The Luang Pu Thuad Rien, Model 2, from BE 2502, was the second medallion series created by Phra Ajarn Tim of Wat Chang Hai, following the first “samma” medallion series. This second model features an oval shape and was produced in various materials such as gold, alloy, and blackened red brass. Due to the high demand from the faithful devotees of Luang Pu Thuad amulets, multiple molds and presses were used to ensure a sufficient quantity of medallions.

The Model 2 medallions can be categorized into two main types based on the size of the beaded edge on the front of the medallion: small beaded and large beaded. Each type can be further divided into several sub-molds:

Large Beaded Edge (Big Fish Egg)

  1. Wood Pattern Block
  2. Phoo Yoi Block (Drooping Bud)
  3. Rain Line Block
  4. Standard Block

Small Beaded Edge (Small Fish Egg)

  1. Long Phoo Yoi Block
  2. Large Face, Short Phoo Yoi Block
  3. Old Face, Short Phoo Yoi Block
  4. Gold Block, 3 Lines on Forehead
  5. Gold Block, 2 Lines on Forehead

The most popular type of the Model 2 medallion is the “Wood Pattern” block, notable for the spelling of “Chang Hai” as “Chang Hoi”. This version is highly valued and considered second only to the first model medallion. In pristine condition, with original blackened finish and intact features, such medallions can fetch serious sums of money, particularly if the nose is not flattened and the original blackening is intact.

Description of the Medallion

  • Front: The oval-shaped medallion features an image of Luang Pu Thuad in full meditation posture. Above his head is an inscription in ancient Khmer script: “Na Mo Bodhisatto Akantimaya Iti Bhagawa.” Flanking his knees are half-body elephant figures with raised trunks, and beneath his likeness is the Thai inscription “Luang Pu Thuad Wat Chang Hai.”
  • Back: The reverse side displays a half-body image of Phra Kru Visai Sophon (Tim Dhamma Tharo). Above his head is another ancient Khmer inscription: “Na Mo Buddha Ya Na Mo Pa Dha Cha Bha Ka Sa.” Below the image is the Thai inscription “Phra Kru Visai Sophon (Tim).”

There’s a saying among believers that goes, “Those who hang Luang Pu Thuad amulets will not die in disgrace.” This belief reflects the widespread trust and faith in the amulet community. However, it’s important to remember that accumulating merit and behaving well are essential. The blessings of Buddhist virtues will be multiplied, along with adhering to the teachings imparted by venerable teachers.


LP Thaud BE 2502
หลวงปู่ทวดวัดพระเชตุพนธ์(วัดโพธ์)ปี 2502

Luang Pu Thuad, Phra Ajarn Songd, Wat Pho Tha Tien (Wat Phra Chetuphon) in 2502… This amulet was created with a mold similar to the one used for the original Luang Pu Thuad pim of Wat Chang Hai, Pattani, in BE 2497.

Construction of this pim started in the period close to 2497 and lasted about six years…

The sacred materials used in the construction were 108 types of herbs and sedges, the same as those used to create the original BE 2497 Luang Pu Thuad pim, palm leaves inscribed with sacred yant / spells and original materials from the BE 2497 batch donated by LP Tim. In fact they differ only slightly to the BE BE 2497 batch  due to the addition of Din Kak Ya Yak mixed with Bailarn, which accounts for the slightly black appearance.

This LP Thuad amulet is an excellent subsitute for the original LP Thuad pim.

Phra Achan Tim Thammatharo from Wat Chang Hai, Pattani and Ajahn Nong of Wat Sai khao joined in the consecration ceremony. Together with 108 famous monks of that era.

  • Luang Pu Thuad of Wat Sengsang
  • Luang Pu Thong of Wat Don Yai Hom
  • Luang Pu Sut of Wat Ka Long
  • Luang Pu Thop of Wat Chon Daen
  • Luang Pu Thien of Wat Bot
  • Luang Pu Kong of Wat Sarapras
  • Luang Pu Than of Wat Phra Yat
  • Luang Pu Thong Yoo of Wat Mai Nong Phaong
  • Luang Pu Du of Wat Sakae
  • Luang Pu See of Wat Sakae
  • Luang Pu Chao of Wat Chong Lom
  • Luang Pu Thaen of Wat Tham Sene
  • Luang Pu To of Wat Kasattrathirat
  • Luang Pu Toh of Wat Pradu Chimplee
  • Luang Pu Ki of Wat Hoo Chang
  • Luang Pu Nark of Wat Rang
  • Luang Pu Seng of Wat Kanlayanamit
  • Luang Pu Jong of Wat Nang Tang Nok
  • Luang Pu Mui of Wat Don Rai
  • Luang Pu Thir of Wat Pa Lai Lai
  • Luang Pu Non of Wat Klang Tha Reua
  • Luang Pu Soht of Wat Ga Long
  • Luang Pu Dea of Wat Ban Jaeng
  • Luang Pu Juen of Wat Nong Suen
  • Luang Pu Ut Tammaporn of Kanchanaburi
  • Luang Pu Thuap of Wat Khanang Leung

