Chandra Khonnokyoong was a Thai Maechi (nun) who founded Wat Phra Dhammakaya (BNuddhist monastery). 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.
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