PEACIFIER: Phra Khuva Boonchum ends more than three years of meditation retreat in solitude

Sai Wansai – This is the second well-known solitude meditation retreat of Venerable Shan Monk Phra Khuva Boonchum which is due to end on August 1, 2022 and will reappear from Mong Kyat Cave, Shan State, that it began on April 28, 2019.

The duration of the meditation retreat has been planned for three years, three months and three days by the venerable monk.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome our generous Dhamma friends to join us in chanting, meditating, refreshing his teaching and sharing merits in order to accumulate merits during this special time when Phra Khuva Boonchum emerges from the cave,” writes the Singapore-based Oxford Buddha Vihara.

Phra Khuva Boonchum, another notable and highly publicized meditation retreat took place in 2010, which took place in Rajagriha Cave in Ngao District, Lampang, 20 km from the Lampang-Ngao highway for a quarter and 3 years that ended on July 20. 2013.

Venerable Shan Monk Phra Khuva Boonchum is due to end on August 1, 2022 and will emerge from the Mong Kyat Shan State Cave he started on April 28, 2019.

Although these are the two best-known retreats, he has been practicing cave seclusion and meditation since he was a novice, according to a blog run by Sangha of Khuva Boonchum Buddhagaya Tai Budhagaya Temple, Bihar, India.

Biography of Phra Khuwa Boonchum

According to the Sangha blogspot of Khuva Boonchum Buddhagaya Tai Temple Budhagaya, Bihar, India:

  • The Most Venerable Khuva Boonchum, Nyanasamvaro is one of the best known Theravada forest meditation monks of the 20th and early 21st century. He is famous not only in Myanmar but also in several Buddhist countries such as Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Taiwan, Singapore, Bhutan, Nepal, Sipsongbanna, China and some other Buddhist countries etc.

  • He is from Nong-wo Village, Mae Chan District, Chiang Rai Province, Northern Thailand. His parents, Loong Kham Lah and Mae Saeng Lah, were peasants, originally from Maung Yong in the eastern part of Shan State; he is the eldest of four children. Both of her parents are deceased.

  • Venerable Khuva Boonchum as he was an extraordinary child; after leaving school two years later, he was ordained samanera, “novice”. Became Samanera, he began to practice meditation at the age of 9. He also learned dharma based on the standardized Thai monastic curriculum of nak tham with an annual winter exam. But it was only after the first year that he stopped his studies to start learning directly from the well-known masters of forest meditation in Lanna, northern Thailand. Deeply inspired by their example, he has since adopted their way of life: observing a rain-retreat (vassana) for up to four months in caves every year; build religious monuments such as pagodas; and preaching to the peasants in the villages.

  • He began observing a Rains Retreat in a cave when he was only 12 years old. Since then, he has observed retreats from the rains, often in remote areas that include not only the northern regions of Thailand, but also Shan State in Myanmar, Nepal and the Kingdom of Bhutan. Her last rains retreat as a samanera was in Nepal. His stay in the caves is by no means limited to the rainy season; in fact, during winter and summer, he often rests in various caves to meditate and read. The solitude of the caves allows him to devote his time to samatha and vipassana meditation and to the reading of the Holy Scriptures related to meditation, for example, the Patisampidamagga and other contemporary works compiled by well-known Buddhist masters such as Ajahn Man and Buddhadasa Bhikkhu.

  • It was early in his life that he began to preach and led the renovation of pagodas. At the age of 12, he renovated a pagoda located at the top of a hill, in a village, Ban Keao, near Maesai. He has since built or renovated many pagodas in the Mae Khong and Salween River areas. Among those he recently built are a pagoda at Hsenwi in northern Shan State; this pagoda has a unique local architectural style. At present, he is building 38 pagodas on four hills near Ban Keao in Mae Sai. The newly built temple built in 2006 and led by him Khuva Boonchum Buddagaya Tai Temple, Buddhagaya, Bihar, India has also been included.

  • One such place he developed at a young age is Mong Phong, a village in Tachilek located on the bank of the Mae Khong River in the Golden Triangle regions where the borders of Thailand, Lao States and Shan, from Myanmar coincide. At the age of 13, he began to meditate there which the forested area has now become a well-known forest meditation center in all regions. It can be reached by land as well as by boat. At the age of 21, he received his higher ordination on May 9, 1986 at Wat Suan Dok, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

  • As for his preaching, the themes relate to the virtues of generosity, non-violence and meditation. He himself is a fine example of generosity; all the offerings made to him by the faithful are in turn offered to the monks and lay people who come to meet him. A generous devotee who gifted the new top of the great Shwedagon Pagoda to Yanon remarks that she has never seen such a generous and detached monk or layman as the Maing Phone Sayadaw.