LP Thuad BE 2507 – Ajahn Nong, Wat Saikhao

Luang Phor Thuad Man is one of the earliest amulets from Wat Sai Khao, created under the guidance of Ajahn Nong from Wat Sai Khao. In BE 2507, Ajahn Nong invited Ajahn Tim from Wat Chang Hai to perform the consecration ceremony for the Luang Phor Thuad Man amulets. Ajahn Tim personally pressed the first mold at Wat Chang Hai. The amulets were jointly consecrated by Ajahn Tim, Ajahn Nong, and several other revered monks. A ritual was then conducted to invite the spirits of Luang Phor Thuad, Luang Phor Thuad Man, Luang Phor Thuad Krai, Luang Phor Thuad Sithichai, and Luang Phor Thuad Lin Dam to preside over the ceremony at the ordination hall of Wat Chang Hai.

After the ceremony, Ajahn Tim took all the amulets back for a grand consecration at Wat Sai Khao. These amulets are renowned for their exceptional sacred properties and materials. The primary materials for this batch are herbs and special clay called “Kak Yai Yak,” but uniquely, they also included “rice seedlings” and “black sticky rice.” The rice seedlings symbolize growth and prosperity, while the black sticky rice is believed to offer protection and invulnerability.

Currently, this batch of amulets is considered rare and highly coveted. It’s rare to come across them because those who possess them tend to keep them closely guarded due to their historical value and reasonable price, making them highly desirable for worship and collection.

Pims

Phra Luang Phor Thuad Man B.E.2507 amulets were designed in several groups of pim as follows:

1. Pim Phra Sam Thuad, which featured the image of the three sacred monks namely Luang Phor Thuad, Luang Phor Thuad Marn, and Luang Phor Thuad Sittichai on the front.

2. Pim Nangkhao-ie, which featuring the image of Luang Phor Thuad Man sitting on his knees, sometime this Pim was called “Pim Reup Parin-ya”. (Graduation Print)

3. Pim Yai (or big size), featuring the image of Luang Phor Thuad Man in meditation.

4. Pim Klang (or medium size), which featured the picture of Luang Phor Thuad Man in meditation.

5. Pim Lek(or small size), featuring the image of Luang Phor Thuad Man in meditation.

The amulet became very popular during the war years as the number of casualties of those that wore this amulet was almost zero. And as such the fame grew.

graduation print

graduation print


Pra Kru – Wat Nok Ang Thong
พระสมเด็จกรุวัดนก

Ang Thong Province is home to three distinct temples named “Wat Nok,” each with its own unique history and significance. These temples are:

  1. Wat Nok (Ratchapaksee) in Mueang District
  2. Wat Nok (Ratchasakuna) in Wiset Chai Chan District
  3. Wat Nok (Sakunaram) in Chaiyo District

Wat Nok (Sakunaram) in Chaiyo District

According to the book “Mueang Ang Thong,” published to celebrate the 36th birthday of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 1991, Wat Nok Sakunaram is located in Ban Sakuna, Moo 5, Chaiyo Sub-district, Chaiyo District, Ang Thong Province. This ancient temple dates back to the Ayutthaya period and was abandoned for a time before being restored. It received its official consecration on February 11, 1974.

Historical Significance and Architectural Details

Wat Nok Sakunaram is renowned for its collection of sacred amulets, created by the former abbot, Luang Pu Fueang. The most commonly found amulets from this temple are Phra Somdej, which measure approximately 1.5 cm in width and 2.3 cm in height. These amulets feature the Buddha in a meditative posture seated on a three-tiered base within a double-layered arch. The arch, known as “Sump Prabhamonthon,” has radiating lines similar to those found on amulets from Luang Pu Suk of Wat Pak Khlong Makham Thao, indicating a shared design tradition.

The amulets are characterized by their prominent facial features, a two-tiered topknot, and distinct robe folds. The back of the amulets is smooth and often bears inscribed characters (wet inscriptions) such as “U,” “Tho,” or “Unaalome” while the clay was still moist. Wat Nok amulets come in various designs, including the Phra Somdej with a three-tiered base and Phra Somdej with a two-tiered lotus base, among others. Due to being stored in crypts, these amulets often exhibit age marks.

Initially, Wat Nok amulets were not widely known. However, they gained recognition after several incidents demonstrating their reputed protective powers. For instance, a local carrying a Wat Nok amulet in a tobacco box stepped on a venomous snake but was unharmed. Another incident involved a child in Wiset Chai Chan Market who, wearing a Wat Nok amulet, was attacked by a dog but emerged unscathed despite torn clothing.

These stories significantly boosted the amulets’ reputation. Another legend mentions that the amulets were made from sacred powder and oil in various colors, such as green, gray, black, and white, between 1910 and 1932 by Luang Pho Kaew, who was a friend of Luang Pu Suk. Luang Pho Kaew continuously produced these amulets, with Luang Pu Suk often invited to participate in their consecration. According to records, Luang Pu Suk and Luang Pho Fueang were close spiritual companions, which explains the resemblance between amulets from Luang Pu Suk and those from Wat Nok made of lead alloy.[

Luang Pho Fueang was a highly respected monk known for his deep spiritual insight and dedication to the Buddhist path. His commitment to the monastic life and his profound teachings drew many followers. Luang Pho Feng’s influence extended beyond his temple, reaching various communities and individuals who sought his guidance and blessings.

