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It’s been some years when I first started reading about his life story in a Dharma book. Ever since then it had had developed in me a strong sense of urgency to come to visit Wat Amphawan and to see LP Jaran. My wish was granted in a very surprising way that I will try not to discuss it here. Wat Amphawan is located at Phromburi District within
To reach there would take almost 3 hours by leisure driving from Bangkok. On the way we stopped for a quick lunch at a small town village in Singburi in which I cannot recall the name (see picture).
This little village seems pretty nice with the locals running their daily business without the hustle and bustle of city life.
We had lunch at a nearby seafood restaurant just beside a river not far away from Wat Amphawan. After lunch we continued our journey to meet LP Jaran as he only meets devotees once a day due to his old age.
Main entrance signboard at Wat Amphawan
The banner advertisement near the main entrance is a new medal batch of LP Jaran made in year 2007 for donation to build the largest Phra Prom brass statue in Thailand if not the whole world that will serve as an important tourist attraction in the future. The front is LP's picture in his younger days and behind the medal is an image of Phra Prom.
This large Phra Phrom is located about 3 km away from Wat Amphawan. The blessing ritual to "open the eyes" of Phra Phrom was officially conducted by LP Jaran himself on 10 September 2008.
Local street traders selling all kinds of praying materials, flowers and food stuffs for visitors along the road at the main entrance
A long walkway leading visitors into the Main Hall
Main Hall to receive all visitors
A photo of LP Jaran taken inside the Main Hall after the venerable had conducted prayers and blessing to all visitors.
All visitors and faithful devotees are received warm hearthedly by LP Jaran himself. According to my Thai friend, people believed that LP Jaran had already attained Arahantship. Whether this is true or not, I still pay high respect to the Venerable. LP Jaran is a very serene monk with clear composure although he doesn't talk much. He can only speak with a faint voice due to his past karmic injury to his throat in a car accident years back on 14 Oct 1977. In his teachings, LP Jaran always reminded people not to commit karma and practice Vipassana meditation.
All visitors and faithful devotees are received warm hearthedly by LP Jaran himself. According to my Thai friend, people believed that LP Jaran had already attained Arahantship. Whether this is true or not, I still pay high respect to the Venerable.
LP Jaran is a very serene monk with clear composure although he doesn't talk much. He can only speak with a faint voice due to his past karmic injury to his throat in a car accident years back on 14 Oct 1977. In his teachings, LP Jaran always reminded people not to commit karma and practice Vipassana meditation.
Here is a brief overview of LP Jaran's biography. LP Jaran was born on August 15, 1928 at Tambon Muangmoo, Amphoe Mueang, Sing Buri Province. His father is Mr. Pae and mother is Mrs. Jerm Janyarak. LP Jaran finished fourth year of secondary school education in 1944. The Venerable entered the shade of saffron robe at the age of 20 and had stayed ever since. His ordination took place on July 15, 1948 at Wat Phrom Buri, Sing Buri.
Study of Dharma Vinaya and Meditation
1948: Studied the Dhamma (Teachings) and Vinaya (Discipline) at the Promburi Centre
1949: Passed the second grade of Dhamma Examinations at Wat Chaeng Promnakorn
1951: Studied meditation with Luang Pho Lee and Venerable Chao Khun Ariyagunadhara in Korn Kaen Province
1952: Studied making power objects and holy water with Luang Poh Jong from Wat Nah Thang in Ayudhaya Province and Phra Khru Vinitsutagun, Luang Poh Sanun of Wat Saotongtorng in Angthong Province and Luang Poh Jaht of Wat Bahn Sahng Prajinburi Province
1953: Studied calm (Samadhi) and insight meditation (Vipassana) with Phra Bhavanakosol Thera (Sot, Candasaro), otherwise known as Luang Poh Wat Pak Nam at Wat Pak Nam in Amphur Phasricharoen, Thonburi Province nearby Bangkok.
1954: Studied and practiced insight meditation with Chao Khun Acariya Phra Rajsiddhimuni at Wat Mahadhatu in Bangkok
1955: Studied Abhidhamma with Ajahn Tejin (a Burmese monk) at Wat Rakang, Thonburi Province nearby Bangkok and studied fortune telling with His Holiness the Sangharaja at Wat Srakes, in Bangkok.
