Buddha Amulets



Buddha amulets of Wat Paknam Temple are produced as memorabilia for patrons who donate money to support the temple.  Each Buddha amulet is blessed by Dhammakaya meditation teachers, especially the Buddha amulet series 1 to 3 of Wat Paknam were blessed by the Great Master Phramongkolthepmuni and advanced Dhammakaya meditators.  Buddha amulets of Wat Paknam are popular in Thailand, and they are collected by Buddha amulet collectors.  So far, the temple has produced 9 series of Buddha amulets.

Note: The Buddha amulet series 7 of Wat Paknam can be obtained at Hor Khao or the white meditation hall with the donation of 100 baht or 3 US dollars.  However, Buddha amulets cannot be sent via Thai postal service, please contact one of Wat Paknam's branch nearest you if you wish to receive one.



How to Reconnect One’s Mind to a Buddha Amulet of Wat Paknam

By Phramongkolthepmuni (Sodh Candasaro)

The Great Master of Dhammakaya Meditation & Late Abbot of Wat Paknam

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According to the ‘Explanation on Gift Buddha Amulet of Phramongkolthepmuni (Sodh Candasaro), Luang Por Wat Paknam in Bangkok, page 5 – 7, Luang Por explained the method on how to reconnect one’s mind to a Buddha amulet as follows:

“.. Please take out the package and look at the Buddha amulet with your naked eyes until you can remember well.  Then, picture the image of Buddha amulet in your mind for further sacredness.  For ladies, picture the image of Buddha amulet at your left nostril.  For gentlemen, picture the image at the right nostril.  [Move the pictured image from base to base until reaching the middle of your body.]  Locate the pictured image at the center of your body.  Imagine that there are two threads.  The first one stretches from the navel to the back.  The second one stretches from the right to the left.  At the intersection of two threads, there is a transcendental Dhamma sphere which forms the human body.  Next, continue to picture the image of your Buddha amulet in the middle of the sphere, the Buddha amulet should face to the same direction as your own body.  This is the first step.

Secondly, the ladies should move their mind from base to base, starting from the left nostril, and right nostril for the gentlemen.  Then, settle your mind in the middle of the pictured Buddha amulet.  Your mind will reach an infinite number of Lord Buddhas.  This method is stipulated by the Lord Buddhas in order to allow humans to reconnect their minds to the Nirvana.  It is similar to devices that can send signal from one country to another country.  Such devices can transmit voice back and forth.  The devices are both a transmitter and receiver.  Still your mind in the middle of the pictured Buddha amulet.  Still your mind there.  Then, recollect the purity of the Lord Buddhas.  Keep your mind still and repeat the pali mantra ‘Samma Arahang… Samma Arahang… Samma Arahang.’  Keep your mind still further until it unifies.  At the right mental unification, the mind becomes still in the middle of the pictured Buddha amulet.  As the mind becomes still, it complies to the Lord Buddha’s teaching.

The stillness of mind is the Lord Buddha’s teaching.  When he went to teach Angulimala, after Angulimala became less aggressive to him, Angulimala yelled “Standstill, monk!... Standstill!”  Then, the Lord Buddha turned to Angulimala and said “I am already still, but you are not.”  This is the stillness that he meant.  Once your mind becomes still, it complies to the Lord Buddha’s teaching.  It reaches the target of Buddhism.  Being still mentally in the middle of the Buddha… in the middle of the middle… deeper and deeper… not to the above, below, right or left, but in the middle of the middle only until one’s mind becomes superbly refined.  Then, one will see the Lord Buddha whether one opens or closes one’s eyes.  The merit energy earned from building a temple or a Buddhist hall is not comparable to the merit energy earned from keeping one’s mind still until seeing the Lord Buddha in meditation.  The merit energy earned from building a temple is just a meritorious deed of the sensual realm. 

The stilled mind in the middle of the pictured Buddha amulet is a mind in meditation.  It is a great merit which is superior.  Keep your mind still in the middle of the clear Buddha image and deepen your mind into the middle of the middle without retreating.  Don’t make it slip, deepening your mind further into the middle of the middle.  At the right mental unification, the clear Buddha image will change his size and color [automatically].  He will turn crystal clear, about the same size as your body or bigger. You will find yourself in the middle of the Buddha image.  Recollect the purity of the Buddha image.  If you can attain the crystal Buddha image like this, you reaches the core of Buddhism.

Further into the middle of the crystal clear Buddha image.  The crystal clear Buddha image will become purer and bigger.  You will gain expertise in doing this.  The Buddha image will radiate His radiance.  Follow my guidelines accordingly until you see the crystal clear Buddha image clearly.  This will be wonderful and magnificent…”


How To Make Wishes

Once you know how to enshrine [the celestial part of] a Buddha amulet inside your body, you can make wishes with the Buddha amulet further which will come true sooner or later.  You should do so before leaving your home to work or prior to doing any business or work, at least once a day, or one more time before going to bed.  If you always do this and reconnect your mind at all times, your wishes will come true quickly.  For those who do not make wishes, they will be blessed for happiness and prosperity.  Luang Por had published the explanation on how to reconnect one’s mind to the Buddha amulet and make wishes.  The explanation slip was enclosed into each Buddha amulet package.  Luang Por’s explanation is as follows:

“Please bring your mind to become still in the middle of your body.  First, pay homage to the sacred Triple Gem, there is no such other comparable sacred thing.  Then look at your Buddha amulet until you can remember and visualize or picture the image of your Buddha amulet in the middle of your body, at the center of yourself.  Then, repeat the mantra ‘Samma Arahang… Samma Arahang… Samma Arahang…”  Picture the image in your mind clearly as if you were seeing with your naked eyes.  The more you visualize, the clearer of the image.  However, it is not to see with your naked eyes, but to see with your celestial eyes [or your mind]. (Your body that you see in your dream is one of the celestial bodies.)

