By Acariya Maha Boowa Nanasampanno
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4 After his ordination, he took residence at Wat Liap in Ācariya Sao’s vipassanā meditation center. The Prophecy When Ācariya Mun first began practicing vipassanā at Ācariya Sao’s center, he meditated constantly, internally repeating the word “buddho”, the recollection of the Buddha, as he preferred this preparatory Dhamma theme above all others. In the beginning, he failed to experience the degree of calm and happiness that he expected, which caused him to doubt whether he was practicing correctly.
Suddenly spotting a party of dhutanga monks walking toward them, they would yell to each other in alarm, “Dhamma monks! ” With that they threw their baskets and other gear to the ground with a thud, and frantically rushed to find a safe hiding place. Their discarded belongings could have been damaged or broken when flung to the ground, but they took no notice; everyone simply fled into the nearby forest, or if close by, to their village homes. Meanwhile the children, who had no idea what was happening, started crying and pleading for help when they saw their mothers scream and run away.
Living separately eliminated the burden of having to arrange living quarters for so many monks. Even when living apart, they often thought of each other with genuine concern. On occasions when Ācariya Sao’s disciples visited Ācariya Mun, the first question he asked concerned the health and well-being of Ācariya Sao, who in turn invariably reciprocated by inquiring about Ācariya Mun’s well-being when one of his disciples paid a visit. Through such messengers, each then conveyed his respectful greeting to the other, maintaining contact in this way at every opportunity.