LP Jaran studied and exchanged ideas about psychology with Ajahn Colonel Chom Sugandharat. He went wandering (dhutangga) in search of seclusion and suitable places to develop meditation practice among the forests and mountains of Northern Thailand.
Positions and Titles
1. Acting Abbot Wat Amphawan, Tambol Ban Paeng, Amphur Promburi, Singburi Province in 1957
2. Conferred the title Phra Khru Palat Jaran, Thitadhammo Thananugrom (assistant) of Chao Khun Sundaradhamma Praputh, Ecclesiastical Governor of Roy Et Province (while living in his own monastery of Wat Amphawan) in July 1958
3. Conferred the title of Phra Khru (sannabat) "Phra Khru Bhavanavisuddhi", Abbot of Wat Amphawan on December 5, 1968
4. Appointed as Ecclesiastical Head of Phrom Buri Disctrict in 1975
5. Conferred the title of "Phra Khru Bhavanavisuddhiguna" on December 5, 1988
6. Conferred the title of Phra Rajsuddhinanmongkol on August 12, 1992
7. Appointed Ecclesiastical Head of Singh Buri Province, 1999
8. Conferred the title Phra Debsinghapuracariya, 2001
Venerable LP Jaran is a gifted speaker, project developer and meditation teacher all in one, his achievements each year are many and they have been recognized on many occasions such as;
Thus it can be said that Venerable LP Jaran has dedicated his life to the development of society and he has long been a major refuge for Buddhists, both locally and at large.
LP Jaran seldom consecrates amulets and what we understand that the last batch was made 12 years ago. Other than that we knew through research LP Jaran had helped blessed the Phra Somdej Song Kaiser B.E.2529 batch together with other 99 senior Buddhist monks in that particular blessing ceremony. The compound within Wat Amphawan is large enough to conduct Vipassana Meditation classes for the public and also to serve requisites for monks staying here. One will also be able to find several Amulet stalls displaying all Wat Amphawan's consecrated holy items.
We are happy to be able to obtain LP Jaran rian as a memento of Wat Amphawan and to partake merit in the construction of the largest Phra Phrom. However, the most valuable item we each received is a poster of LP Jaran and chanting book containing Virtues of the Buddha "Buddhaguna", "Bahum" and "Mahaka” chants.
This pure Silver encased pendant of LP Jaran (front) and Phra Phrom (rear) was made in B.E.2550 (2007) for public donation funds to build the largest Phra Phrom statue in Amphur Phrom Buri district to provide divine protection to the people as well as to bring prosperity.
Advantages of Chanting the Virtues of the Buddha
Over the years many of the Dharma teachings by LP Jaran had been compiled into book recordings. We have decided to extract one of the Venerable's Dharma teaching on Chanting of The Virtues of the Buddha for all Dharma seekers to gain some knowledge. This reading material was extracted from the original English compilation and can be found inside Law of Karma & Dhamma Practice Book No. 3 produced by Wat Amphawan.
The following is the advantages of chanting Buddhaguna as shared by LP Jaran.....
I have noticed that people like to go to see fortunetellers if they experience bad times and perform ceremonies to free themselves of their “bad luck”. I have looked into this and sometimes it does indeed seem that our lives are fraught with “bad luck”, but I have devised this little chanting booklet, and I tell my followers to chant every day the virtues of the Buddha (Buddhaguna) once for each year of their lives and then one more, in order to improve their mindfulness. It has proved to be effective. The chanting begins with “Namo”, then the going for refuge to the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha, followed by the recollection of the virtues of the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha, then the Bahum and Mahaka chants. Having done that, one must then come back to the virtues of the Buddha (Buddhaguna) and chant only that once for each year of one’s age, and then one more. If you are 40 years old, for example, you chant it 41 times. If you are 35, you chant it 36 times.
There was one Christian lady who lived in Lad Prao (Bangkok). She was 51 years old. She was a widow and had one son. She was very wealthy, and had a lot of land in Bangkok. Most of the land by Klong Saen Saep up to Lad Prao belonged to her, hundreds of rai. She had sold a lot of it for hundreds of millions of Baht. Her son did not apply himself to his studies. She had sent him overseas to study for a degree in America, but he didn’t do any good with it. All he did was buy himself a car and fool around for three years. He wrote to his mother that he was studying and was almost finished, and could he have another 100,000, another 500,000?
