At a very young age, Khen studied meditation and Buddha Dhamma from his late maternal grandmother, Anagarika Khemavati (Maechee Khoo), a Buddhist nun and meditation master under the Burmese Mahasi Sasana Yeikhta lineage.
He was also fortunate to have studied his family’s esoteric knowledge (Tantric Theravada) from his late paternal grandmother (Mek Sim) and grandaunt who eventually inherited the knowledge to him as the current lineage holder.
During the final hours of his maternal grandmother, Khen was at her deathbed when he first met Sayadaw U Revata who arrived to recite traditional Buddhist scriptures (Abhidhamma).
It was as if karmically fated that it was Sayadaw U Revata, whom out of compassion, accepted Khen’s request to become ordained as a sāmaṇera (novice monk) at the age of 14 and 16 under the Burmese tradition when he had the opportunity to study the Tipitaka (Buddhist scriptures) and fundamentals of Vipassana (Insight) and Metta Bhavana (Loving-kindness) meditation.
Khen was also fortunate enough to have undergone several meditation retreats under the guidance of Sayadaw U Janaka (Chanmyay Sayadaw), student of the late Mahasi Sayadaw, the personal teacher of his late maternal grandmother.
At 18, Khen traveled to Kedah to meet Ajarn Chamriang Chandano (Phra Khru Siddhikanarak) of Wat Rajatagiri in Pendang, another teacher of his late maternal grandmother and received his third sāmaṇera ordination.
This was also the time when Khen met Ajarn Phaluek who gave further initiation to Khen and accepted him as his personal student. Ajarn Phaluek was originally from the Wat Mai monastery in Songkhla (Khen’s family ancestral remains from the Sriyapant clan are kept here) residing in Wat Rajatagiri.
When he was 22, he received his higher ordination as a Bikkhu under the Thai Maha Nikaya tradition at Wat Thepsuwannawam under Chao Khun Nam (Phra Khru Nikrothammathada), the chief abbot of Kedah and went on wandering in Thailand where he spent his rain season retreat (vassa) in Boonkanjanaram Meditation Centre, Chonburi and further retreats in the forests of the Thai-Cambodian borders of Chantaburi.
At Boonkanjanaram, Khen further studied under Ajarn Vitoon Voravises and Ajarn Chaiyo, students of the late Ajahn Naeb Mahaniranonda’s (1897-1983) Vipassana-Kammathana lineage.
With a heavy heart, Khen decided to leave the monastery on Christmas Day, 2006 and vowed to continue sharing the Dhamma knowledge and his family’s healing arts which he has acquired over the several years of apprenticeship under his teachers.
Despite strict adherence to lineage and tradition, Khen maintains in a nonsectarian approach to the fundamental teachings of the Dhamma.
Over the years of monastic training, Khen also became devoted to the Jivaka Komarabhacca (Ruesi Chiwok/Rishi Jivaka) healing tradition.
On rare occasions, he teaches meditation techniques particularly on Metta Bhavana (Loving-Kindness) and Vipassana-Kammathana in retreats.
Dharma Chandra Purnama
“Important and outstanding events connected with the life of Lord Buddha took place on full moon days.
The Buddha was born on a full moon day. His renunciation took place on a full moon day. His Enlightenment, the delivery of His first sermon, His passing away into Nibbana and many other important events associated with His life-span of eighty years, occurred on full moon days.”
-Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera, What Buddhists Believe (2002)
Dharma Chandra Purnama, or Full Moon Dharma is also the metaphoric acronym (DCP) for the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, The Discourse on The Setting in Motion of The Dhamma Wheel, the first ever sermon of the Buddha upon attaining enlightenment.
DCP is a social media initiative to propagate the dissemination of Dhamma and sharing on Dhamma related subjects.