  • Its teaching on non-violence is delivered through the promotion of the value of the five ethical codes of conduct (sila), vegetarianism, non-discrimination and the culture of metta-bhavana. As a result, all the different dialect groups and nationalities in the Mae Khong and Salween river basins identify him as their spiritual master. An Australian scholar writing in the Cambridge Journal of South-East Asia observes that Lanna people consider Khuva Boonhum to uphold the tradition of “Yuan holy men” founded by Khruva Srivihai. In the meantime, the government of Myanmar also offered him a title of saddhammajotikadhaja for his work in dhamma propagation. Amazingly, he also speaks all the dialects of the Mae Khong and Salween river basins and understands the subtle differences in their cultures, making his teaching easily accessible and highly relevant to many of them. Besides the dialects of these regions, he also speaks Central Thai, Bhutanese and some Chinese, which further extends the accessibility of his teaching.

Phra Khuva Boonchum lit

During the afternoon session of July 21, 2013, Khuva made a special announcement, following his emergence from Rajagriha Cave in Lampang, about his spiritual attainment: “To be honest, I have archived one level higher achievement in Buddhist practice. This is not “bragging” at all, quoting the afternoon session of Khuva Bonchum’s sermon in the Shan/Tai language. The crowd responded with “sadhu” cheers three times, according to the Shan Herald Agency for News (SHAN) report of August 17, 2013.

Thousands of people come to Mong Kyat Cave to welcome and have an audience with Phra Khuva Boonchum on August 1 when he comes out.

And as if to demonstrate his enlightenment, he correctly predicted the fate of 13 young Thai footballers trapped with their coach in the Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai in July 2018, which was Thai national and international news during that time.

Khuva visited the Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai on three occasions and each time held religious ceremonies and prayed for the welfare of the trapped Thai youths and their coach. Top Thai generals and officials welcomed him inside the cave, where he performed religious rites.

Apparently, the day after his second visit, the rain that had been falling in the area for days stopped. Many Thais believe the monk’s intervention caused the rain to stop suddenly.

When he left, the monk told Thai journalists: “They are all still there; they will be found in one or two days,” according to Thai media.

Finally, between July 8 and 10, 2018, as planned, the young Thais and their coach were found and rescued by an international team.

As the rescue was underway, the King of Thailand presented dresses to Phra Khuva Boonchum, Thai media reported.

Khuva visited General Maung Aye, second in command to General Than Shwe until 2011 when he visited Naypyitaw in 2018 and was also visited by Aung San Suu Kyi in 2017 during his first visit to Naypyitaw. Naypyitaw.

Perspective

Thousands of people are expected to welcome and have an audience with Phra Khuva Boonchum on August 1 as he emerges from the Mong Kyat cave, according to locals.

During the Emergence of Solitude Meditation Retreat in Rajagriha Cave, Lampang, Thailand in July 2013, SHAN describes the scene as follows: “The scenario seen on this mountain range is tens of thousands of people who gather as if on a pilgrimage.Khuva honoring and welcoming ceremonies take place over two days: one on July 20 and the other on July 21. The first is to welcome Khuva Bonchum breaking his last moment of meditation without communication in solitude and the next is to renew ‘life extension’ according to the tradition of northern Thailand.

“The communities that have gathered here include Thais, Laotians, Bhutanese, Taiwanese, Singaporeans, Koreans, Japanese, Chinese, Yao, Palaung, Burmese, Shan and many other ethnicities and nationalities for the sole purpose of receiving a “blessing” from Khuva. This event although being Buddhist, other religious believers also came to visit and pay their respects. It is a truly transnational community gathering that is an unusual and amazing meeting of people from all over the world. The power of Khuva Bonchum’s dhamma has indeed touched across all national differences and borders.

The end of Khuva Boonchum’s solitude meditation in the Mong Kyat cave and his emergence from it will undoubtedly be an occasion for pilgrimage. And given the detailed preparation, according to the instructions of Khuva himself, it will be spectacular.

We can only hope that the dire state prevailing throughout the country and the animosity of the two warring Shan armies won’t drive him to such despair that he leaves the country for good.

He once told the two Shan armies that if they could not end their conflict, he would migrate to Bhutan and not return. Due to his intervention, the two Shan armies stopped fighting for a while, but resumed fighting after only a year’s hiatus, which has continued until today.

Many harbor hopes that he can be a peacemaker to help pull the country from the brink of total collapse. But whether he will have the opportunity to do so or whether he will instead choose to abandon the prevailing hopeless situation, as he once told the two Shan armies, no one can guess.

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