The Memorial Hall of the Master Nun Chandra Khonnokyoong

The Master Nun, the founder of the Dhammakaya Temple, was an example of generosity during her lifetime. The practice of giving is universally recognized as one of the most basic human virtues, a quality that testifies to the depth of one’s humanity and one’s capacity for self-transcendence.

When she was alive, the Master Nun taught her students about the importance of cleanliness and tidiness and how these virtues directly relate to the purification of one’s mind. Her favorite hobby was meditation as it was her favorite subject to share with her students. In the eyes of everyone who comes to Dhammakaya Temple, the Master Nun personifies purity and perfection.

The Master Nun’s cremation was held on the 3rd of February 2545 B.E. (2002) and was attended by representatives of 30,000 temples around Thailand, numbering a total of 10,000 monks and about 200,000 non-monks supporters. This hexagonal pyramid-shaped chapel stands gracefully in the middle of a tranquil pond inside the temple built to the deepest gratitude to her virtues.

 

Luang Por Dhammajayo built a hexagonal pyramid, 29 metres tall as a memorial place for the Master Nun.

The chapel is divided into two floors. The first floor serves as a museum displaying the Master Nun’s charitable works, religious contributions, and personal items related to the history of her life as a meditation master, religious teacher, and the founder of the Dhammakaya Temple.

The pure golden statue of the late Master Nun, Khun Yay Archaraya Chandra Khonnokyoong.

The second floor is reserved for meditation. Housed here are her relics and a pure gold statue cast in her image situated at the center of the room.  The statue of the Master Nun is one and a half times the actual size of the Master Nun and weighs about two tons.

Monks and followers gathered for the apex-piece installation ceremony, marking the completion of this chapel in April 2546 B.E. (2003).

The candle tower is a memorial to the Master Nun and is lit every night to remind us of the purity that was in her heart. The candle was built from special white cement that will always stay white and will last for hundreds of years.

Disciples of the Master Nun come to pay homage to her in this memorial hall. It has a capacity of 300 people.