Poo Doo / หลวงปู่ดู่
May 10, 2447/1904 - Jan 17, 2533/1990
Luang Poo Doo (officially
called “Pra Prompunyo”) was born on May 10, B.E.2447 in Uthai District
(Ayuttaya Province). His parents Mr.Put and Mrs.Puang were
It seemed like he was destined to be a famous monk since the day he was born was one of the
most important Buddhist days, called “Visakha Bucha Day” -
a day to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord
(note: It is recorded that Lord Buddha was born,
enlightened and passed away on the full moon night of the sixth
month according to the lunar calendar. Really a great
miracle that all the three events occurred on the same date.)
Floating baby story
He was just a little baby when a strange thing happened on one
rainy day. It was raining so hard that their house and all the
surroundings were flooded. The parents was very poor and
therefore aside from daily farming they were also making little
snacks to sell at the downtown-market. On that day, while they
were cooking, they suddenly heard the dogs barking loudly. When
they came out to see what was going on they almost fainted
because their little baby, Doo, was floating on the river,
flushed away from the yard by the quickly growing stream. The
baby was lying on a big pillow, which helped to save him from
drowning and Mr. Put managed to bring the boy back home. However
the incident made his parents believe that their baby had some
magic power that had helped saving his life - otherwise he would
have been killed by the wild river.
Unfortunately Mr.Put and Mrs.Puang had no chance to see
Luang Poo Doo ’s success in the priesthood as they both passed
away around the time when Luang Poo Doo was just 4 years old. He
had become a little poor orphan who was raised by his grand
mother and sisters. They later sent him to be educated at
Wat Pradoosong Dharma.
Luang Poo Doo had begun his education at Wat Pradoosong Dharma,
where he was ordained as a novice. When he’s 21 years old (May
10, 2468), he was
ordained as a Buddhist monk at Wat Sakae by another famous sacred monk
named Luang Phor Klun, the abbot of Wat Pra
Yatikaram (as well as Luang Poo Chai, the abbot of Wat Klang
Klongsrabua and Luang Poo Dae, the abbot of Wat Srakae). After that he had moved to stay at Wat Sakae to
continue learning higher levels of Lord Buddha’s Dharma as well
spend the most of his life. Soon he started learnig Dhamma from
many senior monks including Luang Phor Klun, Luang Phor Nueng,
Luang Phor Chom, Luang Phor Rod and Luang Phor Pao. Particularly
Luang Phor Klun had taught him about meditations, which was the
most important science that would later helped him to become a
famous magic-power expert, as well as Luang Por Pao, who was
teaching him a lot of magic sciences which later helped to create sacred amulets to help protecting
people from danger and evil.
Luang Phor Doo, just like other sacred
monks, tried to learn various magic sciences. To get the right
experience he set out for travel to the deep forests in Karnchanaburi and
Supunburi Province. He also stayed at the very respected sacred
shrine “Pra Tandongrung”. It was recorded that at
the time he was very interested in sacred tattooing, and got tattooed
on the most of his body. However later, when he grown older, he considered that sacred tattooing was just a magic science that
does not really help people being truly
unleashed from the circle of creatures (comprising the birth,
aging,, being ill and dying). That's why he had turned to be more interested
in meditations, which was accepted as the best way to help
developing the human soul to be purified and powerful enough to leave
(note: According to Lord Buddha’s teachings all
creatures in this world must be reborn repeatedly until their
souls are purified and void of sins, which had bounded them to
the circle. By practicing meditations your mind gets more
and more purified and powerful until you could get rid of all
sins and leave the circle.)