In the end she didn’t know where to go or who to turn to. The fortunetellers said she had to pay money to do the right ceremonies so that her son would appy himself to his studies. She gave them the money, they did their ceremonies, but her son was the same as before. It just so happened there was a man from Singhburi who worked for her. One day they went together to Nakhon Sawan, and on the way, thinking that I may be able to help, he suggested they make a visit to my temple. She didn’t want to go, but he feigned a stomachache and said he had to go to the toilet, so they came in. The man actually went to the toilet. Then he came to see me and asked me to help.
At that time I didn’t know she was a Christian. He said, “Please help her, she only has one son. She lends me money often”. I said, let me see her first. He brought her in to see me, and she told me, “My son has gone to study in America, but he’s gotten nowhere. I’ve just found out that he has not obtained his degree, but has simply been taking all the Thai students around getting them into trouble. I’m on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Is there any way you can help?’ Just looking at her face I could tell that her son would definitely get a Master’s degree, and then go on to get a doctorate, but why was he failing in this studies?
The method :
I told her, “Patron, you must chant, chant the virtues of the Buddha 52 times a day.” At that time she was 51 years old. She said, “I can’t chant, I’m a Christian.” So that day nothing came of it, she couldn’t do it.
It was 4 or 5 months before she came back, I could remember her face. This time no-one brought her along, she came of her own accord, with two friends. She said, “I give up.” I said, “Do it this way, Patron. Go out and buy a chanting book.” “I don’t want to have a chanting book in the house, can’t you just write it out for me?" So I had to write it out. Later I got tired of writing out the chanting and had it printed up in leaflet form.
“Here, the Buddhaguna, Dhammaguna, Sanghaguna, Bahum and Mahaka.”
“I don’t bow to Buddha statues, can I chant this?”
“At your bed, just chant it there.”
“But I don’t know how to chant.”
“Just read it.”
“And how will I know when I’ve reached 52 times”
“Use match sticks, throw one down for each time. Just start doing it.
So she made up her mind to give it a try. I said, “When you’ve finished the chanting, spread thoughts of loving-kindness to your son. Don’t abuse him, don’t swear at him. Just wish that he attain all that is good, attain happiness and complete his studies successfully.”
In three months she could chant it all fluently. After a while she didn’t even have to use the match sticks. Two results came of this:
First, her nervous disorder disappeared, she could eat and sleep peacefully and was more cheerful. Being able to sleep soundly, her mind was happier. She began to feel that the good results of her actions she had dedicated to her son were getting to him. When a mother sends a dedication of merit to her son she knows it. Her son had been living extravagantly, he kept on asking for money from his mother without so much as a thought for her kindness. That day her dedication of merits reached him. It was six months after she had begun to chant. I wrote it down. That day her son had taken a group of Thai students for a drive, when the car crashed into a lamppost. His friends in the back seat were thrown out of the car, and none of them died or were hurt, but he was crushed into the lamppost. The post overturned, and they had to pay a lot in damages. He was flattened onto the steering wheel and went into a coma and had to go to hospital. Fortunately one of his cousins was a doctor in America. He went to visit, and it seemed that the patient had little chance of surviving. He was on oxygen. The American doctors said he was a goner.
The following day, he opened his eyes and realized he had survived, but he knew he was seriously hurt. He felt like he was going to die, and the tears streamed down his face. He missed his mother. People are like this, it’s only when they’re suffering that they think of their mothers. While they’re running around having a good time they don’t have a thought for their mothers. Even older people, eighty years old, on their death beds and almost on their last breaths, go a little delirious and start asking for their mothers, even if they’ve been dead for years.
Secondly, the son started to miss his mother a lot. “If mother found out that I haven’t been studying how disappointed she would be!” He determined to try to finish his studies as soon as he recovered. When the mother found out she was so happy she came to the Wat and offered a meal.
Eventually when the son had come back from America she brought him here, I gave him a Buddha amulet. He revealed what had happened. After he got well, he began to chant and practice meditation at the Thai Wat in America and studied insight meditation. He finished a B.A. and a M.A. and I knew he would get his Ph.D. as well.
