Luang Phor Koon (Wat Bahn Rai)


Luang Phor Koon
Wat Bahn Rai

Luang Phor Koon was born on Thursday, 4th October B.E.2466 (1923). He was raised in a well off family. His grandfather was an influential person and very well-known in Nakon Raatchaseemah province. He also known to have Wichah (magic power), and many people were afraid of him. When Luang Phor Koon was 7 years old , his grandfather brought him to study Thai and Pali under Ajahn Cheum, Ajahn Saai and Phra Ajahn Lee at a temple near his house.

Luang Phor Koon was ordained as a monk at the age of 21 at Wat Thanon HakYai on 5th May B.E.2487 (1944). Phra Kru Wijahn Dtigit was the preceptor. Phra Kru Atigahn Torng Suk was his Dhamma teacher. His monk's name is Pisuttoh.

Luang Phor Koon stayed in Wat Thanon HakYai to study dhamma. In addition Luang Phor Koon also learned under Luang Phor Daeng Wat Nong Pho. He learned Dhamma, Sammadhi and Wichah (magic) from Luang Phor Daeng. Luang Phor Koon was very diligent when he studied under Luang Phor Daeng. Seeing that Luang Phor Koon was so keen in learning, Luang Phor Daeng brought Luang Phor Koon to meet Luang Phor Kong who was the abbot of Wat HatYai. Then, Luang Phor Koon became the disciple of Luang Phor Kong.

Luang Phor Kong was a Phra Tudong (forest monk) and brought Luang Phor Koon to Tudong (forest dwelling). Besides Dhamma and Sammadhi, Luang Phor Kong also taught Luang Phor Koon Wichah (magic) on inserting Tagrut into a person's arm.

After learning from Luang Phor Kong for some time, Luang Phor Koon went for Tudong alone. He went as far as Laos and Cambodia, staying in their deep forests for many years. During the rainy season, if Luang Phor Koon was near town, he would stay in one of the temples near town to Khow Pansah (rainy season for a monk to stay indoors). If he was still in the forest, he would stay in the forest and continue his Tudong.

Luang Phor Koon returned to Thailand after more than 10 years of Tudong and resided at Wat Bahn Rai, Nakon Raatchaseemah. When Luang Phor Koon first arrived at Wat Bahn Rai, the temple was in bad condition. There was only a old Salah (shelther), Bot (hall) and Guti (place where Buddha statue is placed).

Seeing the temple's condition, Luang Phor Koon was determined to re-build it. He approached the abbot of the temple at that time, and asked him for his help. The abbot told him that the temple did not have much funds (only 10,000 bahts) and asked Luang Phor Koon how much money he needed to re-build the temple. Luang Phor Koon replied that he needed 3 to 4 million bahts. When the abbot heard that, he said that he had no ability to help, though it was his duty. Luang Phor Koon then asked the villagers and his lay disciples to source for funds. Many people came forward and helped. The total funds collected was almost 2 million bahts and Wat Bahn Rai was rebuilt.

Luang Phor Koon was gradually gaining popularity in Nakon Raatchaseemah. Whenever people would hear that Luang Phor Koon wanted to build a temple or a school, many people would come forward to help. Luang Phor Koon built many schools, temples and hospitals in Nakon Raachaseemah.

The devotees who go to Wat Bahn Rai, whether rich or poor, Luang Phor Koon will meet them personally and bless them. He would specially make time for the poorer devotees, because to Luang Phor Koon, the poorer devotees need to earn a living, and thus their time is more precious comparing to the richer ones who already have a stable livelihood.

Luang Phor Koon consecrated the most amulets in Thailand. Many temples and people would create amulets and ask him to bless. He seldom rejected anyone who came to him for blessings. Luang Phor Koon is very good in the Wichah of takrut insertion. He would personally insert takruts under the arms of devotees. These takruts are very well proven to protect people from accidents, improve Metta and Konggrapan (immunity from weapons).

For almost 20 years, Luang Phor Koon blessed and inserted takruts but he has now stopped due to poor health. However, he will still meet and bless devotees who go to Wat Bahn Rai to pay respect to him.

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