Once you can clearly see the image, make sure you see the image at all time irrespective of your gesture.  If you can do this, the Buddha amulet will bless you.  After that, He will turn his own image to be larger or smaller or to be of different colors such as white, silver, quicksilver, golden, yellow, crystal clear, emerald green, like a diamond, or like a mirror. 

When you can see the image like this in your mind, keep your mind indifferent as it is the power of Buddha amulet that blesses you.  You have to respect and recollect Him all the time.  To do so, it is to worship Him in practice.  It is a superior type of worship where no other worship is comparable.  Up to this point, the Buddha amulet will fully turn himself into a beautiful and flawless crystal clear Buddha image.  He will be seated [in cross-legged meditation posture] at the center of your body, facing outward to the same direction as your body.  The center of your body is the place where He is enshrined.  Your mind should remain still at the center of the Buddha image, similar to the way you still your mind in the middle of your human body when we meditate. 

After you attain the Lord Buddha like this, no matter what [good things] you wish for, you can request the Lord Buddha directly to fulfill your wishes.  Your wishes will come true sooner or later or immediately.  Once you gain expertise in reconnecting your mind to the Lord Buddha [through the Buddha amulet you own], when you travel, either on land, in the water, in the air, or by any other way, or when there is a happening in the present, you can request the Lord Buddha to help you immediately.  If you work as a government officer, you can request for a trouble-free work that does not distract those who supervise you.  If you do business, you can request for good business.  If you do farming or any other works, you can request for a fruitful outcome.  If you travel by any mean of transportation, you can wish for safety and prosperity at all time.  May all of you who donate for the construction fund [of the Dhamma school] be successful, and may all of your wishes come true.”


The Story of Wat Paknam’s Amulets


In addition to the gift of Dhamma given by teaching meditation and Buddhist doctrine to his disciples, Luang Por Wat Paknam (Phramongkolthepmuni), the master of Dhammakaya meditation, also gave Buddha amulets to his patrons as gifts that represent the Lord Buddha.  Moreover, Luang Por’s Buddha amulet can also be used as meditation objects. 

Luang Por ordered his disciples to produce the first series of Wat Paknam’s Buddha amulets in 1950, totaling 84,000 pieces which equals to the number of Dhammakhanda in the Tripitaka Buddhist scripture.  In that year, Luang Por held the monastic title of Prabhavanakosolthera.  He assigned Kru Treetar to create the first nine Buddha amulets, then other Buddhist nuns who attained Dhammakaya continued to make the rest under the supervision of Kru Treetar until completion.

Each Buddha amulet was in rectangle shape.  The Buddha image is in blessing gesture.  At the back of each Buddha amulet, there is a Cambodian language that says ‘Dhammakhanda’.  [Cambodian language used to be the sacred language of Buddhist scriptures in ancient Thai civilization.]  Luang Por named his amulet as ‘the gift amulet.’  The Buddha amulets were given to contributors who donated at least 25 baht for the construction of Wat Paknam’s Dhamma school. 

The constituents of Luang Por’s Buddha amulets were dried jasmine flowers and Luang Por’s hairs.  After producing the amulets, they were contained in crates and blessed by the power of Dhammakaya meditation at the meditation workshop throughout the period of three month during Buddhist lent, starting from the new moon day of the eight month until the full moon day of the eleventh month.  Then, Luang Por framed the amulets with aluminum, so the receivers would be able to hang on their necklace immediately.  There was also an attached slip explaining how to worship and make resolutions to the Buddha amulets.  The amulets were given to patrons for the first time in the eleventh lunar month of 1950, at Wat Paknam’s Buddha hall on the occasion of Luang Por’s birthday anniversary.

People may believe that each Buddha amulet is an image of the Lord Buddha, so it should be sacred in itself already, and there is no need for a ceremony to bless them.  Luang Por explained that whether a Buddha amulet is big or small, they are non-living being.  However, after blessing them [with Dhammakaya meditation], they can become ‘alive’.


Luang Por Also Donated

Luang Por was an honest person, either to others or himself, whether another party is present or not.  He was even honest in his thoughts which were unknown to others.  He did not take it for granted.  For the giving of Buddha amulets which he ordered to produce, he knew that his Buddha amulets were sacred, he also had to donate money to the temple when he wished to give such amulets to others as presents.  To him, it was not a personal matter.  He always said that if he took the amulets without donating money, it would mean that he cheated the temple.


Only One for Each Person

No matter how much an individual donated to the temple, Luang Por gave him or her only one Buddha amulet.  The reason was that he gave as a gift, and the receiver had to take the Buddha amulet from him directly.  Nobody can take the Buddha amulet on others’ behalf.  When someone lost the Buddha amulet, Luang Por refused to give a new one except that he could not remember or such person lied to him when he asked.  For some people, Luang Por could remember that they took the Buddha amulets already, so he told them not to take the amulets again.

Once, there was an individual who was to offer 10,000 baht to Luang Por in order to support the construction of the Dhamma school, but such person wished to receive numerous Buddha amulets for sharing to family and fellows.  When such person knew that he would receive only one Buddha amulet, he turned to donate less than 10,000 baht.  However, Luang Por was not the one who received money.  He was responsible for giving the Buddha amulets only whereas the templewarden received money from donator.  The donator would receive a coupon from the templewarden, so they could exchange the coupon for a Buddha amulet.

This did not mean that Luang Por was unkind for giving only one Buddha amulet to each person, disallowing anyone to receive an amulet on others’ behalf, and refusing to give a new Buddha amulet to those who lost it.  Some people might feel dissatisfied and criticized Luang Por that he was unjust.  His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch (Poon Poonasirimahathera), the late abbot of Wat Prachetuphon, a nephew of Luang Por Wat Paknam, had opined about this that “Luang Por’s one man one amulet policy made it so sacred.  I myself used to receive an amulet from Luang Por, and I gave the amulet to a baby boy whose parents requested me to name him.  One day, I went to Luang Por to ask for another amulet, but he refused.  He said that only one amulet per person only.  Later on, I tried to ask him for another amulet again, but Luang Por remained silent.  So, I was certain that he would not give me.”

