F L O R I D A M E D I T A T I O N C E N T E R
Florida Meditation Center (FMC) is a non-profit organization, whose primary purpose is teaching meditation. It is our conviction that individual peacefulness of mind underlies the collective potential for harmony and peace in the world. FMC operates under the Dhammakaya Foundation, headquarters in Thailand, a non-governmental organization of the United Nations.
FMC was founded in the state of Florida in 2006 by a group of people interested in the practice of meditation. The meditation center is located in the peaceful town of Plant City, 22 miles east from Tampa close to I-4 in Florida. The center is surrounded by nature. The settle atmosphere creates the tranquil environment perfectly suited for meditation.
Dhammakaya Meditation technique is effective and easy to learn. Everyone can benefit from it regardless of age, race or religion.
Activities organized by FMC include meditation lessons, retreats, Buddhism teaching, and youth training. Classes are provided both in English and in Thai, at no charge, but donations are welcomed.
(LUANG PHAW DHAMMAJAYO)
[1944 - PRESENT]
THE PRESIDENT OF THE DHAMMAKAYA FOUNDATION
“Dear all deities and those dwelling here, Black Cliff.
I am a Buddhist monk wearing a saffron robe which represents the flag of victory to an arahanthood. I aim with my willing power to set bloodless troops for fighting evils (Mara) here and now.
As long as all living creatures are still suffering from dhukka-birth, aging, sickness and death- and being an evil’s slave.
I will remain and dub the dhamma drums in the battle of samsara.
I will complete Nirvana after all being’s completion.Wish all beings have peace and happiness.”
PHRA RAJBHAVANAVISUDH (LUANG PHAW DHAMMAJAYO)
THE ABBOT OF WAT PHRA DHAMMAKAYATHE PRESIDENT OF THE DHAMMAKAYA FOUNDATION
Phrarajbhavanavisudh (Venerable Dhammajayo Bhik- khu) was born Chaiyaboon Sutthipol on the 22nd April 1944 to Janyong Sutthipol (his father) and Juree Sut- thipol (his mother). At Suan Kularb School, Bangkok, Thailand, Chaiyaboon during his adolescence, started to be interested in Buddhism. Having matriculated from Suankularb Wittayalai School (Secondary) in 1963, Chai- yaboon was enrolled in the Faculty of Economics, Kasetsart University.
While in college, he became a student at the Meditation Center of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen. It was here that he first met the Buddhist nun Chandra Khonnokyoong, one of the most respected Buddhist Meditation teachers at that time. Under Kuhn Yay's supervision, Chaiyaboon attained a certain level of knowledge of Buddhism.
Chaiyaboon also got to know many fellow students both in Kasetsart University and in other universities who were interested in practicing meditation. One of these early acquaintances later became his assistant in the endeavor to establish the Dhammakaya Buddhist Center. His assistant was Mr.Padet Pongswardi who became a Buddhist monk and is now well-known as Phrabhavanaviriyakhun, the Vice-abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya.
After his graduation from Kasetsart University with a B.Sc. degree in Economics, he was ordained at Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen on the 27th of August 1969. After six years of monkhood, Ven.Dhammajayo became a teacher in the specialized approach to meditation known as Dhammakaya meditation. In the beginning, the meditation courses were carried out at a private lodging called ‘Baan Dhammaprasit’ within the compound of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen. On 23rd February 1970, the group moved to a plot of donated land in Pathum Thani Province. Ven.Dhammajayo and a group of devoted Buddhists transform the site into a wooded parkland with a system of canals.
Phrarajbhavanavisudh influenced millions of people within Thailand and worldwide to practice meditation form of Dhammakaya. He set up the Dhammakaya Open University (DOU) in Azusa, California in 2003 to offer degree courses in Buddhist studies. He encouraged Thais to quit drinking and smoking through the activities of Anti-Drinking and Anti-Smoking program. World Health Organization (WHO) presented the 2004 World No Tobacco Day Award to Phrarajbhavanavisudh in recognition for his achievement of activities of the Anti- Drinking and Anti-Smoking program on 31st May 2004.
Phrarajbhavanavisudh persuaded Thai Youths to come to the temple and participate in various community and social services. Hundreds of people participate in various activities annually. Up to present, these pro-grams have been in existence for almost two decades and a total of tens of thousands of young Thai people have ordained while almost five million young Thai people have participated in such activities.
His movement has expanded to over eighteen countries worldwide. He has also established a Buddhist satellite network or Dhamma Media Channel (DMC.TV) with a 24 hour-a-day Dharma and meditation teachings broadcast to the audience worldwide.
In 2006, the World Buddhist Sangha Youth (WBSY) committee unanimously agreed to present the most honorable Universal Peace Award – the highest award in commemoration of year 2550 B.E. – to Phrarajbhava- navisudh (Ven.Dhammajayo Bhikkhu), the president of Dhammakaya Foundation whose work in dissemination of Buddhism for more than 30 years is vitally recognized.
(LUANG PHAW DATTAJEEVO)
[1941 - PRESENT]THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE DHAMMAKAYA FOUNDATION
Phrabhavanaviriyakhun (also known as Phadet Datta- jeevo) is a Thai Buddhist monk. Born in 1941 in Kan- chanaburi, Thailand, he followed secular education to post-graduate level.
