Phra MongkonVisut (Kruba Duangdee)
The Disciple of Kruba SriVichai
The Early Years
Kruba DuangDee’s parents had 8 children, and he was the 7th. He had a younger sister, 3 older brothers, and 3 older sisters. His youngest sister was named Mae Nin
When he was 11 years old, he accompanied his parents to Changwat Lampoon
Kruba Srivichai doted on young Duangdee and regaled him with endless Buddhist stories. On account of the innate gifts he recognised in him, Kruba Srivichai instructed Duangdee’s parents to allow him to pursue monkhood in the future, and fulfil his destiny of himself becoming an eminent monk with many followers.
First Step Towards Destiny
Upon his return home, young DuangDee requested permission from his parents to learn Buddhist teachings in the temple. His father brought Khan Khaw Tok Dok Mai
For a stretch, there was no monk residing in the temple. Duangdee took over as the caretaker of the temple during this period, and maintained the cleanliness of the Wiharn
After 3 years had passed, the devotees around the temple invited Kruba Sohpa
Duangdee learnt Pasa PeunMuang
Understudy with Kruba Srivichai
In B.E. 2462, Duangdee met with Kruba Srivichai. Kruba Srivichai was elated to see DuangDee, and Kruba Sohpa reiterated his shared belief in DuangDee’s destiny of become an eminent monk with a great following. Kruba Sohpa suggested that Duangdee ordains at Wat Phra Singh
Duangdee was ordained as a Sammanen at Wat Phra Singh, and his Preceptor was Kruba Sohpa. After a few days, he was sent to the city of Chiangmai to live with Kruba Srivichai and assist, care for and learn from him. Through this experience, Sammanen Duangdee learnt about Wai Phra Suadmon
When Sammanen Duangdee was 21, he returned to Kruba Sohpa at Wat Thachampee. He wanted to be ordained as a Phra Song
Kruba Duangdee travelled and learnt extensively with Kruba Srivichai, until he was 28 years old. Kruba Srivichai was alleged to have been trespassing in forest conservations. He was also accused of being a PeeBoon
Sometime during B.E. 2480 to B.E. 2481, Kruba Srivichai was acquitted of the charges levelled against him, and he returned to Lampoon. He passed away at Wat Chamthewee
Continuing the Legacy of Kruba Srivichai
Kruba Duangdee carried on Kruba’s Srivichai’s meritorious deeds of travelling around and renovating Ubosot. In B.E. 2484, at the age of 35, Kruba Duangdee also accompanied Kruba Zhao Apichai Pahkhaopee to build a Wiharn at Wat Thachampee.
After Kruba Srivichai was cremated, Kruba Zhao Apichai Pahkhaopee took small pieces of Kruba Srivichai’s galohk
The people of Pah Miang Pang Ma kluay
Tan Kruba Sohpa requested Kruba Duangdee to complete the construction of the various facilities at Wat Thachampee which had been left unfinished when Kruba Sohpa left for Myanmar.
By the time Kruba Duangdee arrived at Wat Thachampee to complete these tasks, he was 42 years old and had been promoted to Zhao Kana Tambon Tungsatoke
Kruba Duangdee encouraged the laities to accumulate merits by personally participating in the development of infrastructure for their communities such as paving roads or pathways, and building Ubosot and Jaydee, as well as bridges, schools and hospitals.
Kruba DuangDee passed away on 6th Feb B.E. 2553 the age of 104, having completed 83 Pansa. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Vorachada Tindanadam was a guest of honour at Kruba Duangdee’s funeral.