Luang Phor Reuang

Luang Phor Reuang

by Jun Wei

Luang Phor Reuang Wat Khao Sam Yod is one of the guru monks of Lopburi that is well-known for his meditation and Wicha. He was born on 10th January BE 2457 at Ampher Bahn Sarng Changwat Prachinburi. His father was Mr Kampan while his mother was Mrs Sri Suksan and he was given the name “Boon Reuang”. Other than that, his family also consists of 7 siblings in total.

In the year BE 2477, at the age of 20, he was ordained as a monk at Wat Sak Koi Ampher Syee Maha Poh Changwat Prachinburi. Phra Samut Jampa Wat Sak Koi was his preceptor. Upon his ordination, Luang Phor Reuang received his ordination name as “Apassaro”.

After his ordination, Luang Phor Reuang spent his rain retreats studying Dharma and Wicha with his preceptor for a duration of 10 years. Meanwhile after his 3rd year of monkhood, he went to sit for his Dharma test. Apart from that, he also studied Pali Language, astrology, traditional medicine and various magic.

After spending years in his study, Luang Phor Reuang began his Tudong journey at Issan and then returned back to Lopburi, Piboon cave. It is known that Luang Phor Reuang also spent his rain treats in Piboon cave near Wat Phra Bart Nam Put for 5 years.

Afterward Luang Phor Reuang searched and found a cave at Khao Sam Yord. During the year BE 2493, Luang Phor Reuang went up to spend his rain retreat at the peak for a long period of time. When Luang Phor Reuang took up abode at the peak only very few villagers had the chance to pay respect to him as Luang Phor Reuang would spend most of his time staying inside the cave. Hence the food and vegetables such as pumpkin (Note that the pumpkin that was offered to Luang Phor Reuang was the main substance to mix to consecrate amulets in the initial period which was hand-mould by Luang Phor Reuang himself) was the only thing that was offered by the villagers to Luang Phor Reuang.

Luang Phor Reuang had a bright complexion contrary to the robe of his which was old,dull and worn out. Luang Phor Reuang used the 3 refuge as his meditation theme in his practice. Initially, Luang Phor Reuang never had the intention of coming down the peak until one time whenby Luang Phor Reuang got sick and a group of his disciples working in the hospital brought him down from the peak to see the doctor.

Now there are some stories of Luang Phor Reuang.

There was a group of soldiers having live firing at the mountain. It appears that Luang Phor Reuang was making a short cut to the location as well but the soldiers were not aware. Just when they were firing they saw Luang Phor Reuang pass by. The soldiers were surprised and started to shout as a form of alert for Luang Phor Reuang but it was too late. The bullets were shot right at him with the  sound as loud as an explosion and the whole place became very smokey.The soldiers immediately ran over to have a look and saw Luang Phor Reuang walking unperturbed like nothing had happened. Then they went and asked Luang Phor Reuang where he came from? Luang Phor Reuang told them he was staying at the peak and was walking up the mountain. After hearing that, the soldier stood still awhile and started to chase after Luang Phor Reuang but no matter what they could not catch up with him and were left astonished.

At a later period of time, somewhere around BE 2538, Luang Phor Reuang allowed his faithful devotees to go up and pay respect to him. Since then,lots of devotees gradually went up to the peak. However, Luang Phor Reuang shifted to a little hut 10 km outside of the cave later on.

In BE 2542, Luang Phor Reuang moved to Wat Khao Sam Yord to teach his disciples the way of practicing Dharma. Together with Phra Anya Nhoo Payak Choti Panyo they developed temples and residences of Sangha in Lopburi and many nearby places such as Wat Hua Chang. He was also to spend the rain retreat when Tudong to practice Dharma in various provinces such as Pathumthani and Maha Sarakham.

In the end, Luang Phor Reuang resided at Suan Boon Prod Poopa Potisat Tambon Bu Pleaung Ampher Nam Yeun Changwat Ubon Ratchathani.




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