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Chandra Khonnokyoong

Thai nun

Died when: 91 years 234 days (1099 months)
Star Sign: Capricorn


Chandra Khonnokyoong

Chandra Khonnokyoong (Thai: จันทร์ ขนนกยูง;RTGS: chan khonnokyung), 19 January 1909 – 10 September 2000) was a Thai Maechi (nun) who founded Wat Phra Dhammakaya.

Religious studies scholar Rachelle Scott has described her as "the most influential female meditation teacher in Thailand".Her own students call her Khun Yay Achan Mahā-ratana Upasika Chandra Khonnokyoong (Khun Yay Achan, for short), an honorific name meaning "grandmother-master-great-gem devotee".

Although illiterate, she was widely respected for her experience in meditation, which is rare for a maechi.She managed to attract many well-educated students, despite her rural background and illiteracy.

Some scholars have raised the example of Maechi Chandra to indicate that the position of women in Thai Buddhism may be more complex than was previously thought.

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