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Long Phor Kasem Biography:-

Long Phor Kasem was born on Wednesday, 28th November BE2455 in Changwat Lampang. Long Phor Kasem was the descendant of Lampang's King from the Lanna Period.

 

He became a novice monk in BE2468 after the dead his uncle, the abbot of Wat Bunyeun. In BE2470, he went to Bangkok, Wat Setuwan to study Pali language. He returned to Lampang and further his Pali studies in Wat Seelom and Wat Bunyawaht.

 

In BE2475, he passed his Pali examination with good results and came in first in class at Wat Setuwan. In BE2476, he was ordained as a monk at Wat Bunyeun at the age of 21 years old. His preceptor was Tahn Jow Koon Tammajindah. His ordained name's was Kemagoh Pikkhu.

 

After he entered monkhood, Long Phor Kasem went to changwat Chiangrai to further his Pali studies. He met Long Phor Kruba Gaen, a very famous monk in North Thailand who was a Tudong monk (forest monk), very good in sammahdti. Long Por Kasem became a disciple of Phra Kruba Gaen and went Tudong with his teacher in forests and cementries. When the abbot of Wat Bunyeun passed away, Phra Dtomkum became the new abbot. After some time, Phra Dtomkum left the temple and the post of abbot at Wat Bunyeun because of boredom.

 

The villagers invited Long Phor Kasem to return to Lampang to be the new abbot of Wat Bunyeun. Long Phor Kasem continue his learning in dhamma and sammahdti practise even when he was the abbot. The more he trained, the more realised that life is uncertain. His duties as the abbot, kept him rather busy and finally in BE2492, he left Wat Bunyeun, and went to stay at Sasahn Sahlahwangthan (a cementry at another place in Lampang).

 

Long Phor Kasem was determined to practise the highest sammahdti at the cementry. He would sit in front of the burial place and watch the burning of corpse. Whether in hot sun or raining, Long Phor would just sit quietly and watched the corpse being burned to ashes. Long Phor Kasem ever sat in sammahdti for as long as 3 months, without shelter under hot sun or heavy rain. Even his robes were wet by the rain or during cold season, when the cold wind blows, Long Phor Kasem would just sit quietly and not complain and asked for anything.

 

He had let go of everything and steadfast in his practise of dhamma and sammahdti. He was known to go without food for 49 days. Since BE2514, Long Phor Kasem only bathed once a year, but there is no stench or foul odour from his body, even his sweat was pouring under the hot sun. More surprisingly, without shether and mosquito net, Long Phor Kasem never suffered a bite from mosquito at the cementry. Long Phor Kasem carried nothing with him. His only possession was an alm bowl, his robe which he was wearing and a piece of human bone for him to practise sammahdti. He did not even have any footwear.

 

Long Phor Kasem often said that he was a forest monk and did not require any possessions. He was contented only with the robe that covered his body. Whatever layman gave to him, he would give away to other monks. Long Phor Kasem never used a pillow to sleep, because to him, a pillow was a luxury. Long Phor Kasem would sleep with his body in full prostrate position in the same spot where he sat in sammahdti. He was very determined to find the truth of life.

 

He asked for nothing in life although he could have enjoyed the luxuries being a descendant of royal blood in Lampang. Long Phor Kasem passed away in BE2538 at the age of 83.

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