Rian Phor Thang Klai 2498 金口 菩唐凯铜牌

Rian Phor Thang Klai, B.E.2498

Wat Suan Khan

Phor Thang Klai (B.E.2419-2513)

 

Phor Thang Klai is one of the most respected monks in southern Thailand. It is rumored that whatever he said or predicted would often came true. He was then by many given the title “Golden Mouth”..

When Phor Thang Klai was 14 years old, he went with his uncle to chop firewood. The tree he was chopping fell and crushed his left leg. Phor Thang Klai thought this to be a minor matter, only a small injury and did not seek medical attention. Infection worsened. His left ankle was shattered, swelling increased and the pain became unbearable.

When Phor Thang Klai could no longer stand the pain, he grasp a sharp knife and chopped of the swollen ankle. With the aid of natural herbs and medical attention the bleeding eventually stopped and the leg healed.

Phor Thang Klai often moved around on water buffalos to aid mobility. He was ordained at the age of 15 and at 26 became the temple abbot.

Phor Thang Klai was born in 1876 and passed away in 1970 (B.E 2513) at the age of 94. His body is still intact and present for viewing at Wat TattNoi (Wat ChanDi).

The legend

When people in west Malaysia heard of the legend of the “Golden Mouth” monk “金口”和尚, a lot of people went to Thailand in search of Phor Thang Klai to ask for lottery numbers. Eventually Phor Thang Klai shook his head and would say nothing. Someone managed to find a way around this by holding up a number and asking if it is good. Phor Thang Klai replied that it was not bad. Afterwards this clever and fortunate sole bought a lottery ticket and struck it rich.

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