new abbot of the temple.
At that time LP Toh began his studies with Luang Phor Kang. As time goes by, Luang Phor Kang passed away to the end of his life; LP Toh is the only one who is so familiar within the temple and have become the abbot of the temple. When LP Toh became the abbot of Wat Pradoo Chimpli, he has to responsible to ensure that he should work hard to manage the whole temple. He has to make his effort no matter on preaching or holding the ceremony. In his life, he has made many amulets for devotees and often goes to practising in the deep mountain to increase his bahramee (power). LP Toh has a large number of religious followers. His behaviours, responsibility was identified with loved and respected by everyone and was served in royalty. He passed away in 1981 at the age of 94 and was granted with Royal Ceremonial funeral.
5. (Luang Phor Ngern) Buddhachote (B.E.2353~2462)
The western year 1810 ~ 1919 - Wat Bangklan, Pichit province.
Luang Por Ngern was born in 1810 during the reign of King Rama I at Bangklan Village, Pichit Province. He begins his education at Wat Tongpu, official name Wat Chanasongkram in Bangkok where he was also ordained as a novice monk at the age of 20, where he remained at the temple for several years practice meditation before departing to Wat Kongkaram (Wat Bangklan Tai) in Pichit province where he spent considerable time in Thudong (forest). During that time when Somdej Toh remains alive, LP Ngern often visited Wat Rakang to pay respect and to learn sacred sciences from him.
One day LP Ngern decided to travel to the north until he reached a Village there he decided sapling the Bodhi tree where he cuts it from a large bodhi tree at the main entrance of the temple. He prayed to Lord Buddha and asked if this location was suitable to build a temple, and if granted it will show a favorable encouragement from the cutting he had planted. The stem cutting successfully grows into a beautiful Bodhi tree, and it was at the location where LP Ngern built the temple known as Wat Wantago. As an abbot of the temple, LP Ngern had all sorts of visitors daily. Luang Phor Ngern passed away in 1919 at the age of 109, having served the Buddhist faith for 90 years. LP Ngern is, without doubt, the most famous monk to originate from Pichit province, respected both for his sacred power of amulets.
6. (Luang Phor Derm) Chromophore (B.E.2403~2494)
The western year 1860 ~ 1951 - Wat Nong Pho, Nakhon Sawan province.
Luang Phor Derm was born in 1860 and is one of the greatest guru monks in Thailand. He has helped to develops many temples in the province as well as the neighbouring area, including Pichit, Phitsanulok and Chainat. LP Derm sacred amulet has done a great job winning the hearts and respect of the people across Thailand. Its main purpose for creating amulets is comprehensively for self-protection as same as his magic knives. In a long time past, the elephant is served as carrier, LP Derm kept many elephants to carries him wherever he goes, LP Derm loved all his elephants, he had special knowledge’s (Yana) to detect elephants' mind and to communicate with them. As a preceptor, LP Derm was often invited to many temples to preside over the ordain ceremony. With his great benevolent goodness, he always worries about the water in the temple’s pond, which is the main supply for all occasions within the temple.
When the pond was shallower during the dry season, LP Derm will go to meditate and beg for rain. When LP Derm was getting old, one day his disciples report to him that the water in the pond will be dry up if there is no rain within these few days. LP Derm nodded his head while he was lying sick on the floor. "My sons I am going to leave this world, I wish all of you be a good monks’ and be happy forever, so don't worry about the water in the pond", he said. A few minutes later, LP Derm passed away. Suddenly, the lighting flashed from the sky and the thunder strikes, and its rain heavily about one hour, and later the pond was filled with water. The great monk often miraculously passed away in this manner. Luang Phor Derm passed away in 1951 at the age of 91.
7. Luang Phor Ban (B.E.2418~2481)
The western year 1875 ~ 1938 - Wat Bangnomko, Ayutthaya province.
Luang Phor Ban was born in 1875 in Bangnomko village, Ayutthaya province. He is a good and diligent kid. When LP Ban was at the age of 20, joining the short-term monk and hopes to have the chance to learn from a prominent master. After LP Ban finished his short term monk, he felt interested in Buddha dharma and enjoyed learning it and seek approver from his parents before he ordained as a novice monk. At that year in 1895 there held a ceremony at Wat Bangnomko a temple near his house, serves by Luang Phor Soon, and the master of the ceremony was Archan Joi and certified by Archan Jing. LP Ban wanted to learn with LP Soon and with his sincerity LP Soon is willing to accept him as an apprentice. LP Ban is cautious and hard-working on recite scripture, and he would review whatever he learned.