When Wat Phra Dhammakaya, Pathum Thani Province was founded in 1970, he was the enthusiastic leader who was not only in charge of the pioneering construction work but also for developing the friendly relationships with many householders living in the neigh- bourhood of the temple. He was ordained in 1971, at the age of thirty-two at Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen, Bangkok and studied in the Dhammakaya meditation tradition of Phra Monkolthepmuni (Luang Pu Wat Paknam) under his teachers Kuhn Yay Maha Ratana Upasika Chandra Khonnokyoong (1909–2000) and Phrarajbhavanavisudh (Chaiyaboon Dhammajayo) (b. 1944). He also had the opportunity to study in the academic curriculum of Dhamma Studies until reaching Grade I.
Within a few years, he had become a well-known Dhamma lecturer. A set of Dhamma Sermon cassettes on the ‘Thirty-Eight Blessings (Mangala Sutta)’ was his earliest masterpiece. These lectures became very popular with Thais both in Thailand and abroad. He was made vice-president of the Dhamma Missionary Outreach Sector 8 and is the president of the Dhammakaya International Society of California. Most
notably he is vice-president of the Dhammakaya Foundation, an organization dedicated to the outreach of meditation and Buddhism for world peace throughout the world. He was also acting abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya from 2000-2006. His work in Buddhist teaching were recognized by the Royal Palace of Thailand and he was consequently elevated to the Royal Order (Ordinary Level) with the title ‘Phrabhavanaviriyakhun’ in 1992. He has also received the Dhammacakra Sema-Pillar award from H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 1993.
Better known to his congregation as ‘Luang Phaw Datta- jeevo’, it is now thirty years he has spent teaching the Dhamma. He has spoken regularly before international audiences and as a panelist at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session “World Summit for Social Development” on 30 June 2000 in Geneva, he highlighted the importance of spirituality in addressing social development and overcoming poverty.
An active author, he has written more than sixty Dhamma books published in the Thai language, ten of which have been translated into foreign languages. At the age of sixty-eight years, he is still working as hard as thirty years ago. As vice-president of the Dhammakaya Foundation, he has to run the organization as Phrarajbhavanavisudh’s right-hand man.
Khun Yay Archaraya
Khun Yay Acharaya Chandra Khonnokyoong was born on a Wednesday that was 5 days ahead of the full moon of the second lunar month in 1909. Khun Yay was the fifth of nine children in the family. Her father, Ploy, and mother, Pan, were well-to-do farmers in Nakhonchaisri, Nakhon Pathom Province.
Since early childhood, Khun Yay was extremely diligent and hard-working that was hard to find anyone to compare. At her teenage year, she failed to witness her father’s sudden decease, thus, could not beg for forgiveness before his departure. Hence, she was very determined to meet him somewhere afterlife.
In 1937 Khun Yay heard of Luang Pu Wat Paknam Bhaseecharoen who was teaching disciples to visit hells and heavens by the power of meditation. She then decided for renunciation, leaving home for Wat Paknam to learn meditation. Her plan was step by step, starting from being a servant of the house that the mistress was an important supporter to the Wat. This was a chance to learn meditation with the meditation teacher from the Wat. Finally in her meditation she attained “Dhamma- kaya.” Dhammakaya is the (inner) body of Enlighten- ment. With the power of Dhammakaya, she could help her father in the realm of hell. Later, she could live at Wat Paknam and enter nunhood ever since. With her
nature of determination, her meditation went up to intermediate and so advanced that she studied ‘Vijja Dhammakaya’ (the high level of Dhammakaya Medita- tion) in person with Luang Pu Wat Paknam (Phramong- kolthepmuni). She won the reputation for her meditation progress. It was one day that the Great Abbot Luang Pu Wat Paknam praised Khun Yay that her meditation was as profound as “Second To None.”
Khun Yay, as one of the students of Luang Pu Wat Paknam, was in the forefront in meditation learning. Luang Pu was the founder of Dhammakaya Meditation while Khun Yay was the one who passed on Vijja Dhammakaya (or the Knowledge from attaining the Dhammakaya) from the Great Abbot to Luang Phor Dhammajayo (Ven. Dhammajayo Bhikkhu). Luang Phor himself is determined to propagate the teachings of Buddhism together with Dhammakaya Meditation to all mankind.
That is to say, Khun Yay Archaraya Chandra Khonnok- yoong is the founder of Wat Phra Dhammakaya.
Khun Yay is the key and is the whole factors of progress of Wat Phra Dhammakaya.
Khun Yay Archaraya
[ 1909 - 2000 ] The Founder of wat phra Dhammakaya
Life retires at 60 but not for Khun Yay.At 60 she started her new chapter of life by leading her meditation students
to build Wat Phra Dhammakaya, north of Bangkok.With the initial fund of only 3,200 baht (US$ 80 approx.)and strong determination of the devoting team,
today we witness the Temple that is clean and beautiful for all who seek mental and spiritual refuge. Her life is forever worthwhile to discover...