This is the certain benefit arising from chanting. I tell you, children, or anybody for that matter, have to suffer before they’ll think of their mothers. As long as they haven’t met suffering, if you just keep giving them money, they spend it extravagantly and don’t spare a thought for their mothers. They have to suffer before they see the truth and see their own minds and hearts. He came and said to me. “Luang Poh, I never thought of my mother, three or four years I was in America. But in hospital I thought of her, I remembered how she made my food for me, then I came back. Then mother told me that Luang Poh had helped me.” He was filled with faith. I told him, “If you really believe me, go and have a haircut right now.” His hair was so long, down to his shoulders. So he had a haircut in Singhburi. He told me “I wasted money so badly, millions of Baht.” This was a clear example of the benefits of chanting, so I have made this little chanting booklet. If anybody is having bad luck, chant the Buddhaguna.
We would like to add that the Buddhist religion in the past 3000 years have never try to convert anyone into embracing Buddhism teaching until this present day. It is up to individual's virtue and merit to take up the profound teachings of the Buddha as it can never be forced upon. May the knowledge shared here give us the blessing for practicing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and Vipassana meditation.
The Buddhaguna, Bahum and Mahaka chanting in Pali language with English meaning is provided here for the benefit of those seeking refuge in the Triple Gems.
If readers want to read more about LP Jaran's Dharma teaching please view the next topic on Vipassana. Thank you.
Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
Start with paying homage to the Triple Gems in the beginning.....
Namo tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammasambuddhassa
(Repeat 3 times)
Buddham Saranam Gacchami
Dhammam Saranam Gacchami
Sangham Saranam Gacchami
Dutiyampi Buddham Saranam Gacchami
Dutiyampi Dhammam Saranam Gacchami
Dutiyampi Sangham Saranam Gacchami
Tatiyampi Buddham Saranam Gacchami
Tatiyampi Dhammam Saranam Gacchami
Tatiyampi Sangham Saranam Gacchami
(Worshipping the Enlightened One)
Iti’ pi so Bhagava, Araham Sammasambuddho, Vijjacaranasampanno, Sugato, Lokavidu, Anuttaro, Purisadhammasarathi,
Sattha Devamanussanam, Buddho, Bhagavati.
(Worshipping the Sacred Teaching)
Svakkhato Bhagavata Dhammo, Sanditthiko, Akaliko, Ehipassiko, Opanayiko, Paccattam veditabbo vinnuhiti.
(Worshipping the Holy Order)
Supatipanno Bhagavato savakasangho, Ujupatipanno Bhagavato savakasangho, Nayapatipanno Bhagavato savakasangho,
Sami cipatipanno Bhagavato savakasangho; Yadidam cattari purisayugani attha purisapuggala, esa Bhagavato Savakasangho,
Ahuneyyo, Pahuneyyo, Dakkhineyyo, Anjalikaraniyo, Anuttaram Punnakkhettam lokassati.
The Triple Gems
Homage to Him, the Blessed One, the Accomplished One, the Supremely Enlightened One,
(Repeat 3 times)
I go for Refuge to the Buddha (The Enlightened One)
I go for Refuge to the Dhamma (His Teaching)
I go for Refuge to the Sangha (His Holy Order)
For the second time, I go for Refuge to the Buddha
For the second time, I go for Refuge to the Dhamma
For the second time, I go for Refuge to the Sangha
For the third time, I go for Refuge to the Buddha
For the third time, I go for Refuge to the Dhamma
For the third time, I go for Refuge to the Sangha
(Worshipping the Enlightened One)
Thus indeed is the Blessed One: He is the Accomplished One, the Supremely Enlightened One, the Perfect Embodiment of Wisdom and Virtue, the Auspicious Path-finder, the Knower of All Realms, the Incomparable Tamer of Individuals, the Supreme Master of Gods and Men, the Awakened One, the Lord.
(Worshipping the Sacred Teaching)
The Teaching is perfectly enunciated by the Blessed One, is verifiable here and now, is with immediate fruit, invites all to test it for themselves, leads onward to Nibbana, and is to be experienced by the wise, each for himself.
