At our temple, you will learn the Middle Way Meditation, one of the most ancient techniques of meditation in the world. Its simplicity, originality and effectiveness have made the Middle Way Meditation method among the most popular meditation techniques in Thailand, and its international popularity is growing fast.
It is about self-discovery, relaxation and purification of the mind. As such, the practice of this technique is not in conflict with any religion or creed, and is open to anyone to try for themselves.
This proven technique dates back to more than 2,500 years and was lost to the world about 500 years after the passing of the Lord Buddha. It was rediscovered in 1917 by the Most Venerable Phramongkolthepmuni (Sodh Candasaro), the late abbot of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen. The Middle Way Meditation aims at the attainment of the Dhammakaya, a state of purity and a path to wisdom within.
On the day of the full moon of the tenth lunar month in 1917, the Great master persevered in his meditation practice with true dedication until he discovered the Dhammakaya (the Body of Enlightenment) which the Lord Buddha had attained. Knowledge of this method of meditation had been lost for almost 2,000 years.
After attaining Dhammakaya, the Great Master dedicated himself to propagating Buddhism and Dhammakaya meditation throughout his life with the axiom “Still mind is the key to success”. Before passing away in 1959, the Great Master entrusted his close disciples to continue propagating Dhammakaya meditation to humankind.
Master Nun Chand Khonnokyoong was one of the fore-front disciples of the Great Master. She was an expert in advanced Dhammakaya meditation. Her insight was so powerful as she was greatly admired by the Great Master who referred to her as “Second to none”. Before his dead, he assigned her to wait for the successor who would eventually comes to Wat Paknam and learned meditation from her. Later on, when she met the successor who was the future Luangpor Dhammajayo and passed on the knowledge of Dhammakaya meditation to him, they continued to teach meditation at Wat Paknam. Soon, when the residence become overcrowded by disciples who wished to learn meditation, she established a new meditation center which developed into Wat Phra Dhammakaya Temple.
Luangpor Dhammajayo became interested in Buddhism and meditation during his adolescence. After he met Master Nun Chand, he dedicated himself to the practice of Dhammakaya meditation, and Master Nun Chand assigned him to teach meditation to other disciples. After graduating from Kasetsart University in 1969, he ordained into the monastic order on 27th August 1969 at the chapel of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen in Bangkok. Together with Master Nun Chand, he taught meditation and implemented various morality revival projects with the aim of promoting “World Peace through Inner Peace”.
Luangpor Dattajeevo’s path of Dhamma started when he first met Luangpor Dhammajayo in Kasetsart University during his master’s degree and was invited to meet Master Nun Chand to learn and practice meditation. Since then all his doubts about Buddhism and meditation lingered him were illuminated by Master Nun Chand. In 1971, he was ordained as Buddhist monk at the chapel of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen in Bangkok and received a monastic title as Dattajeevo which means “He who gives his soul (to Buddhism)”. He has been working hard with a staunch mind in establishing the Temple and training monks and people to be truly virtuous. Since, then, he was praised as “Dhamma Master” with a mastery of simplifying Buddhist knowledge to monks and lay people.
Ven. Pisit holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA. As a sophomore, he regularly practiced meditation at the Meditation Center of Chicago, Illinois and helped out as a volunteer. Upon his graduation, Ven. Pisit returned to Thailand and ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk in 2004. He chose to dedicate his time to practice meditation and teach the Dhamma of the Lord Buddha worldwide ever since.
As an experienced meditation instructor and a teaching monk of Dhammakaya Temple, Ven. Pisit has taught meditation in various countries. Thousands of students and numerous groups of meditators from more than thirty countries around the world have traveled to Thailand to receive his training and instruction on meditation. In addition, he frequently travels abroad to teach meditation in various countries, such as the United States of America, Switzerland, Italy, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Japan and the Philippines.
Currently, Ven. Pisit actively teaches meditation to many people on a regular basis at Dhammakaya Temple International Reception and through his social media channel by conducting live meditation sessions on Facebook every Sunday.