Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation

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Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:05 pm

Hello Everyone,

For some time I have been interested in the metta bhavana technique of the Thai bhikkhu Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai. I became acquainted with his teaching through Ajahn Sujato's metta meditation instructions but would like to know more as even the instructions I found from Ajahn Sujato were in the form of mp3. I have a 29 page document which represents notes taken by T.Gunaviro on the technique but, as he says himself, they are not sufficient to learn the technique from scratch and they are filled with lots of transliterated Thai.

If anyone has any information about Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai's techniques and or other resources in English that they could provide me with or point me to I would be extremely appreciative. Mettaya. :heart:

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Re: Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation

Postby tiltbillings » Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:13 pm

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

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Damned if I know.

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Re: Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:26 pm

Thanks Tilt. That's about what I have so far.
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Re: Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation

Postby marc108 » Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:09 pm

I have a word document I found using google, which I believe came from an FTP on a computer at a monastery associated with Ajahn Mahachatchai (although I cant say for sure) . It appears to be some sort of conglomerate of Ajahn Mahachatchai's comprehensive instructions on attaining Jhana using Metta , as well as q&a, various notes, and some letter to Bhante Sujato. It's a bit difficult to sort out it logical order and appears to have been added to many times. That being said, its a great resource!

This forum wont let me upload word documents, so if you PM me your email I will send it to you.

this link MAY also work:
ftp://ttbc.no-ip.org/%E4%B8%96%E7%95%8C ... %20One.doc
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Re: Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:33 pm

A little off topic, but the system will let you upload .zip files, so you can always create a zip file (which most OS's do easily, e.g. create a "compressed (zipped) folder" in Windows) and upload that.

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Re: Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation

Postby Moggalana » Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:22 pm

Not completely sure but I think this are the word files that marc108 mentioned.
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Re: Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:48 pm

Hey Guys,

Thanks but this is the document I have in my possession.
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Re: Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation

Postby marc108 » Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:49 am

Mike, thank you

Khalil, the document I've attached is 31 pages so it may be worthwhile for you to check it out as it appears to contain some extra editing (although I havent read through both thoroughly to make sure). You could also contact Bhante Sujato directly http://santifm.org/santi/contact/
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Re: Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation

Postby Sylvester » Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:40 am

Bhante Sujato mentioned that the editing of the letters into a more formal and structured work is work-in-progress. No publication date promised, as he also needs Ven Mahachatchai's feedback.

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Re: Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation

Postby Moggalana » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:49 am

You probably know these talks already but for everyone else:
Talks from Ajahn Sujato's Metta Retreat at Jhana Grove
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Postby Khalil Bodhi » Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:00 am

Moggalana wrote:You probably know these talks already but for everyone else:
Talks from Ajahn Sujato's Metta Retreat at Jhana Grove


Thank you. I'd not come across these before. :heart:
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Re: Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation

Postby Jesse » Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:02 am

Just digging up this old thread because I am in Bangkok now and looking to find Ajahn Maha Chatchai. Does anyone know where he is or the name of his Wat? Thanks so much!

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Postby Dhammanando » Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:35 am

Jesse wrote:Just digging up this old thread because I am in Bangkok now and looking to find Ajahn Maha Chatchai. Does anyone know where he is or the name of his Wat? Thanks so much!


It's Wat Pleng in Thonburi. Inconveniently there happen to be two wats of this name in Thonburi. One has the full name Wat Pleng Vipassana and is quite famous as its late abbot, Ajahn Praderm, was a highly regarded Abhidhamma teacher. The other is a small obscure wat that nobody has ever heard of. The latter, I'm afraid, is the one that you want.
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Re: Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation

Postby Anagarika » Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:50 am

Jesse, if you do find Wat Pleng and Ajahn Maha Chatchai, do feel free to report back on the Wat, and if you are able to access any of his Metta teachings while there. I've wanted to make the visit myself, but was unsure if the Wat was locatable and whether there was anyone at the Wat that can speak English. All of the instruction videos I've found from Ajahn Chatchai are in Thai. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation

Postby Jesse » Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:24 am

I made it to meet Ajahn Maha Chatchai. The monastery is in a suburban neighborhood in Bangkok. He received us very kindly after we found a monk to take us to his building. We enjoyed meeting him but he spoke very little English and no one around at the time spoke English it would seem. There is a Sunday talk where someone should speak English, but that might be uncertain. So if you want to go Sunday is best, but otherwise you will defintely need to speak Thai or have a translator. I have posted the correct google map for the monastery below.


Wat Phleng Bang Phlat

http://goo.gl/maps/SrQV6

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Re: Ajahn Mahâ Chatchai - Metta Meditation

Postby Anagarika » Fri Apr 03, 2015 2:39 pm

Jesse wrote:I made it to meet Ajahn Maha Chatchai. The monastery is in a suburban neighborhood in Bangkok. He received us very kindly after we found a monk to take us to his building. We enjoyed meeting him but he spoke very little English and no one around at the time spoke English it would seem. There is a Sunday talk where someone should speak English, but that might be uncertain. So if you want to go Sunday is best, but otherwise you will defintely need to speak Thai or have a translator. I have posted the correct google map for the monastery below.


Wat Phleng Bang Phlat

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Thanks, Jesse. I wish you a safe and valuable journey in Thailand.


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