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Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, suanmokkh.orgBuddhadasa Bhikkhu (Servant of the Buddha) became a monk in 1926. He established Suan Mokkhabalarama (The Grove of the Power of Liberation, Thailand) in 1932. He worked to explain the essential principles of what he called ‘pristine Buddhism’—the original realisation of the Buddha— before it was buried beneath commentaries, ritualism, and clerical politics. His work was based in research of the Pali texts, especially of the Buddha’s Discourses (Sutta Pitaka), followed by personal practise. He taught whatever he could say truly quenches dukkha (dissatisfaction, suffering). His approach was always straightforward and practical. Most of the monks involved in nature conservation and community development were inspired by him. He provided the link between the scriptural trad­ition and engaged Buddhist practice today.

After the founding of Suan Mokkh, he studied all schools of Buddhism, as well as the other major religious traditions. This interest was practical rather than scholarly. He sought to unite all genuinely religious people in order to work together to help, as he put it, ‘drag humanity out from under the power of material­ism.’ This broadmindedness won him friends and students from around the world, including Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs. He died in 1993.

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4 Responses

  1. I will like to thank you for bring “the Natural Cure For Spiritual Disease to my path. a GREAT BOOK.

  2. Many Buddhists…One Buddhadharma. I too study the different traditions and lineages. Bottom line, Buddha only taught one Buddhadharma..they all bleed into one truth… _/\_

  3. Bhuddhadasa Bhikkhu has been an enormous inspiration to me. His books are powerful and straightforward. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find anyone following in his footsteps. They seem to have got mired in clerical politics themselves…

  4. Biksu Buddhadasa (pengikut Buddha) menjadi seorang biksu pada tahun 1926. Ia mendirikan Suan Mokkhabalarama (Taman Pembebasan, Thailand) pada tahun 1932. Ia bekerja untuk menjelaskan prinsip-prinsip penting yang ia sebut dengan ‘murni Buddha’—realisasi asli Buddha—yang sebelumnya telah terkubur di bawah komentar-komentar, ritual, dan administrasi politik. Karyanya berdasarkan pada penelitian teks Pali, terutama dari wacana Buddha (Sutta Pitaka), diikuti oleh latihan pribadi. Ia mengajaran apa pun yang ia bisa katakan benar-benar memadamkan dukkha (ketidakpuasan, penderitaan). Pendekatan ini selalu mudah dan praktis. Kebanyakan biksu terlibat dalam konservasi alam dan pengembangan masyarakat yang terinspirasi olehnya. Ia menyediakan hubungan antara tradisi alkitab dan terlibat praktik Buddhis hari ini. Setelah berdiri, ia mempelajari semua sekolah-sekolah Buddhis, serta aliran agama besar lainnya. Kepentingan ini lebih praktis daripada ilmiah. Ia berusaha menyatukan semua orang beragama bekerja sama untuk membantu, seperti yang ia katakan, ‘menyeret umat manusia keluar dari kekuatan materialisme’. Pandangan yang luas ini telah memenangi temannya dan mahasiswanya dari seluruh dunia, termasuk orang-orang Kristen, Islam, Hindu, dan Sikh. Ia meninggal pada tahun 1993.


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