MEDITATION AND OTHER
Actually Luang Poo Doo was really lucky because of his teacher Luang Por Klun, who
showed him how to practice meditation by
controlling his breath by both, the inhalation and exhalation. By the
way, when he inhaled he would say “Buddh” and when exhaled he
would say “Dho”. By the practicing his mind, one becomes to be more and
more purified and his soul would get closer and closer to Lord
Buddha. For ordinary people it isn't that simple
because human hearts naturally lack the concentration. Sometimes you might be worried about your family, your
children, your businesses etc, and therefore it is quite
necessary to practice meditation at the right place and under a
sacred control and help of monks. That’s the main reason for
some people can be successful in meditation while others are not.
All the people, who were led by Luang Poo Doo were
really lucky because apart from the senior monk’s heartfelt
dedications, his sacred power would also help to protect the
peoples' souls from spirits that might try to
obstruct or disturb them while they are meditating.
A wonderful dream story
Around the year B.E.2500, LP Doo had a dream that he ate three
stars. After he awakened he concluded that the three stars were
the three main parts of Buddhism: Buddha (Lord Buddha), Dharma
(Lord Buddha’s teachings) and Sangkha (monks). Therefore he
decided to recite the sacred spell called Tra Saranakom:
Buddhung Saranung Kutchami,
Dharmung Saranung Kutchami,
Sangkhung Saranung Kutchami
A spell to get rid of thieves story
There was annoying period when Wat Srakae was often visited by
thieves who kept regularly stealing various things. LP Doo was
trying to find a way to get rid of them and he had found the name
of “Archarn Choti”, a famous ancient monk, who used to have a
special spell that could help tu push the thieves away.
(note: Acharn Choti,
was an ancient Buddhist monk who is famous in the Thai history.
Around 250 years ago, when the Burmese armies had invaded the
Kingdom of Siam(Thailand), Archarn Choti led a group of people in
Bang-rajun Village, a group of villagers with almost no weapons
to fight and kill Burmese invaders .)
Thus, LP Doo kept praying and asking Archarn Choti in his dreams
for the spell, but there was no responses until several years
after, when Luang Poo Doo almost forgot about the issue:
A young man visited Wat Sakae and was ordained a Buddhist monk by
LP Doo, who had also helped teaching him to practice meditations.
After some time this young monk approached LP Doo with an amazing
“Have you ever known Archarn Choti?” The question really
surprised LP Doo since he had been waiting for many years for
any response from the ancient sacred monk.
“Yes, I have.”, replied Luang Poo Doo.
“Archarn Choti had come to me in my meditations and wished to
tell you that you should be interested in that sacred spell
because these spells are black magic and it would hinder you from
your future enlightement.”, said the young monk.
A lot of witnesses were present and could hear their
conversation. They could also hear Luang Poo Doo saying:
“Actually, I almost forgot about the spell already because too
many years had passed. But eventually Archarn Choti gave me
the answer through you.”
(note: It was believed that the persons, who had
succeeded in practicing meditations would be able to contact the
spirits and souls of dead people.)
“Kumarn Hoo-tum” story
Luang Poo Doo was very famous for his simple way of teaching Lord
Buddha’s Dharma. He would always tell an easygoing story that
could be easily understood by the rustic local people to help
the true instructions of Lord Buddha. One of his most famous
story was called “Kumarn Hoo-tum”. The story was about a
millionaire, who was mean and never wanted to pay money in
any way even when his son named “Kumarn Hoo-tum” got seriously
ill and needed some help. Eventually the boy died. Because of
the mercy of Lord Buddha, before he had seen a
miraculous light, caused by Lord Buddha’s sacred power.
He recognised that the light Lord Buddha's mercy
for all creatures. At that moment the boy fell to respect
to Lord Buddha and after his soul had left his body
he was born in heaven and was renamed to “Mutta Khuntasi
Dhepbutra”, and blessed to stay in heaven forever.
Mercy for all
Luang Poo Doo was famous for his mercy for all creatures and
everyone, who visited the temple, would be allowed to touch his
mercy. LP Doo would never refuse welcoming them despite being
very tired, after working hard all day.
