|This text is part of BBC's English Transcript of the Thai Documentary Film on Acariya Maha Boowa and Baan Taad Forest Monastery
Venerable Acariya Maha Boowa Nanasampanno was born into the Lohitdee family on August 12th, 1914 in Baan Taad village which is located in Udon Thani province in the northeastern part of Thailand. He is one of 17 children from a family of rice farmers. As a child he entered school and received an education right up to the third grade level - the highest level available in his village at the time.
From the time of his childhood he was always sincere, truthful, resolute, and reasonable - characteristics which were to be of great help to him later in the practice of Dhamma. At the age of 21, his parents asked him to enter the monkhood in keeping with Thai tradition. Doing so shows one's gratitude towards one's parents. Eventually, he decided to ordain at Yothanimit monastery in Udon Thani province. He was ordained on May 12th, 1934 with Venerable Chao Khun Dhammachedi as his Preceptor. His Preceptor gave him the Pali name 'Nanasampanno' which means 'one endowed with wisdom'.
He intended to ordain simply out of tradition and had no idea of remaining a monk as long as he has. After entering the monkhood, he studied the biographies of the
Lord Buddha and his Enlightened Disciples, and became so impressed with their lives that there arose within him feelings of faith, confidence and the desire to gain the same attainments as the Enlightened Disciples of the Buddha. He decided to study first in order to understand the way of practicing the Dhamma which would in turn lead to Nibbana (Nirvana). However, he set himself the condition that he would not study past the third level of Pali studies for fear he would forget himself and the true goal. This was the oath by which he set to discipline himself.