Saturday, April 23, 2011

Wat Mamuang Khao in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Clip of the surroudings at the famous temple of "Thousand Swords" Pidta Pangpakan - Wat Mamuang Khao in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Photos of AC Khun Pan with the abbot when he came to do the consecration of Pidta PPK in 2545.
The only 2 original batch Pidta PPK buchas left in the temple, worth many thousands of dollars today.
The LP Sotorn altar in the abbot's kuti.
Signboard of the new batch of Pidta PPK bucha consecrated last year in 2553.
Having a shot taken with the abbot. Unfortunately I forgot what was his name.
The 5" Pidta PPK bucha that I chowed.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

PT Nuan of Wat Sai Rah

PT Nuan is one of the most famous guru monks of Nakhon Si Thammarat still alive today. He was famous for one batch of Kring amulets with many miracle stories. The boss of Fordlane in Singapore once invited him down to Singapore a few years ago. The journey to his temple Wat Sai Rah was very far, almost 5 hrs away from Hatyai. The temple was very grand, with many attractions. Above we see the temple gate.
The 12" Buddha Sihing bucha that was available for pre-order.
The temple counter.
The Jatukam Lak Meuang shrine.
Another Jatukam shrine.
The Guanyin shrine.

The Phra Ariya Metteya (Maitreya) shrine.
The Ubosot.
The Main Sala.
Kuti of PT Nuan. Unfortunately he seldom meet visitors nowadays.
A parting shot before I left.
5" bucha of PT Nuan that I chowed there.

Friday, April 15, 2011

LP Chuang of Wat Kuan Pantaram

Wat Kuan Pantaram in Pattalung is the temple of LP Chuang, an old guru monk in his 80s. Relatively less famous than many other masters from the Wat Kao Or lineage. Recently his temple came out with a batch of amulets, so I decided to go take a look. Above we see the temple gate.
The monks' kuti.
The Ubosot.
The Shrine to LP Ne, the master of LP Chuang.
The statue of LP Ne.
The bell tower.
LP Chuang reblessing the Sangkachai Pangpakan bucha I chowed.
And also the rest of the amulets.
Having a shot taken with LP Chuang.
LP Chuang's photo with PT Klai and PT Nuan taken at Wat Suwankiri in Songkhla in 2505. They were consecrating a batch of LP Tuad amulets at that time and LP Chuang (in the middle) was the youngest among them.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pet Nampi stones from LP Samchai

Pet Nampi stones (on the right) are a kind of special mineral that can be made into an amulet when properly consecrated by a master. LP Samchai of Wat Dongradee recently obtained a batch of these stones from Uttradit province to bless. On the left are his famous Kongkapan takruts.
The altar outside LP's kuti. There's a bucha of King Yama, Lersi Promma, Chinese Taoist deities as well as Kumanthongs.
LP Samchai reblessing the Pet Nampi and takruts.
Another shot taken with LP Samchai.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

LP Chuan of Wat Khao Gaew

LP Chuan of Wat Khao Gaew, Ang Thong, is one of the living disciples of LP Tae, junior to LP Yaem. Only recently has LP Chuan started to use the wicha he learnt from LP Tae to make Kumanthongs. I visited him to obtain a few KMTs as well as other spirit based amulets.
LP Chuan took a long time to rebless the KMT buchas I chowed.
Having a photo taken with LP Chuan.
The big KMT shrine in the courtyard.
Elephant head water fountain.
The Ubosot. Apparently the temple was quite well to do, despite not having much fame.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

First Trance Experience

Tonight I had my first trance experience as I was initiated into a school of Taoist Wicha. Previously when I did my Thai Sakyants I did not experience such things, but just now I could really feel the energy of certain present deities coursing through my whole body. My mind was conscious and I did not try to control it; everything just happened by itself. It was a fierce trance of animal deities, not unlike those you see during those Wat Bang Phra "Wai Kru" ceremonies. The other initiates had more gentle trances. I also somehow drew Taoist talismans to be consumed by myself, although I had no idea what Yants I was drawing at all. Very strange yet quite amazing. The path of Wicha begins right here. May the Ariya Sangha and Great Lersis guide me, sadhu.