Ajahn Piak is one of Thailand’s most respected teachers of Dhamma and meditation. As a child and young man Luang Por Piak did not have much interest in religion or meditation. It was when he was studying for his Masters in New York that Luang Por Piak began to develop an interest in cultivation of the mind. On the subway, for example, while heading to work, he would find his mind naturally observing and converging on his breath. There he found both pleasure and peace. He also noticed that he was able to wake up in the morning at whatever time he wished simply by mentally determining the time the night before. Even if he’d spent most of the night at a party, he’d still wake up exactly at the predetermined time. These experiences made him curious about how the mind worked and led on to an interest in meditation.
After returning to Thailand, Ajahn Piak then received monastic ordination from Ajahn Chah of Wat Nong Pah Pong Monastery on July 3rd, 1976. In 1981, when Ajahn Piak had been ordained for five years, a piece of property was offered outside of Bangkok for the establishment of a branch monastery. Ajahn Chah asked Ajahn Piak to live there as the abbot. It was unusual for a monk to be asked to take on so much responsibility at such a young age, but Ajahn Piak had had quick progress in his Dhamma practice and was also native to that region. Initially surrounded by rice fields as far as one could see, within ten years his small monastery had been completely engulfed by Bangkok’s urban sprawl. Noise, heat and pollution notwithstanding, AjahnPiak has remained a refuge of peace and soothing coolness within the heart of Thailand’s largest city.