(Worshipping the holy Order)
“The Order of Holy Disciples of the Blessed One is established on the right Way. The Order of Holy Disciples of the Blessed One is established on the straight Way. The Order of Holy Disciples of the Blessed One is established on the true Way. The Order of Holy Disciples of the Blessed One is established on the proper Way. That is, the four pairs of persons, the eight Holy Individuals. This Order of Holy Disciples of the Blessed One is worthy of offerings and hospitality, is worthy of gifts and reverential salutations, and is an incomparable field of merit for the world.
Bahum (Jaya-Mangala-Gatha - Stanzas of Victory)
1. Bahum sahassamabhinim mitasavudhantam, Girime khalam uditaghora sasenamaram. Danadidhammavidhina jitava Munindo, Tam tejasa bhavatu me jayamangalani.
2. Maratirekamabhiyujihita sabbarattim, Ghorampanalavakamakkhamathaddha yakkham Khantisudantavidhina jitava Munindo, Tam tejasa bhavatu me jayamangalani.
3. Nalagirim gajavaram atimattabhutam, Davaggicakkamasaniva sudarunantam Mettambusekavidhina jitava Munindo, Tam tejasa bhavatu me jayamangalani
4. Ukkhittakhaggamatihattha sudarunantam Dhavantiyo janapathangulimalavantam, Iddhibhisankhatamano jitava Munindo, Tam tejasa bhavatu me jayamangalani
5. Katvana katthamudaram ivagabbhiniya, Cincaya dutthavacanam janakayamajjhe, Santena somavidhina jitava Munindo, Tam tejasa bhavatu me jayamangalani
6. Saccam vihaya matisaccaka vadadetum, Vadabhiropitamanam atiandhabhutam Pannapadipajalito jitava Munindo, Tam tejasa bhavatu me jayamangalani
7. Nandopanandabhujagam vibudham mahiddhim Puttena therabhujagena damapayanto Iddhupadesa vidhina jitava Munindo, Tam tejasa bhavatu me jayamangalani
8. Duggahaditthi bhujagena sudatthahattham Brahmam visuddhi jutimiddhi bakabhidhanam, Nanagadena vidhina jitava Munindo, Tam tejasa bhavatu me jayamangalani
9. Etapi Buddha jayamangala atthagatha, Yo vacano dinadine sarate matandi, Hitvananekavividhani cupaddhvani, Mokkham sukham adhigameyya naro sapanno.
1. Mara, the Evil One, assuming a fierce form with a thousand arms; each brandishing a deadly weapon, stormed forward roaring, accompanied by his formidable hosts and riding on his elephant, Girimekkhala. Him the Sovereign Sage conquered by evoking the might of his exalted perfection of giving, among others. By his mighty triumph, may joyous victory be mine!
2. Even more violent than Mara was Alvaka,the impetuous and haughty yakkha who fought a night-long battle with the Lord. Him the Sovereign Sage conquered through enduring patience flowing from his unequaled self-mastery. By this mighty triumph may joyous victory be mine!
3. Provoked to run amok, Nalagiri, the king tusker, like a raging forest fire murderously assailed all in his path, and struck such horror in them as would Indra’s thunder bolt, the irresistible destroyer. Him the sovereign Sage tamed by sprinking over him the cooling water of all-embracing love. By his mightly triumph may joyous victory be mine!
4. With sword upraised in expert hands did the savage robber, Angulimala, pursue the Lord for a full three leaguesl Him the Sovereign Sage conquered by his supernatural powers. By his mighty triumph may joyous victory be mine!
5. Posing as a pregnant woman by tying a piece of wood to her belly, Cinca falsely acused (the Buddha) with lewd words in the midst of a devout congregation. Her the Sovereign Sage subdued through his imperturbable serenity. By his mighty triumph may joyous victory be mine!
6. With his peverted intelligence, the wandering mendicant, Saccaka, invariably distorted the truth. Pretending to be the very banner of learning, he only blinded his own mental vision as he went about indulging in intellectual disputations. Him the Sovereign Sage conquered by his illuminating lamp of wisdom. By his mighty triumph may joyous victory be mine!
7. The gifted but perverted kinf of the Nagas, Nandopananda by name, possessed great psychic power and was hostile. By instructing the Elder Moggallana, his spiritual son mighty in supernatural attainments, the Sovereign Sage rendered the Naga king powerless and transformed him. Thus through a supernormal mode of spiritual instruction intelligible to his kind, did the Master conquer the Naga. By his mighty triumph may joyous victory be mine!