At one time, I told Luang Por that I wished to spared the amulets with me when I traveled to distant cities.  So, I would be able to give to anyone who wanted them.  Luang Por replied that it should not be like that because our amulets were of good quality.  Anyone who wished to receive had to come to Wat Paknam by himself.  Otherwise, it would be like fake Buddha amulets, and it won’t gain good reputation.  Luang Por added that “Don’t worry.  Making 84,000 amulets twice would not be enough.  And it became true just like what Luang Por said.”

The Most Venerable Pra Dhammasinghaburacariya (Charun Dhittadhammo), the abbot of Wat Ampawan in Promburi District, Singhburi Province, who used to study meditation with Luang Por in 1950 had questioned Luang Por why he gave only one amulet per person.

“… Venerable Luang Por, you set up a rule that whoever donates 25 baht will receive an amulet, and no one can receive the amulet on others’ behalf.  Some people donated 100 baht wishing to receive more amulets for their family members at home.  If so, we will earn more money, and the school will be completed more quickly.”  Luang Por remained silent.  In the evening, he explained that “Do you know? For those who donate a hundred or two hundred baht in order to receive more Buddha amulets for their family members, there are both advantage and disadvantage.  The advantage is we earn money.  Do you know the disadvantage?  If you do not know the disadvantage, let me tell you.

If people receive numerous Buddha amulets for sharing to their family members and neighbors, the receivers of Buddha amulet will not know Wat Paknam and Luang Por Sodh.  So, they will not pay attention, and the Buddha amulets may be left uncared.  If an individual comes to receive the amulet by oneself, he or she knows Luang Por Sodh, this makes it sacred.  If such person does not know how Luang Por Sodh looks like or does not know Wat Paknam, he may even throw away the Buddha amulet.  This is the disadvantage.”

The Most Venerable Charun continued that Luang Por had a technique in giving the gift Buddha amulet that Luang Por would look at the face of the receiver first if he or she was a disciple who respected in him or not, this would make the amulet sacred.  Otherwise, it would be useless for those who received the amulet.

The amulets can become sacred and powerful if the receiver is faithful and respectful.  If one receives an amulet and does not experience the sacredness of such amulet even though one wishes to, one needs to change one’s attitude.  For Wat Paknam, the temple has produced the Buddha amulets up to series nine.  This excludes many other special series of Buddha amulets on special occasions.


How to be Blessed by A Buddha Amulet

After receiving a Buddha amulet from Luang Por, he recommended the receiver not to place the amulet on the altar at home.  Luang Por suggested each Buddha amulet owner to bring the amulet with oneself wherever one went to.  So, the Buddha amulet could secure him.  However, there is a method in inviting the Buddha amulet before putting on the necklace where the Buddha amulet is hung.  Although the Buddha amulet owner did not receive the amulet directly from Luang Por or the amulet is not of series one, the owner should follow Luang Por’s suggestion.  This is the same to Buddha amulets from all series.  To invite the amulet to accompany oneself, one has to make a wish.

Before Luang Por gave amulets to the receivers, he would explain the meditation method in order to visualize a Buddha amulet at the center of one’s body.  For those who follow his guideline, the Buddha will be enshrined inside their body even though they lost the Buddha amulets.  The method is similar to meditation method, but the meditation object is changed from a crystal clear sphere to the Buddha amulet.  According to the ‘Explanation on Gift Buddha Amulet of Pramongkolthepmuni (Sodh Candasaro), Luang Por Wat Paknam in Bangkok, page 5 – 7, Luang Por explained the method on how to reconnect one’s mind to a Buddha amulet as follows:

“.. Please take out the package and look at the Buddha amulet with your naked eyes until you can remember well.  Then, picture the image of Buddha amulet in your mind for further sacredness.  For ladies, picture the image of Buddha amulet at your left nostril.  For gentlemen, picture the image at the right nostril.  [Move the pictured image from base to base until reaching the middle of your body.]  Locate the pictured image at the center of your body.  Imagine that there are two threads.  The first one stretches from the navel to the back.  The second one stretches from the right to the left.  At the intersection of two threads, there is a transcendental Dhamma sphere which forms the human body.  Next, continue to picture the image of your Buddha amulet in the middle of the sphere, the Buddha amulet should face to the same direction as your own body.  This is the first step.

Secondly, the ladies should move their mind from base to base, starting from the left nostril, and right nostril for the gentlemen.  Then, settle your mind in the middle of the pictured Buddha amulet.  Your mind will reach an infinite number of Lord Buddhas.  This method is stipulated by the Lord Buddhas in order to allow humans to reconnect their minds to the Nirvana.  It is similar to devices that can send signal from one country to another country.  Such devices can transmit voice back and forth.  The devices are both a transmitter and receiver.  Still your mind in the middle of the pictured Buddha amulet.  Still your mind there.  Then, recollect the purity of the Lord Buddhas.  Keep your mind still and repeat the pali mantra ‘Samma Arahang… Samma Arahang… Samma Arahang.’  Keep your mind still further until it unifies.  At the right mental unification, the mind becomes still in the middle of the pictured Buddha amulet.  As the mind becomes still, it complies to the Lord Buddha’s teaching.

