Wat Chomtong (Chiang Mai)

Today I was fortunate enough to accompany Ajahn Saen, Phra Ake and Vii to Wat Chomtong (วัดจอมทอง) for the second day of the 5-day celebration of Luang Pu Tong’s 96th birthday. Six hundred monks were invited for each of the five days—for a total of 3,000 monks attending. Far more lay people also attended.

I learned and experienced many things during the celebration of the revered meditation teacher. What most resonates with me is that perhaps as a part and/or a result of his long-term deep meditation practice, Luang Pu eats only 16 bites of food as his only meal each day.