Sai Khao is located in Changwat
Pattani Province, Thailand and is a Maha Nikai Buddhist
Sai Khao was built in B.E. 2300 and the temple's old church was built in B.E.2478. There are two Nikai or sects of Buddhism
in Thailand namely Maha Nikai and Hinayan Nikai, most of the temples in
Thailand are Hinayan Nikai temples.
to the history of Wat Sai Khao, Mr.Peng or Than Pakdichumpol, who moved from Sraiburi (now part of Malaysia), donated the land and money to build the temple before inviting monks
to take up residence.Wat Sai Khao was established as a juristic person in B.E.2432, and passed the Pook Pattasima ceremony
in B.E.2435. (The ceremony was aimed to define the temple area.) Because of the vast area of the temple, part was used to
locate a primary school which has now been in existence since B.E.2460.
the construction of Wat Sai Khao, six abbots have taken up residence, the first one was Long Phor Man, and the latest one
is Long Phor Peng Pamuto B.E 2543, and a direct descendant of Archan Nong Dharma Bhuto. Wat Sai Khao has been continuously
developed with many of the buildings renovated such as Pra Vihara, library, belfry, monks' residences etc. Today it is considered
one of the most beautiful temples in the kingdom.
Nong Dharma Bhuto, or Prakru Dharma Kitkosol, was one of two famous monks who were responsible for creating the now famous Long Phor Thuad, Wat Chang Hai amulets
in B.E.2478. His co-worker at that time was Phra Ajahn Tim Dharma Taro.
Nong Dharma Bhuto, formerly named Mr.Nong Northong, was born the son of Mr. Rueng and
Mrs. Thonpeng, on December 15, B.E.2462, at Tumbol Bankluay, Ma-krood District, Pattani
Province. More recently the district's name has changed to Kokbhoti District.
parents had three children namely; Mrs.Thongchan, Archan Nong Dharma Bhuto and Mr.Nuam. His parents divorced and remarried,
and subsequently had a further three daughters, Mrs.Woon (his stepmothers daughter), Mrs. Nuem Kaewthongprakum and Mrs Nium
Siriphorn (his stepfathers daughter).
Nong Dharma Bhuto, was ordained as a novice at the age of 19 and as a monk aged 21 on June 27th, B.E. 2482, at Wat Napradoo.
Phra Ajahn Tim Dharma Taro, his co-worker, was also ordained on the same day. His preceptor was Prakru Wibul Samanawatra of
Wat Mujjarintawapiwihara, who gave him his new Pali-language name as Dharma Bhuto.
Archan Nong Dharma Bhuto passed the examination for Nak Dharma Chan Aek, or first class Dharma expert.
Appointed Vice Abbot of Wat Chang Hai.
Appointed Abbot of Wat Sai Khao, and the monk group leader of Tumbol Kokbhoti,Or Kokbhoti sub-district
Appointed by the supreme patriarch as Prakru Dharma Kitkosol, as 3rd class Dharma Teacher.
Appointed by the supreme patriarch as Prakru Dharma Kitkosol, as 2nd class Dharma Teacher.
Appointed by the supreme patriarch as Prakru Dharma Kitkosol, as 1st class Dharma Teacher.
As previously mentioned he and Pra Ajahn Tim, were ordained on the same day,
and naturally were good friends often helping each other on various missions, including an occasion in B.E.2497 when they
both co-created the Long Phor Thuad Pranuewan amulets. these amulets are now
very rare and expensive, well beyond the budget of the average collector. Fortunately there are however many amulets that
do fall within the range of the enthusiast and in the next article on Archan Nong we will be looking at the various amulets
Phor Nong Dharma Bhuto was known as a merciful priest. He often helped the poor, both ordinaries and monks, to be educated.
Furthermore, he also helped renovate many buildings, including temples' and public buildings.
also devoted his entire life to all of Buddhist affairs, regardless of troubles or hardship. Due to his dedication to Buddhism
and hard work, Archan Nong Dharma Bhuto was plagued with many diseases, including high blood pressure and lung disease. Although
he was treated at hospital his conditioned continually worsened.
Archan Nong Dharma Bhuto passed away at 03.27 a.m., on September 11th, B.E.2542, at Kokbhoti hospital. He was aged 80 years
of which 60 were devoted to Buddhism. His cremation took place at 03.59 p.m., on the 20th May May B.E.2545, at Wat Sai Khao.
Though, his body was burnt, his name will be respected eternally not only by the locals of Patani but by all of Thailand and many international devotees.
virtues, along with Phra Acharn Tim's, will be always admired, due to their great devotion to Buddhism and the general public.
Not only were they some of Thailand's
greatest guru monks but the creators of the legendry Long Phor Thuad amulet.