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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Cave Forest Wats of Isaan Part 1

For the past couple years I have been searching out and mapping the "Wat Tham" cave wats in Isaan of the Ajahn Mun Dhutanga Khammathana tradition. Ajahn Mun spent his Final years at a samnak known today as Wat Pa Phuritat, Sakon Nakhon, before going to Sakon Nakhon town to die. While one of his most famous students Luangta maha boowa went to stay at a cave that today is known as Wat Tham Nok Aen in Mukdahan. I don't have the history of Wat Tham Yai Promwihan Bampentham, but is a quiet tranquil place. wat pa tham kham, also in sakon nakhon is where both ajahn fan and thate spent time. Wat Tham Klong Phen in Nong Bua Lam Phu, is where Ajahn Analayo spent years and passed away.