The stillness of mind is the Lord Buddha’s teaching.  When he went to teach Angulimala, after Angulimala became less aggressive to him, Angulimala yelled “Standstill, monk!... Standstill!”  Then, the Lord Buddha turned to Angulimala and said “I am already still, but you are not.”  This is the stillness that he meant.  Once your mind becomes still, it complies to the Lord Buddha’s teaching.  It reaches the target of Buddhism.  Being still mentally in the middle of the Buddha… in the middle of the middle… deeper and deeper… not to the above, below, right or left, but in the middle of the middle only until one’s mind becomes superbly refined.  Then, one will see the Lord Buddha whether one opens or closes one’s eyes.  The merit energy earned from building a temple or a Buddhist hall is not comparable to the merit energy earned from keeping one’s mind still until seeing the Lord Buddha in meditation.  The merit energy earned from building a temple is just a meritorious deed of the sensual realm. 

The stilled mind in the middle of the pictured Buddha amulet is a mind in meditation.  It is a great merit which is superior.  Keep your mind still in the middle of the clear Buddha image and deepen your mind into the middle of the middle without retreating.  Don’t make it slip, deepening your mind further into the middle of the middle.  At the right mental unification, the clear Buddha image will change his size and color [automatically].  He will turn crystal clear, about the same size as your body or bigger. You will find yourself in the middle of the Buddha image.  Recollect the purity of the Buddha image.  If you can attain the crystal Buddha image like this, you reach the core of Buddhism.

Further into the middle of the crystal clear Buddha image.  The crystal clear Buddha image will become purer and bigger.  You will gain expertise in doing this.  The Buddha image will radiate His radiance.  Follow my guidelines accordingly until you see the crystal clear Buddha image clearly.  This will be wonderful and magnificent…”

The Miracle Power of Buddha Amulets Series 1

Many of those who received the Buddha amulets series 1 had experienced with the miracle power.  Some of them informed their experiences to Luang Por.  Luang Por himself said about the miracle power and sacredness of his Buddha amulets series 1 as follows:

“… all of you had supported Buddhism.  Buddhism received donation from you, so there is something given in return which is a sacred thing.  None has ever found such a sacred thing.  It could be true or hard to estimate.  I myself had invited the Lord Buddhas in Nirvana, there were numerous Dhammakaya.  We invited the Lord Buddhas in an uncountable number of Nirvana to bless these Buddha amulets.”

Those who attain Dhammakaya in the human world also joined to work on such task.  They did the same as the Lord Buddhas did.  The Lords managed by themselves, starting from the beginning of Buddhist lent until the end of Buddhist lent day.  They did not stop even for a single second.  They blessed the amulets to be sacred.  At dawn of the end of Buddhist lent day, our wish in blessing the Buddha amulets was fulfilled.  The foremost Lord Buddha uttered “It is the first time on earth that such sacred things occur.”  Then, He remained silent.  After He uttered like this, we calculated how sacred the amulets are, but it was incalculable. 

I myself started to give these amulets to contributors on the 6th waning moon day which is my own birthday.  After I gave these amulets, there have been many miracle happenings due to the Buddha amulets.  For example, Mrs. Kheao Bangpai, she is around 80 year old.  After she received the Buddha amulet, she placed it on the top of her mosquito net.  At night, the Buddha amulet radiated his aura all over the house.  Everyone was surprised for some time.  Then, the radiance faded away gradually until she found the brightness on the top of her mosquito net.  So, she realized that she placed the Buddha amulet there, and the brightness came out from the amulet.

In the morning of the following day, Mrs. Kheao came to see me saying that there was brightness at her house because of the Buddha amulet who radiated.  In the beginning, she did not know what the cause was, but later on the brightness was at the Buddha amulet, so she came to realize.  On the day when Mrs. Kheao came to receive the Buddha amulet, she had illness.  But since that only one night… when she came to inform me… it seemed like she had an aura.  She looked different from before.  She said the Buddha amulet was amazing as it could change her so much.  That’s not all.  There are many others who received the Buddha amulets.

There was a girl who was not fully thirteen year old yet.  She received a Buddha amulet from Wat Paknam.  She lived on Tok Road.  As she got home, he Buddha amulet floated away into the air.  She saw the Buddha amulet floated into the praying room of a house in her neighborhood.  She followed the Buddha amulet and wished to enter the praying room of such house.  But the owner refused saying that no other was allowed to enter.  So, they argued, and the girl cried.  Then, the owner said if she wished to enter she had to inform her mother first.  So, the girl told her mother, and she was finally allowed to get into the praying room.  She found her Buddha amulet on the altar of the praying room.  The house owner admitted that the amulet did not belong to him.  So, he gave back to the girl.  It is so amazing that a material object like this could fly.

Moreover, the Buddha amulet could talk, not only just radiating.  He could talk.  There was a navy.  On the 29th, the navy had dinner together at the Military Signal Section.  After dinner, the navy had their guns back.  Then, the Buddha amulet which was at the chest of a navy said that “leave your gun and do not stay here.”  The navy did so, but he did not know where to go.  The Buddha amulet replied “go to Wat Chang (Wat Arunrajavararam).  When he got to Wat Chang, the temple was surrounded.  He guessed that he would get shot as the temple was surrounded.  But the Buddha amulet told him to hide away in a concealed place.  So, the navy followed the Buddha amulet’s guidance.  He followed what the Buddha amulet said accordingly by going here and there.  Finally, he could flee.

When the situation turned to normal, he went to see his commander.  Then, he was assigned to the post of a royal adjutant due to vacancy.  After taking his post for nine days, he came to see me to inform what happened to him.  When I saw him, I asked “Where have you been?”  He said “Luang Por, please let me bow to your feet.”  “What’s going on? Tell me.” I questioned.  Then, he explained his happenings.

Different people experienced with the miracle power of the Buddha amulets in different ways.  Some people experience the miracle power soon after they received the amulet, some had to wait for a longer time.  Some did not experience the miracle power until years had passed by or until the Buddha amulets were passed on to their descendants as inheritances.  Some people did better in their business, won the lottery, or experience with financial gains.  Some of them were saved from accidents where many people died.

