Who is he?
Luang Ta Chi is the pen name of Phra Maha Surasak Dhammarat, abbot of Wat Thai Washington, D.C. A wat is a place of residence for monastics and a temple of worship. It is also a community center for monastics and laypeople. Luang Ta means Venerable Grandfather. Chi (pronounced Chee) is the first syllable of his monastic name, Chiwanantho. Adults as well as children began calling him Luang Ta Chi affectionately after he began using the pen name in his writings. He will be referred to by his original name, Maha Surasak, when the story of his youth in Thailand is being told. His most familiar name, Luang Ta Chi, will be used whenever he is speaking in his own voice.
The following story is an adventure in education, pursued not always under the best of conditions.
Village of the Beautiful Termite Hill
If enjoyed, too, it makes the heart blossom.Before long, through work, one will understand Dhamma profoundly.
Work itself is the very practice of Dhamma.All kinds of work, done as practice, are truly valuable.
Just as a sharpshooter can bag a sackful of birds with a single shot, In devotion to work, the worker gains much wisdom.
The Most Influential Teachers:Luang Ta Chi is deeply inspired by Ajan Buddhadasaûs writings. Despite the fact that many people in modern society work just enough to get by, a tendency that has become the norm, the abbot often emphasizes that we can develop our human potential through our work if we put our hearts and minds fully into what we are doing. In the following poem, Ajan Buddhadasa states explicitly that work itself is essential to spiritual attainment.
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