Photos from the life of Luangta Maha Bua,
his relics and Wat Pa Baan Taad

Posters and Wallpaper of Luangta Maha Bua
(3 pictures)


Posters/wallpaper of Luangta Maha Bua
Bhikkhu Bua Nanasampanno's ordination and early years
(19 pictures)


Photos of Luangta Maha Bua's ordination (as 'Bhikkhu Bua Nanasampanno'), and his early years as a bhikkhu.
Photos of Baan Taad Forest Monastery
Photos of Wat Pa Baan Taad (Baan Taad Forest Monastery)

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Area of the Forest monastery of Baan Taad (13 pictures)
Baan Taad Forest Monastery and the surrounding area
The Saala of Baan Taad (18 pictures)
Photos inside and outside the saala (meeting hall) of Baan Taad Forest Monastery
View of Baan Taad Forest Monastery from 1988 (27 pictures)
Photos of Baan Taad Forest Monastery (mostly aerial) from the year 1988
Photos of Baan Taad Forest Monastery (28 pictures)
Photos inside Baan Taad Forest Monastery
Kutis and platforms in the monastery (13 pictures)
Photos of Kutis and roofed platforms (huts where the monks live)
Animal Life within the monastery grounds (44 pictures)
Photos of the various kinds of animals living on the monastery ground
Photos of Life at Wat Pa Baan Taad
Photos of life at Baan Taad Forest monastery

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Luangta Maha Bua's kuti (living quarters) (22 pictures)
The living quarters (kuti) of Luangta Maha Bua
Luangta Maha Bua at the monastery (13 pictures)
Photos of Luangta Maha Bua making his rounds in the monastery
Luangta's compassion for people (57 pictures)
Luangta's interactions with visitors to Baan Taad Forest Monastery, illustrating his compassion towards them
Bhikkhus going on almsround (65 pictures)
Luangta Maha Bua and the bhikkhus go on almsround in the local village and near the monastery gate
Performing duties in the monastery (20 pictures)
Bhikkhus' duties involve keeping the monastery clean
Life of bhikkhus at Baan Taad Forest Monastery (46 pictures)
Bhikkhus' duties and interactions within the monastery, including taking care of requisites
Making bhikkhus' robes (24 pictures)
Cutting, sewing, washing and dying bhikkhus' robes
Photos of Suansaengtam branch monastery
(37 pictures)


Photos of Suansaengtam branch monastery in Bangkok
Photos of Luangta Maha Bua
A range of photos of Luangta Maha Bua; some are older, and some were taken more recently

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Early pictures of Luangta Maha Bua (12 pictures)
Some early pictures of Luangta Maha Bua
Wat Doi Dhammachedi where Luangta attained enlightenment in 1950 (4 pictures)
Luangta attained enlightenment on top of the mountain in the monastery of Doi Dhammachedi in 1950
Luangta Maha Bua in close-up (48 pictures)
A number of close-up photos of Luangta Maha Bua
Photos of Luangta Maha Bua sitting in samadhi (15 pictures)
Photos of Luangta Maha Bua sitting in samadhi
Photos of Luangta Maha Bua teaching (22 pictures)
Photos of Luangta Maha Bua teaching bhikkhus or laypeople
Luangta Maha Bua being kind to animals (58 pictures)
Luangta Maha Bua showing compassion to animals and helping to support them
Luangta Maha Bua with bhikkhus and lay supporters (24 pictures)
Luangta Maha Bua with bhikkhus and lay supporters
Luangta with members of the Thai Royal Family (39 pictures)
Luangta Maha Bua with members of the Thai Royal Family
Luangta receiving ecclesiastical titles (4 pictures)
Luangta Maha Bua receiving an ecclesiastical title from the Thai Royal Family
Luangta helping and supporting his fellow countrymen and animals
(40 pictures)


Luangta Maha Bua helps his fellow countrymen. The help included distributing blankets, rice and medicine; financing communal buildings; supporting hospitals; helping to feed animals etc.
Luangta's Project 'Thais help Thailand'
Luangta Maha Bua's Project 'Thais help Thailand'

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The 'Project Thais' initiative to help Thailand (27 pictures)
Luangta Maha Bua initiated 'Project Thais help Thailand' in 1998 to help Thailand out of the economic crisis. Many Thais offered gold, dollars and Thai currency to Luangta. Luangta then offered the dollars and the gold to the Thai nation
Wat Asokaram in Bangkok (10 pictures)
Photos showing the inauguration of the chedi (stupa) dedicated to all the arahants in Thailand, and the offering of gold and money for the project 'Thai's help Thailand'
Collection of gold (12 pictures)
Before the gold could be put into the national reserve, the different forms in which it had been offered (gold bars, gold rings, gold bangles, gold chains etc.) had to be melted down and purified. The photos here show the collection of these different forms of gold.
Offerings of the donated gold and dollars to the Thai nation (16 pictures)
On 15 separate occasions, Luangta Maha Bua personally offered the accumulated gold and dollars to the Thai Nation, so that it could be stored in the national treasure. On the 16th occasion, a few months after his death, his disciples made the offering for the last time. A total of more than $10 million and more than 13 tons of gold were given to the Thai State.
Luangta Maha Bua's reverence for his own teacher Lungphu Mun
(20 pictures)


Luangta Maha Bua had the highest respect for his teacher Venerable Ajahn (Lungphu) Mun, whom he called 'Father, Mother and respected teacher'. To pay his respects, he often went to the monastery which had been the site of Lungphu Mun's cremation in Sakon Nakhon, or to the monastery (Wat Pa Ban Phue) where he had lived with Lungphu Mun until 1949.
Photos of Relics
Photos of the relics of Luangta Maha Bua and other famous (Kruba) Ajahns

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Relics of Luangta Maha Bua (Gallery 1) (19 pictures)
Luangta Maha Bua's bone fragments turning into relics
Relics of Luangta Maha Bua (Gallery 2) (18 pictures)
Luangta Maha Bua's bone fragments and hair turning into relics
Relics of Luangta Maha Bua (Gallery 3) (29 pictures)
Luangta Maha Bua's hair, blood, stools, and bone fragments turning into relics
Relics of Luangta Maha Bua (Gallery 4) (27 pictures)
Luangta Maha Bua's hair, blood and teeth turning into relics
Relics of Luangta Maha Bua (Gallery 5) (27 pictures)
Luangta Maha Bua's hair, blood and bones turning into relics
Relics of other famous meditation masters (39 pictures)
Relics of the Lord Buddha and famous meditation masters of the Thai Forest tradition
Relics of the Lord Buddha (6 pictures)
Photos of Thai Forest Meditation Masters
(59 pictures)


Photos of famous meditation masters of the Thai Forest Tradition, including photos of the founders of the tradition, Ajahn (Lungphu) Sao and Ajahn (Lungphu) Mun.

You can see more photographs in the photo gallery of the Thai version of this website