Khun Yai Ajahn Maha Ratana Upasika Chandra Khonnokyoong was a Thai Buddhist upasika and nun (maechee) who founded one of Thailand's and the world's largest contemporary Buddhist organizations - Dhammakaya International.
Loung Por Sod
She was a meditation and Dhamma student in the tradition of Dhammakaya meditation master Loung Por Sod (Phra Mongkolthepmuni) who named her as the foremost of his students; she then becoming one of the world's most widely followed contemporary Buddhist teachers. The Dhammakaya Chedi or chetiya was built in her teacher's honor and named after him.
The Dhammakaya Chetiya
is clad with one million personal images of the Buddha
Khun Yai was born in 1909 and passed away in the year 2000 at the age of 91 after engaging in extensive meditation practice, Dhamma teaching and great acts of merit, including the construction of Wat Phra Dhammakaya (Wat Voranee Dhammakayaram), the largest temple/monastery in Thailand with more than 3,000 monks, nuns and laymen and laywomen in residence. The temple's foundation stone was layed in 1977 by HRH Princess Mahacakri Siridhorn on behalf of His Majesty the King of Thailand.
Khun Yai Ajahn's memorial monument, a great pyramid hall, is located at the main Dhammakaya center in Pathumthani just north of Bangkok. One hundred thousand monks from 30,000 temples around Thailand together with very many lay students participated in her memorial service.
Temple and pyramid-shaped Memorial Hall to Khun Yai
You can find photos of her memorial and the construction of her memorial hall here. There is also a welcome page for international visitors here. A biographical video of her life can be seen here.
The Dhammakaya Movement founded by Khun Yai Ajahn and her student Loung Por Dhammajayo has founded meditation centers in eighteen countries with millions of people in Thailand and internationally practicing Dhammakaya meditation, which is promoted by a Buddhist satellite network called Dhamma Media Channel with 24-hour a day meditation teachings broadcast to its audience worldwide.
lunch in the world's largest Dhamma Hall
The Dhammakaya Movement has also produced a CDROM of the Tipitaka in conjunction with the Pali Text Society in the year 1995, and by the year 2000 (the year that Khun Yai Ajahn passed away), Wat Phra Dhammakaya's students were the most successful Pali students in Thailand.
Memorial Monument to Khun Yay Ajahn