By that time, Thailand sent its soldiers to join the Korean war.  Many soldiers came to see Luang Por before their departure in order to receive the Buddha amulet and blessed by Luang Por.  Luang Por said as follows:

“… During the Korean war, there were British, American, and Western soldiers who were conversing together.  There were also some Thai soldiers.  Then, a bomb dropped there.  Everyone died except a Thai soldier who had the Buddha amulet.  He received a medal.  This is the miracle power of the Buddha amulet.  One of the amulet owners climbed a coconut tree and fell down.  He laid down for a while and rose to climb the coconut tree again.  Nothing was wrong with him.”


Protecting Oneself & One’s Fellows

The Bangkok Times newspaper had included many articles about the miracle power of Buddha amulets produced by Wat Paknam, even after Luang Por passed away.  So, many people who were interested in the Buddha amulets looked for Luang Por’s Buddha amulets series 1.  This resulted the price to increase continually.  Some samples of the articles are as follows:

“… in order to present the story about courage of Thai soldiers in the Korean war and the sacredness of Thai art… once, I went to see the Most Venerable Pramongkolthepmuni (Sodh), the abbot of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen in Thonburi who was well-known as Luang Por Wat Paknam, in order to ask him about the renowned Buddha amulets which he produced for giving to people as gifts as there were Thai soldiers who could amazingly survive from the battle ground of the Korean war.  Each of these soldiers has a Buddha amulet from Luang Por Wat Paknam on their necklace all alike.

As I arrived Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen in Thonburi, in the area of Talad Plu market, it was time for Luang Por to have lunch at the refectory.  So, I waited for him amidst several people who came to see Luang Por.  While I was waiting, I saw a letter which was written by the lance corporal Vasana Arkomwattana from the 21st mixed division, mailed directly from the battle field of Korean War.  I think that this letter should be publicized for the public to know.  The letter content is as follows:

… since I received a white Buddha amulet and now that I am joining the Korean war.  I am well secured.  As I have been a Buddha amulet collector for years, I have never seen such a high performance Buddha amulet.  Whatever I wish, I made resolutions according to the methodology, and my wishes came true.  This is such a wonderful Buddha amulet, and there is no superior refuge.  I used to have financial difficulty, but since I received this Buddha amulet from you, my financial status has improved and I never face with scarcity.

I would like to tell you, the monastic members, and laypeople about my situation in the war.  By that time, the Thai soldiers engaged in a turmoil battle.  The opponent’s artillery bullet had hit the bullet’s warehouse resulting those who stayed in the area to evacuate as the diesel tanks was on fire and burst its flame until the sky was brighten.  Guns and metal tools and equipment melt down in the fire.  By that time, a soldier had left his Buddha amulet in a pack.

Late in the morning, the fire started to stop and the solider rushed to the spot where he left the amulet, he found his Buddha amulet which was wrapped in a handkerchief and hung to a metal pole.  This amazed many soldiers because the fire was so strong that it melted down even metal, but it could not harm the Buddha amulet wrapped in a handkerchief.  Inside the handkerchief, there were many Buddha amulets from different Buddhist masters.  All of them deformed and melted down except the Buddha amulet from Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen.  Wat Paknam’s Buddha amulet was the only one that survived and left unharmed, even the amulet’s frame.  The news had spread all over our company, and we found that there are only two soldiers who have a Buddha amulet from Wat Paknam which are I myself and my friend whose amulet was under fire.

Another story is, one day, I had to transport some weapons to the top of a mountain.  The spot where I stood to have a conversation was the very spot where the bomb was dropped.  By the power of your amulet, I felt peculiar and moved my weapons away from the spot immediately.  Around fourteen minutes afterward, a bomb was dropped onto the spot where I stood. 

In addition, once, my vehicle fell down from a cliff.  Many soldiers died and got injured, but I could survive by jumping out from such vehicle.  Sometimes, there were snow and fog that caused me to get lost while doing my duty.  It was helpless.  So, I placed my hands in a prayer position and thought of you, around an hour after that the fog faded away rapidly, so I could return to my military base.

There are many other stories which I have not included in this letter since I have to shoot in the battle field almost every single day.  But I could return with a victory every time.  The enemy’s weapons could not harm even my skin.  So, I would like to inform you about this.  My friends and I had tried by ourselves.  Sometimes, the enemy shot us badly.  If we do not have a chance to focus our mind at the center of the body and repeat the mantra, we recollect Luang Por.  This could secure myself and even my friends…

When Luang Por Wat Paknam came down from the refectory after having his lunch, I had a conversation with him about his renowned Buddha amulets.  Luang Por said that he produced the 84,000 Buddha amulets in order to give to his faithful followers for the sake of their prosperity.

In addition, it is for the building of the Dhamma school which cost around two million baht.  The Religion Office provided only 5,000 baht, so the rest comes from the giving of Buddha amulets to donators.  So far, he could raise more than one million baht.  He believed that his project will come to a completion soon.  Regarding the sacredness of his Buddha amulets, Luang Por said that the amulets are sacred in many ways.  Ones who have the Buddha amulets will have a prosperous life and safety as the amulets were produced with the right methodology.

Other than the miracle power of Wat Paknam’s Buddha amulets experienced by lance corporal Vasana Arkomwattana from the 21st mixed division during the Koren war, Luang Por’s other disciples, both monks and laypeople, whom I conversed with on that day, had also experienced the miracle power of Wat Paknam’s Buddha amulets in several ways.  One of them had travelled by plane.  On the way, the plane crashed and caused every passenger to die except the one who has Wat Paknam’s Buddha amulet.  Some of them experienced with prosperity in their lives by winning lottery.