Later on, with his studies, LP Ban became the disciple of Archan Jing. Even Archan Jing was willing to teach him more Buddha dharma and the arts of black magic, and he became the favourite disciples of Archan Jing. After some time, LP Ban decided to leave Archan Jing and wish to travel to Bangkok to get more experience, but unfortunately, Archan Jing is not willing to tell him where he can gain. Without Archan Jing help LP Ban went back to Wat Bangnomko to seek for help. Luang Pu Kai of Wat Bangnomko persuaded him to go to Wat Saket in Bangkok to find Archan Jeng. He stayed at Wat Saket for many years and continued practising in the forest until he feels that there is nothing left for him to learn. He returns to Wat Bangnomko in the year 1931 he was titled as a heritable teacher of Buddhism. LP Ban passed away in 1938 at the age of 63.
8. (Luang Phor Sodh) Sodh Candasaro (B.E.2427~2502)
The western year 1884 ~ 1959 – Wat Paknam, Bangkok.
Ven. Luang Phor Sodh was born in 1884. Being the eldest son with five siblings, he was a very hardworking and filial son who took care of his mother for 19 years. When he was young, he makes his living by selling rice and has been robbed many times on his way travel frequently from Suphan Buri to Bangkok. LP Sodh enters Buddhism monkhood after the age of 20. He has determined that he will pass as a practising monk, practising the path to enlightenment taught by the Buddha. Before being the Abbot of Wat Paknam, LP Sodh was from Wat Mahathat of Suphan Buri. Even then, LP Sodh was a very sincere benefactor who supports Dhamma and Sanghas in every possible way; he is one of the greatest guru monks of Thailand at Wat Paknam. His name is popularly called as Ven. Luang Phor Wat Paknam. He retrieved the extinct Wichah Dhammagaya and refreshed it to become widely known in Thailand and overseas.
LP Sodh was a disciple of Luang Phor Niam of Wat Noi, and Luang Phor Nong of Wat Ba Dat. LP Sodh attained Wichah Dhammagaya in 1916 and since then was teaching the knowledge of Dhamma. Wichah Dhammagaya is a very supernatural Dhamma, with his intermediate level practise he could bring defences of miracles, such as creating weather rituals in the area at wish, healing sickness that the modern physician unable to cure, finding hidden or lost objects, predicting the future or back to the past beyond your fate, destiny, karma and much more. Wichah Dhammagaya is so miraculous that has the abilities’ to defect all kinds of black magic, with those who have been cursed by black magic will be removed by Wichah Dhammagaya. He started creating amulets in 1950 for all donors who helped and supported building the large Dhamma school. LP Sodh passed away in 1959 at the age of 75.
9. (Luang Poo Suk) Phra Kru Vimolkunakorn (B.E.2390~2466)
The western year 1847 ~ 1923 - Wat Makham Tao, Chainat province.
Luang Poo Suk was born in 1847 in Moo Bahn Pahk Klorng Makhamthao, Wat Sing district, in the northern part of Chainat province. When LP Suk was at the age of 10 his mother sent him to Krung Thep (Bangkok) to be raised by his uncle. When LP Suk reached the age for ordaining, he went to Wat Poh Trong Lang and was ordained as a novice monk. His preceptor was Phra UpachaYacui JannaTasiri. His ordain's name was called Gesaroh. LP Suk studied Dhamma and Samadhi at Wat Poh Trong Lang until he was ready to go Thudong. He met many guru masters during his travel in Thudong, and he learned Wichah (magical powers) from them. One of the guru masters who taught him Wichah was Archan Thum Wua Daeng. Archan Thum Wua Daeng is also the teacher who has ever taught LP Ngern of Wat Bangklan in Pichit province, who was famous for his sacred power of amulets.
LP Suk went back to his hometown after many years in Thudong. His parents urged him to remain in their village, and LP Suk also stayed back and rebuilt Wat Makham Tao, from a small village temple to a large and beautiful temple, and became the abbot of the village's temple of Wat Makham Tao. LP Suk has many disciples, ordained and lay disciples. Krom Luang Chumpron is one of his closest lay disciples, who was the son of His Majesty King Rama IV. LP Suk taught him everything he knew about Dhamma and Wichah. One of his abilities is his power and magic to change any objects into different sizes, even a big animal into a flies. This is one of LP Suk skills. He has never taught anyone, except Krom Luang Chumpron. Until today nobody knows about this skill, LP Suk was revered as having high spiritual power and was the royal teacher of H.R.H. Krom Luang Chumporn. Krom Luang Chumpron passed away on the same year as LP Suk. LP Suk passed away in 1923 at the age of 76.