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Below you’ll find both the introducton and the foreword of my book.
Introduction by: Ven. (KRUBAA) Phra Phat Chantarang Sri Pikul Abbot of Wat Koo Tao, Chiang Mai
Since I have known Sri at about the end of 1983 I have known him to always have been, as we call it, “In Dhamma”. His mind and attitude established in Dhamma and therefore he gained an immense knowledge that, due to his many travels, might be unchallenged. In the many years –in this life cycle- that we have known each other he has had his ups and downs in his life. Something he speaks very frank about, both when he teaches as well as in this book. This makes this a book that helps people that lead a laymen’s life to associate with these situations and draw valuable lessons.
In spite of the fact that Sri Annatta has been a monk, he has always made it clear that in order to teach all over the globe he needed to lead a life of a Sanyasee. It helps in practicality in the sense that he can transport himself (monks from the Theravada religion cannot drive a vehicle) and in the sense that he knows what moves people in their “normal” lives. As well as the fact that he doesn’t have to adhere to traditions and customs. The latter makes it possible for him not only to relate to whatever might occur in your life but also makes it possible for him to discuss all and any subjects.
An interesting point is that Sri has the ability to speak many languages in this realm but the way he uses his language makes it possible for all to understand his teachings; he speaks on all levels both of education as well as levels of advancement. From the first time I met him he had this strong urge to make all Dhamma (the way things are) comprehensible for all people in order to help them find salvation, forgiveness and redemption.
For as far as we both remember, but will not expand upon in this book, we have spent many life cycles together, always close to important Buddhist and Hindu learning centres. Our mutual attraction and relationship is explained by this. Clearly, most natural occurring circumstances are easily explained by Buddhism. We both know that there were many, many lifetimes that preceded this one and that in one way or another they were entwined. It is extraordinary that, whilst living in the Western Hemisphere, he tore himself away from what was seemingly his path and retrieved his Buddhist inner self.
When he first came to me it was not only he who was so happy, it was I, myself who was so happy to retrieve an old Kalyanna Mitta (a friend on the path). I remembered and realized how well advanced he had always been (and still is) when it comes to Buddhist scriptures, he can still quote from hidden passages as if they are in front of him, so the name I gave him when he decided to become a monk was an easy choice: Dhammawaroo. Which can be roughly translated as “He who knows the Dhamma”.
From the moment we met up again, I knew he had to go out and teach. It is something that he just had to do. It would indeed make this world a better place, step by step. If you become a student with him you will find it a joy and he makes the difficult subjects sound easy, he has a down to earth kind of method that might sometimes make you forget that you are dealing with a special and well advanced person. He hides this fact so well.
It is also important to realize that in all his teachings he never asks people to give up their religious beliefs, his teaching can be a perfect addition to any and all other religions. In short we call it that Sri has something called Metta Parami and Boon Parami, a strong acquired inner sense of Loving Kindness with the bliss of acquired good deeds from past lifetimes which gives him the possibility to pass this on in various ways. Sometimes in the sense of his teachings, sometimes to help the sick with healing, sometimes to help those in distress or just the ones living in delusion. This book can be a manifest for those who want set out onto the path or further themselves towards enlightenment.
Meditation is the key in this practice, don’t let anybody fool you. Self enhancement in a spiritual sense can only come about by practice, you need to sit down.
But in order to sit down you need the Correct or Right view, The Right Resolve/ decide firmly, Adjust your speech to a Right and correct way, Have a Right conduct (from this moment onward), The correct and Right way of sustaining your livelihood, Make a Wholehearted and Right effort, apply the Right kind of Mindfulness and ultimately apply the Right kind of Samadhee (Calm concentration).
Sri helps you to see these before, during and after practice. Both in methods as well as in speech and actions. This makes his method of training quite unique in our period of time.
I wish everyone lots of joy and happiness, as well as insight, whilst reading this book. May all beings be happy, may all beings be secure and without fear, may all beings be happy minded and may their hearts be wholesome.