LP Tongdaeng, LP Plien & the Most Powerful Mantra: "Iti pi so Bhagava..." | Ajahn Dhammasiha | Dhammagiri
Ajahn Dhammasiha shares some info about Luang Por Tongdaeng, who will visit Dhammagiri in three weeks time 23rd to 25th April, including a one day retreat on Sun 23/04.
Luang Por is the abbot of Wat Doi Phra Jao Ton Luang near Chiang Mai. He was born in Sakon Nakhon Province in the Northeast of Thailand in August 1954. At the young age of 13 he ordained as a novice with Luang Por Wan Uttamo. Some time later, he trained in the monastery of Luang Por Waen, Wat Doi Mae Pang. After his full ordination as a bhikkhu, Luang Por Tongdaeng's most important teachers were Luang Por Prasit, and Luang Por Plien of Wat Aranyavivek.
Ajahn Dhammasiha relates the story how Luang Por Pien was the first senior monk visiting Dhammagiri, only days after we had aquired the top section of our property, and how he made some amazingly accurate predictions about the future development of Dhammagiri.
Ajahn Dhammasiha mentions that Luang Por Tongdaeng talked about reciting "Iti pi so Bhagavā..." a lot when he saw him last January to invite him to Dhammagiri. He actually said that "Iti pi so Bhagavā..." is the most powerful mantra of all. It is how the Buddha described his unique qualities himself, and they apply not only to our Buddha, but to all Buddhas whenever or wherever they arise. We can recieve great benefit from chanting "Iti pi so..." regularly and frequently, like e.g. 108 times in sequence.
"Iti pi so Bhagavā Arahaṃ Sammā-sambuddho
Buddho Bhagavā ti"
"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Pure One, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding,
the Accomplished One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained;
he is Teacher of gods and humans;
he is Awake and Holy"
(English translation as in Amaravati Chanting Book)
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