Kruba Boonma

Kruba Boonma

by Jun Wei

Kruba Boonma (Kruba is the same meaning as Luang Phor just that Kruba is more often spoken to address a monk in Northern Thailand) is the abbot of Wat Samakeetham, Lampang Province. Kruba Boonma is highly respected by the locals in the Northern side of Thailand. As Kruba Boonma treats everyone equally, offers help to everyone and teaches them to do good everyday. Kruba Boonma is a good friend of Luang Phor Chao, Wat Huai LamYai, Nakhon Sawan Province. Kruba Boonma and Luang Phor Chao respect each other a lot.

Kruba Boonma was born on 5th  June BE 2467 in Lampang Province, Northern Thailand. At the age of 15, he was ordained as a novice. 5 years later, at the age of 20 he ordained as a monk. After his ordination, Kruba Boonma concentrated on Dharma, monk studying and accomplished Nak Tham Ek, highest degree of basic monk-novice education. Then Kruba Boonma began Vipassana (meditation) and writing Yant (holy scripts) when he was young. He went to Bangkok to study Vipassana at Wat Mahathat. He found Vipassana interesting and useful. When he returned to his hometown, he learnt Vipassana from Kruba Thammachai for many years. Then he went to Samnak Susan TriLak to be a disciple of Luang Phor Kasem whom he admires. Afterwards, he went to learn mantras from Kruba Yodjai Siriyo,  the abbot of Wat Thung Kwian, Lampang Province at that time until he could fully understand. Finally, he studied more Vipassana from Kruba Phromma at Wat Phra Phutthabat Takpha, Lamphun Province. Wat Phra Phutthabat Takpha is another famous meditation school.

Until now, Kruba Boonma still follows the footsteps of Luang Phor Kasem who is an admirable monk in the heart of the Thais. Prominent personalities of Kruba Boonma are modest, solitary and easy-going. His words usually imply Dharma of Buddha.

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