8. Though a deity of great purity, radiance and power, Baka, the Brahma god, was nevertheless in the grip of pernicious views, like an arm tightly held by a snake’s coils. Him the Sovereign Sage cured by means of wisdom. By his mighty triumph may joyous victory be mine!
9. He who, day after day without lethargy, recites and recollects these eight hymns of the Exalted One’s glorious triumphs that wise man, having overcome many and diverse obstacles, shall attain the bliss of Deliverance.
Mahaka (JAYAPARITTAM - THE VICTORY PROTECTION)
Mahakaruniko natho hitaya sabbapaninam, Puretva parami subba patto sambodhimuttamam, Etena saccavajjenahotu me jayamangalam.
Jayanto bodhiya mule sakyanam nandivaddhano Evam tavam vijayo hohi Jayassu jayamangale aparajitapallanke sise pathavipokkhare abhiseke sabbabuddhanam aggappatto pamodati. Sunakkkhattam Sumangalam Supabbhatam suhatthitam Sukhano sumuhutto ca suyittham brahmacarisu padakkhinam kayakammam vacakammam padakkhinam pakakkhinam manokammam panidhite padakkhina padakkhinani Katvana labhantatdhe padakkhine
Bhavatu sabba mangalam, rakkhuntu sabba devata, Sabba Buddhanubhavena, sada sotthi bhavantu me.
Bhavatu sabba mangalam, rakkhuntu sabba devata, Sabba Dhammanubhavena, sada sotthi bhavantu me.
Bhavatu sabba mangalam, rakkhuntu sabba devata, Sabba Sanghanubhavena, sada sotthi bhavantu me.
The exalted and compassionate Deliverer, for the welfare of all, fulfilled the Perfections and attained the Summit state of Supreme Enlightenment. By this truth may triumph and wealth be mine!
Victorious under the Bodhi Tree, being blissful among the Buddhas. He climaxed the joy of the Sakyans by his conquest of Mara at His Undefeated Seat, witnessed by the Earth which was symbolized by a lotus leaf. Even so, may my victory be blessed with triumph and wealth.
The time when people perform a good deed is indeed an auspicious occasion, a bright dawn, a moment well-caught in time and is the right worship of holy people.
At that time their actions of body, of speech and of mind along with their aspiration become auspicious. Having performed auspicious deeds, they beget auspicious benefits.
May all blessing come to me, May all gods protect me; By the grace of all Enlightened Ones, May wealth ever abound in me!
May all blessing come to me, May all gods protect me; By the grace of the Sacred Teachings, May wealth ever abound in me!
May all blessing come to me, May all gods protect me; By the grace of the Holy Order, May wealth ever abound in me!
Salutation to The Buddha
(This chant to be repeated as many times as your age plus one)
Iti'pi so Bhagava Araham
Anuttaro purisadamma-sarathi sattha
Metta (Loving Kindness)
Sabbe satta sukhi hontu May all beings who are subject to birth, ageing, disease and death, be happy
Avera hontu May they be without emnity
Abbayapajjha hontu May they be without malevolence
Anigha hontu May they be happy in both body and mind
Sukhi attanam pariharantu May they be able to protect themselves from danger
Pattidana (Transference of Merits)
Idam me matapitunam hotu May this merit accrue to my mother and my father
Sukhita hontu matapitaro May they be happy
Idam me natinam hotu Sukhita hontu natayo May this merit accrue to all my relatives; may they be happy
Idam me gurupajjhayacariya nam hotu, Sukhita hontu gurupajjhayacariya May this merit accrue to my teachers and my preceptor; may they be happy
Idam sabba devanam hotu Sukhita hontu sabbe deva May this merit accrue to all guardian devas; may they be happy
Idam sabba petanam hotu Sukhita hontu sabbe peta May this merit accrue to all hungry ghosts; may they be happy
Idam sabba verinam hotu Sukhita hontu sabbe veri May this merit accrue to all enemies; may they be happy
Idam sabba sattanam hotu Sukhita hontu sabbe satta May this merit accrue to all beings; may they be happy