Luang Phor Lek

Luang Phor Lek

by Jun Wei

Luang Phor Lek Juntachoto was born in BE 2414 in Angtong Province. During his teenage years, he was sent to Wat Taa-It (Wat Chaiyapumtaram) to study Dharma. By the time he was at the age of 20, in BE 2434 he was ordained as a monk at Wat Taa-It. His preceptors were Luang Phor Nutra Wat Bhotaram, Chacherngsoa Province, Luang Phor In Wat Taa-it, and Luang Phor Nark Wat Taa-it  respectively. Apart from just learning about Dharma, Luang Phor Lek also learned about traditional thai medicine from Mor Sookdevada who was a well-known specialist in Thai herbs.

Afterwards, Luang Phor Lek went to Chonburi Province where he would learn magic from Luang Phor Pern. Luang Phor Pern was a senior monk in Wat Bankao who is well-respected for his sacred magic. Luang Phor Pern also had some other well-known guru monks as his disciples such as Luang Phor Ding Wat Bangwua, Luang Phor Parn Buddharakitor Wat Klerwan and others.

In BE 2480, the abbot of Wat Taa-It passed away, Luang Phor Lek was appointed as the new abbot of Wat Taa-It at the age of 66. Luang Phor Lek became more well-known through the rian known as “Rian Luang Phor Peng”.  As this batch of “Rian Luang Phor Peng” was consecrated to gather funds for the funeral costs of Luang Phor Peng. This batch of rian was also blessed by Luang Phor Ding Wat Bangbua.

Most of Luang Phor Lek’s amulets were consecrated during the period of IndoChina War. Luang Phor Lek’s most well-known series of amulets was also cosecrating during this period of time.  The reason behind was that the amulets were consecrated due to the request by a senior soldier from the Srisoonthorn Military Regiment, who had asked Luang Phor Lek to consecrate sacred amulets to protect soldiers and innocent people. The material of the amulet is made from sacred soil and known to be highly efficacious as the amulet saved many people’s lives during the wartime. 

On 4th July BE 2487, Luang Phor Lek passed away at Wat Taa-It peacefully at the age of 73. Having served monkhood for 53 years.

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