One of Luang Por’s disciples said that Wat Paknam’s Buddha amulets are powerful in term of both gain and beloved.  Luang Por himself has proved that he never face with scarcity, and he is well beloved.  This is a common phenomena at Wat Paknam as Luang Por and his disciple monks do not have to go out for alms round for many decades already because his faithful disciples would line up to donate for treating meals to the monks every single day.

Moreover, there are people who bring groceries and ingredients to the Buddhist nuns and lay staffs for cooking at the kitchen, totally more than a hundred of them.  The electricity and water work bills are also sponsored by donators every month.

Luang Por Wat Paknam is an expert in vipassana meditation, so his temple is a renowned and dominant vipassana school which is well recognized by people from all walks of life including VIPs who are members of the government.  They invite Luang Por and his monks to join different ceremonies always.

Luang Por’s curing of disease is also weird.  He does not rely on medication or holy water, but the patients are required to fill the form to report their symptoms as well as their names and birthday.  The forms will be passed on to Luang Por everyday for one week.  For patients who live in other provinces and are unable to visit Wat Paknam, they can mail their letter to Luang Por.  The forms and letters will be read by vipassana meditators at Wat Paknam who cure the patients’ disease with meditation power.  It has proved that Luang Por’s method of curing disease has helped many patients to recover…” (An article from Bangkok Times, Year 6, Week 280, Monday, 23 May 1960)

Luang Por said that if an army general has one of his Buddha amulets, the subordinates would also be safeguarded. 

The news about the miracle power of Luang Por’s Buddha amulet series one had spread and became the headlines of many newspapers, especially the ones that emphasized on sacredness of Buddhist masters and Buddhist amulets.  People wished to receive an amulet from Luang Por, so they went to Wat Paknam.  People came by bus and by boat from almost every province.  Some came from abroad. 

Due to his popularity, the head of the 21st mixed division invited Luang Por to have meal and chant at his work place, and he requested Luang Por to give the Buddha amulets there.Afternoon session: 

The more popular the Buddha amulets became, the more workload Luang Por had.  He had to give Buddha amulets to donators by himself, and this took many hours a day.  Luang Por started to give Buddha amulets series one when he was 66 year old.  He continued to do so until he became very ill.  Hence, the role was taken over by Luang Por Lek.  Luang Por did not do it because he wished to have good reputation or earn money, but he did it with kindness.  Luang Por thought that many people sacrificed their time and spent money to travel to Wat Paknam, he knew that most people wished to see him and received blessing from him.  People would be disappointed if they travel afar to Wat Paknam but missed the opportunity to meet him.  And they did not know when they would have a chance to go to Wat Paknam again.  Luang Por was a very committed person, and he prefers the committed ones.  He had no worry and never showed his exhaustion.

Luang Por’s brief schedule to give away Buddha amulets was as follows:

Morning session:  After having breakfast

Afternoon session: From one o’clock to three o’clock (in case that there were numerous people)

Evening session: After evening chanting until at night (until there is nobody left in line at the Buddha Hall)

Venerable Pra Kru Samuh Charoen had to arrange the line for those who waited to receive the Buddha amulets.  They would meet Luang Por as a group.  There were monks who assisted the process in lining up and managed the group to enter and leave the Buddha Hall, so there would be not puzzlement.  When the Buddha Hall was overcrowded, the doors would be closed until a number of people leave the Buddha Hall from the back doors, and the front doors would be opened again.  Some people, even strong men who waited in front of the Buddha Hall, had passed out.  But nobody gave up.  Some of them did not just want to receive an amulet, but they wished to seek for advice and guidance from Luang Por.  So, it took longer time.

During the years when Luang Por gave Buddhat amulets to donators, Wat Paknam was crowded.  Many people went to Wat Paknam as if there were a festival.  This made many merchants around the temple got rich, such as those who sold Kao Larm (Bamboo shaft stuffed with sweet rice).  The Kao Larm merchants made very good business, and they could sell numerous bamboo shafts each day.  The bamboo shafts were grilled next to the Buddha hall, and it was known to the public that whoever went to Wat Paknam to receive a Buddha amulet had to buy Kao Larm and Kao Tang (deep fried crispy rice).  Whereas Kao Larm could be bought from merchants, people could buy Kao Tang from Buddhist nuns who worked for the temple kitchen.  

In the old days, rice was steamed with a big metal pan as there was no sizable electric rice cooker as the present days.  Everyday, there were remains of rice on the pan surface.  The Buddhist nuns who worked for the kitchen would scratch the remains of rice and dried it with sunlight.  Then, the dried rice was fried to make Kao Tang. 

Nobody knew that the merry of Wat Paknam when Luang Por gave Buddha amulets had brought about both loss and gain.  As some people gain from this opportunity, Luang Por himself was the one who lost his strength as he had to use much energy and effort in meeting people and explained how to reconnect their mind to the Buddha amulet.  He had to do it over and over for thousands of time as he explained to each person one by one.  Especially, on Buddhist holy day like Visakha puja day, there were about 1,500 people who went to receive Buddha amulets.  This excluded the children.

In addition to meeting with those who went to receive an amulet from him, Luang Por still carried on his routine including meditation practice, chanting, teaching monks and novice monks, and giving sermons as usual.  His workload increased accordingly with his age.  The older he got, the more respect people had upon him.

In 1953, Luang Por’s disciples led by Mr. Kul Pongsuwan, had bought an audio player/recorder for Wat Paknam in order to reduce Luang Por’s workload.  Thus, Luang Por’s voice was recorded into two versions namely the full version and brief version.  The full version explains all the details about how to reconnect one’s mind to the Buddha amulet.  This version takes about an hour.  Another version is brief version.  This is suitable for those who had little time and needed to return to their place earlier.  This is mostly for those who went to receive Buddha amulets in the morning or evening.  The explanation takes about only fifteen minutes.  Mr. Kul had said about this issue as follows:

“I have pondered that Luang Por has to work hard in giving Buddha amulets to donators in order to raise fund for the construction of Dhamma school which cost millions.  He had to bless every single person and explain the recollection methodology to each receiver personally before he gave them.  It normally takes almost two hours.  So, I persuaded senior monks, disciples, and laypeople [of Wat Paknam] to buy an audio player/recorder.  By that time there was only one brand, Revier, from the United States.  The device cost about 10,000 baht.  The audio tape cost around 120 baht each.  We bought the audio tapes for about 5,000 baht.  They are very helpful in reducing Luang Por’s effort in teaching people and giving Buddha amulets.  We also had opportunities to record Luang Por’s sermons every time.