Two Eras of Production

Wat Nok amulets were produced in two distinct periods. The first period was under Luang Pho Kaew from around BE 2453 to BE 2475. These early amulets, typically green and gray, were called “Knife Sharpening Stone Texture” by locals and were stored in crypts to preserve Buddhism. The second period began after Luang Pho Kaew’s passing, with Luang Pho Fueang, the subsequent abbot, continuing the production using the same molds but with white and black materials.

Records indicate that After Luang Poo Ferng had created these amulets the majority were either stored within a Kru or placed within a scared Chedi at Wat Srakes, Angtong province. Luang Phor Toh, then abbot of Wat Srakes, had discovered the Kru which he opened. The amulets were again distributed to new worshippers who had supported the temple’s renovation project.

Pims

-Pim Somdej 3 Chan
-Pim Somdej Tarn Koo
-Pim Somdej 5 Chan 
-Pim Sum Rern Gaew 
-Pim Sum Prasart 
-Pim Nang Kwak
-Pim Khang U

Spiritual Significance and Collectibility

Wat Nok amulets are highly valued for their reputed invincibility and safety, as well as their benevolent properties, as evidenced by numerous testimonials. They are considered highly collectible due to their historical significance and spiritual potency. Despite their age, nearing a hundred years, they remain affordable and are a worthwhile addition to any collection.


Pra Kru Wat Bang Pha In
วพระกรุวัดบางปะอิน

The Legacy of Wat Pho Bang Pa-In Amulets: A Testament to Devotion

The history of the Wat Pho Bang Pa-In amulets is a tale that illustrates the pure intentions of a layman whose unwavering dedication and profound faith aimed to perpetuate Buddhism. This individual’s noble aspiration to create 84,000 amulets, in accordance with Buddhist scriptures, left a lasting impact on his community and the broader realm of amulet collectors.

Ta Nom: The Devoted Creator

Ta Nom, a man of Chinese descent, lived on a boat near the mouth of Ban Pho Canal. He made a living by rowing and selling betel leaves and nuts. Driven by a strong devotion to Buddhism, Ta Nom spent his free time crafting various types of amulets, including Phra Pidta, Phra Somdej, and representations of the Buddha seated on a porcupine (similar to Phra Luang Phor Pan). After molding and firing these amulets, he placed them in a small, dilapidated stupa at Wat Pho in Bang Pa-In.

This stupa, situated next to the ordination hall, was in a state of disrepair, with an opening at the top. Ta Nom began his amulet-making endeavor around 1907 and continued for many years, as recounted by the local elders.

An Undeterred Mission

For over a century, Ta Nom persisted in his mission. As he created more amulets, he would place them in the small stupa, undeterred by the local villagers’ perception of him as eccentric. Despite this, the community recognized Ta Nom as a man deeply committed to his moral and spiritual principles. His single-minded dedication to creating amulets, which some deemed obsessive, was the cause of his perceived abnormality.

In his later years, Ta Nom passed away quietly, without much notice or concern from others. The stupa beside the ordination hall became known as the repository for his amulets. Over time, these amulets surfaced when children discovered them spilling out from the stupa’s cracks, using them in their games. Some adults who found the amulets returned them to their original place.

The Unveiling and Misrepresentation

In 1966, the temple sought funds to construct a new ordination hall. Opportunistic individuals excavated the stupa, selling the amulets and creating a fictional backstory linking them to Somdej Phra Phutthachan (To) to increase their value. This narrative drew significant attention, including from local dignitaries and even royalty, leading to a grand ceremony that captivated the nation. A statue of Somdej Phra Phutthachan was erected at the temple as a result.

The True Value and Legacy

Despite the fabricated stories, the genuine legacy of Ta Nom’s amulets should not be overlooked. The amulets, crafted with sincere devotion and meticulous effort, reflect Ta Nom’s dedication to Buddhism. Each amulet, particularly the Phra Pidta, exhibits unique artistic elements and craftsmanship, using a special type of clay that required significant effort to mold and fire.

Significance of Wat Pho Bang Pa-In Amulets

The amulets from Wat Pho Bang Pa-In, now over a hundred years old, are noteworthy for several reasons:

  1. Historical Value: These amulets are over a century old and reasonably priced, making them accessible to new collectors.
  2. Pure Intentions: Created with genuine dedication and effort, these amulets embody the pure intentions of their maker.
  3. Proven Efficacy: The amulets have a reputation for their spiritual benefits, making them highly sought after despite many counterfeits.
  4. Cultural Impact: They have significantly contributed to the development of Wat Pho and the local community, aligning with Ta Nom’s goal of supporting Buddhism.
  5. Enduring Legacy: The continued existence and veneration of these amulets demonstrate their effectiveness in perpetuating the Buddhist faith.

Despite modern developments at Wat Pho Bang Pa-In, a crucial element remains missing—a memorial to Ta Nom. His contributions have upheld and enriched Buddhism, warranting recognition for his unwavering faith and dedication.