Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah
Thai Forest Tradition
Ajahn Chah Subhatto
Wat Pah Pong
Ajahn Liem Thitadhammo
The Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah is a Mahanikai monastic organization in the Thai Forest Tradition composed of the students of Ajahn Chah Subhatto. Strictly speaking, the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah denotes the institutions who have a branch affiliation with Wat Pah Pong, the administrative center of the organization.
1.1 Ajahn Chah’s early training
1.1.1 Luang Por Thongrat
1.1.2 Ajahn Kinnari
1.1.3 Establishment of Wat Pah Pong
1.2 Taking root in the west
1.2.3 United States
1.2.4 Other western countries
1.3 The Order of Siladhara
1.3.2 Milntuim House
1.4 2009 Ordination at Bodhinyana
Ajahn Chah’s early training
Ajahn Jayasaro relates that while many Mahanikai monks would reordain in the Dhammayut order as an act of devotion to Ajahn Mun, a handful of other followers of Ajahn Mun would choose to stay Mahanikai monks.
Luang Por Thongrat
Ajahn Jayasaro relates that Ajahn Thongrat was considered “Zen Like”, in the sense that he was very “Vigorous and outspoken — and outrageous — in his behaviour. Which of course in Thai monastic idiom, where etiquette and good behavior is so stressed, it quite made him stand out.”
Little is known of Ajahn Chah’s relationship with Ajahn Thongrat, though Ajahn Chah relates a story about the first time he had met Ajahn Thongrat. Upon hearing of Ajahn Thongrat’s whereabouts, Ajahn Chah traveled a long distance to meet Ajahn Thongrat. When Ajahn Chah walked into the monastery where Ajahn Thongrat was staying, Ajahn Thongrat looked at Ajahn Chah for the first time and said “Oh, Chah! You’ve arrived at last!”, which surprised Ajahn Chah, because there should have been no way that Ajahn Thongrat knew who Ajahn Chah was or that he was coming.
Ajahn Chah met Ajahn Kinnari while wandering dhutanga. Ajahn Jayasaro talks about how when dhutanga monks encounter each other, they will sometimes relate information about good spots to meditate, or good monasteries or meditation teachers.
Establishment of Wat Pah Pong
Prior to establishing monasteries, Ajahn Chah wandered dhutanga for 7 years, practicing i