Later on, the audio player/recorder was used to record lectures of teaching monks who taught Dhamma to monks and novice monks.  The recorded lectures were played in order to repeat lessons prior to examination.  I learned later on that many more monks and novice monks had passed the examination [due to the device].

Luang Por was very much satisfied with the audio player/recorder.  He said that it was very good as it lessened his responsibility partially.  Although it could not fully take away all of his responsibility, but it was helpful in such a way that he did not have to speak everything by himself.  Otherwise, he would become more exhausted as it took longer time.

For readers who are people of the new generation and do not know Luang Por, they should put his teachings into practice in order to gain the intellect and become wise.  So, it is worthwhile to be born as a human who meets with Buddhism.  This will make one to be truly wisdomful.  If you do not believe in others’ saying, you should experiment on it by practicing and waiting to see the outcome before concluding that it is impossible.  This is similar to the scientists who experiment on their subjects such as medicine.  Sometimes, the experiment can take such a long time like two decades before they can get a solid outcome.  However, that is not the end of the experiment as they can research further in order to discover something better and gain better understanding.


Buddha Amulets Series 2 and 3

In 1951, after Luang Por had given a half of all the Buddha amulets series 1 to donators, he ordered for the production of Buddha amulets series 2 amounting 84,000 pieces.  He assigned Kru Treetar to supervise the Buddhist nuns at the meditation workshop to press the Buddha amulets similar to series 1.  Then, the amulets were blessed with Dhammakaya meditation power at the meditation workshop.  The amulets series 2 were given to donators right after all of the Buddha amulets series 1 became out of stock.  In 1956, there was only a half of Buddha amulet series 2 left.  However, Luang Por became ill and was unable to give Buddha amulet to donators by himself any more.

Hence, he assigned Luang Por Lek (Teera Dhammadaro, Pali Scholar Level 4, Advanced Level of Dhamma Study) to replace him in giving Buddha amulets.  Luang Por Lek was the only one who was assigned to do this duty because Luang Por Wat Paknam had transferred his Dhammakaya meditation knowledge to Luang Por Lek since Luang Por Lek was a novice monk.  Luang Por Wat Paknam had Luang Por Lek cure others’ diseases as well as teaching and propagating Dhammakaya meditation on  his behalf with good results.  Luang Por Wat Paknam had ordered Luang Por Lek to produce Buddha amulets series 3 amounting 84,000 pieces, in the same manner as series 1 and 2.  Luang Por Lek was assisted by Prakru Palad Narong Dhitayano (later on he was promoted to the rank of the most venerable Rajmolee) and Pramaha Tanom Khemiko.  Kru Treetar was assigned to supervise the pressing of Buddha amulets again.

In the beginning, the Buddha amulets series 3 were pressed from the old molds.  After pressing about 20,000 pieces, Luang Por Lek suspended the Buddha amulets production temporarily since the molds became thin.  So, this lot of Buddha amulets is called ‘shallow-sunken.’  Then, the molds were fixed and the production process continued.  This lot is called ‘deep-sunken.’  Totally, about 100,000 pieces were pressed.  They were more than what was required by Luang Por since there were more components left. 

It is amazing that when the Buddha amulets series 3 were produced, Luang Por was sick and he did not supervise the process by himself.  However, Luang Por could know that the number of Buddha amulets had exceeded the number he ordered.  So, one day, he asked Kru Treetar to meet him and told her to stop pressing the Buddha amulets.

All of the Buddha amulets were brought into the meditation workshop for blessing with Dhammakaya meditation prior to the beginning of Buddhist lent in 1956.  So, there were three series of Wat Paknam’s gift Buddha amulets formally produced when Luang Por was alive.


Blessing the Buddha Amulets

Luang Por’s Buddha amulets became renowned and popular not only among amulet collectors but for people from all walks of life.  Some people would like to know how Luang Por blessed his Buddha amulets. 

Actually, Luang Por’s Buddha amulets, starting from series 1 and all other special series, which were produced since World War II, were produced per Luang Por’s order.  So, Wat Paknam’s Buddha amulets were not antiques discovered from time capsules buried in a sacred place.  Luang Por assigned Kru Treetar to supervise the Buddhist nuns who attained and did not attain Dhammakaya to press the Buddha amulets with molds.  The Buddha amulets were made from dried jasmine and Luang Por’s hairs.  At the back of each amulet, there is a Cambodian language indicating ‘Dhammakhanda.’  Each Buddha amulet is pressed and dried completely, before it is placed into crates and carried into the meditation workshop for blessing.  Luang Por said that the Buddha amulets either big or small as a tamarind leaf are non-living thing, but after blessing for sacredness, they become living being. 

The Buddha amulets series 1 amounting 84,000 pieces were blessed with Dhammakaya meditation power from the first waning moon day of the 8th lunar month until the full moon day of the 11th lunar month (throughout the Buddhist lent period).  Luang Por brought out the Buddha amulets series 1 for giving to donators who contributed for the construction of Dhamma school building on the sixth waning moon day of the 11th month year 1950 on the occasion of his birthday, at the Buddha hall of Wat Paknam.