“Just only thinking of Lord Buddha’s mercy could cause you a
lot of virtues. Therefore if you often remind yourselves of Lord
Buddha, Dharma and Sangkha you would surely gain lots of virtues
that would lead you to heaven after you have passed away.”, used
to say LP Doo.
“If you want to be successful you must begin to do something, not just
only waiting for miracle to help you. Lord Buddha is the best
example, he went through everything - he suffered from various tortures
before he could be enlightened and so should do all the creatures, if
they want to follow Lord Buddha’s way. Just begin today, and success will
be waiting for you indeed - sooner
or later, it just depends how hard you’ve tried. ”.
In around B.E.2527 Luang Poo Doo ’s health became worse. He had
to visit the hospital several times, and was found to have a serious heart disease.
Although it was suggested to him to stay at the hospital for many times until his
heart becomes better, he refused and stayed at the Wat. He
was simply felt so responsible for the Buddhism activities and
all of his followers at the temple. LP Doo kept on hard working until the year B.E.2532.
Lots of people were visiting the temple to listen to his
teachings, without realising that the old monk was seriously ill. LP Doo never complained about
his weakened health, he had just kept on teaching Lord Buddha’s Dharma to all
In the morning of January 16, B.E.2533, Luang Poo Doo welcomed
the visitors with his face smiling as usual. No one seemed to be
alerted that this famous
monk would leave his body tomorrow. In the next morning ( January 17, B.E.2533, at 05.00 a.m.) the monks and novices in the temple found Luang Poo Doo passed
He was 85 years and 8 months old. His body was buried during the
official funeral under the King’s patronage on April 20,
B.E.2534. He had served
Buddhism for 65 years.
Although LP Doo has been away for more than 16 years, lots of people
visiting Wat Sakae every year to organize a Buddhism ceremony dedicated
to him and his work that helped to lead many people to
successful ways of lives.
Due to his reputation in possessing supernatural powers and
mastering magic sciences, many people seek his amulets. Many stories about his
supernatural power are circulating among Thai people (the amulets saved many lives and some
of them also helped
poor people to win lottery prices). Because of their brilliant
reputation it is quite hard to get a genuine amulet by Luang Poo Doo.
Besides the fact that there is always a huge lot of fakes at Thai
amulet market, Luang Poo Doo made so many
series of amulets that it is really difficult to remember and
distinguish between the true and fake amulets.
The most famous of his amulets are probably the silver rings.
They were made of 12.6 - gram gold and called
Luang Phor Thuad
Luang Poo Doo highly respected Luang Phor Thuad of Wat Chang Hai,
and he would always teach all of his followers to give respect
to this sacred monk.
“Luang Phor Thuad is a high-level Dharma practitioner, who would
definitely succeed in his enlightenment as Lord Buddha in the
future.”, used to say LP Doo. The local people from Ayuttaya are
ensured that LP Doo was a reincarnation of LP Thuad himself. LP
Doo used to contact LP Thuad during meditations and LP Thuad
reputedly helped him to make particular amulets.
Also, one of LP Doo ’s most famous series of sacred
amulets was called “Rian Perdloke (= Open The World)” - a sacred
coin with the
portrait of Luang Phor Tuad embossed on the front side and on the sacred endorsement and the name of Luang Poo Doo of Wat
Sa-kae on back, together with the Thai number identified B.E.2532
was the year that this series of amulets was made). The
followers of Luang Poo Doo revealed that Luang Poo Doo would tell
them them that while he was reciting the sacred spells to create
the Rian Perdloke his mind could touch a miracle light
that had penetrated into the three worlds.
(note: “The three
worlds” hereby means the world of human - beings, the hell, and
Though Luang Poo Doo had confirmed about his amulets’ sacred
power, he had also warned people to avoid sinful deeds because
his amulets would be ultimately sacred when they were hanged
on the necks of good people only.
This article was compiled from sources that were sent to me by Mr. Chris Jones, the owner of