The production of the Buddha amulets series 2 commenced in 1951, amounting 84,000 pieces, after Luang Por gave about a half of all of Buddha amulets series 1 to donators (around 40,000 pieces).  The Buddha amulets series 2 were made from the mixture of Buddha amulets series 1 and blessed with Dhammakaya meditation power at the meditation workshop for four years.  In 1954, when the Buddha amulet series 1 became out of stock, the Buddha amulets series 2 were given to donators.  This series became out of stock in 1962.

The Buddha amulets series 3 were first produced in 1956, amounting more than 100,000 pieces.  The production commenced after Luang Por gave about a half of all the Buddha amulets series 2 (around 40,000 pieces).  This series was made from the mixtures of Buddha amulets series 1 and series 2.  All the amulets series 3 were blessed with Dhammakaya meditation power at the meditation workshop for 6 years.  They were given to donators for the first time in 1962 and became out of stock on 5 August 1971.


Memorabilia and Medals

Luang Por ordered for the production of memorabilia and medals to be given to people who went to Wat Paknam to congratulate him on the occasion that he was promoted to the monastic rank of Prabhavanakosolthera on 1 February 1950.  There were also handkerchiefs with a picture of Luang Por.  There are wordings that say “Celebrating the Monastic Rank of Prabhavanakosolthera.”  Below Luang Por’s picture, there are wordings that say “Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen Thonburi, 1 February 1950.” 

When Luang Por was promoted to the rank of Pramongkolrajmunee on 5 December 1955, he ordered for the production of lockets with his picture from Japan as memorabilia. 


Birthday Symbol Medal

Prakru Pipatdhammakanee produced Luang Por’s birthday symbol medal on the occasion that he was promoted to the monastic rank of Prakru Pipatdhammakanee on 5 December 1956.  This medal is in rectangle shape.  On one side, there is a symbol of Luang Por’s birthday (Thai numbers on a circle chart) with a wording below that says “The Birthday symbol of Pramongkolrajmunee, Luang Por Wat Paknam.”  At the back, there is a symbol of the seventh base of mind.  Above this symbol, there is a wording that says “Samma Arahang.”  Below this symbol, there is a wording that says “The enigma symbol of Dhammakaya Year 1956.”  This medal is called the birthday symbol medal.  They were available in copper medals and golden medals.


Year 1957 Medal

When Luang Por was promoted to the monastic rank of Pramongkolthepmuni on 5 December 1957, he ordered for the production of silver and copper amulet oval medals as memorabilia.  One side is the image of Luang Por with the wording “Pramongkolthepmuni” below.  At the back of the amulet, there are wordings that say “Luang Por Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen Thonburi 5 December 1957.”  In the middle, there is a Cambodian language that says “Samma Arahang.”


Meals Offering Medal

Luang Por ordered for the production of this medal in year 1958 in order to give to laypeople who donated for meals offering at Wat Paknam.  The medal is in oval shape.  They were available in silver and copper.  In front of the medal, there is a picture of Luang Por with the wording “Pramongkolthepmuni” on the top.  At the back of this medal, there is a symbol of the seventh base of mind with the Cambodian language which says “Samma Arahang.”  Above this symbol, the wording says “A memorabilia for offering meal.”  Below the symbol, the wording says “Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen Thonburi.” 

Every series of lockets and medals were blessed with Dhammakaya meditation power at the meditation workshop before they were given to donators, similar to the Buddha amulets series 1 to 3. 

 

Translated by Pittaya Wong
7 November 2013


How to Meditate With A Buddha Amulet of Wat Paknam

 

Compiled by Pittaya Wong

 

Buddha amulets of Wat Paknam (Bangkok) are blessed by Dhammakaya meditation masters.  Each amulet contains pure energy which is accessible by its owner through meditation practice.  In addition, a Buddha amulet of Wat Paknam can be used as a meditation object (nimitta) for visualizing in Dhammakaya meditation practice.  Owners of Wat Paknam’s Buddha amulets can meditate with their Buddha amulets as follow:

1.  Choose a Buddha amulet that you wish to meditate with.

2.  Look at the Buddha amulet until you can remember well.

3.  Close your eyes and visualize or picture the image of your Buddha amulet (it doesn’t matter if you can visualize clearly or not), facing outward to the same direction as you do, at the first base which is your nostril (right side for men and left side for women).  Then, while visualizing the image, repeat the mantra Samma Arahang in your mind three times.

4.  Move the visualized image of your Buddha amulet to the second base which is at the corner of your eye where your tear duct is located (right eye for men and left eye for women).  Repeat the mantra Samma Arahang three times.

5.  Move the visualized image into the middle of your head (the third base), and repeat the mantra Samma Arahang three times.

6.  Move the visualized image to the roof of your mouth (the fourth base) and repeat the mantra three times.

7.  Move the visualized image to the top of your throat which is above your Adam’s apple (the fifth base) and repeat the mantra three times.

8.  Move the visualized image to the middle of your body at the navel level (the sixth base) and repeat the mantra three times.

9.  Move the visualized image of your Buddha amulet to the center of your body or the seventh base of mind which is approximately two fingers-breadth above the sixth base and repeat the mantra Samma Arahang three times.

10.  Continue to visualize the image of your Buddha amulet at the seventh base of mind and repeat the mantra Samma Arahang over and over. 

As you follow the ten steps above, your Buddha amulet will be unlocked, and your mind will be connected to the source of pure transcendental energy embedded in the Buddha amulet.  When your mind calms down and becomes completely still, you can stop repeating the mantra.  You may gain various inner meditation experiences as your meditation develops.   But remember that stillness of mind is the key to success in your meditation practice.  Do not worry about what you see or experience in your meditation.  Simply continue to rest your mind stilly at the seventh base.  As meditation experience develops, you will gain more and more of insight, intuition, wisdom, super-knowledge, and brightness as the fruits of your practice.  These qualities will coexist with purity, happiness, peace, and joy.