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Tan Pra Maha Kajjana Statue, Chiang Mai

Statue of Tan Pra Maha Kajjana (Mahakaccayanathera, มหากัจจายนเถระ) at Wat Chedi Luang. Also known in Thailand as Phra Sangkajai (พระสังกัจจายน์), he was a Buddhist arahant during the time of Lord Buddha, who commended him for his ability to explain sophisticated concepts of Natural Law (Dharma) in a understandable language. He has been confused with Budai (布袋), the Chinese monk popularly known in East Asia as the "Laughing Buddha", who is regarded as an incarnation of the Maitreya (future Buddha of this world). In Thailand, Phra Sangkajai is mostly found in Thai temples, Budai in Chinese temples. Unlike Budai, who is bald and wears robes covering both arms, Phra Sangkajai has hair and his robes drape across one shoulder. (Brian K. Smith photo.)

Wat Chedi Luang
103 Phrapokklao Road
Tambon Phrasing, Amphoe Muang
Chiang Mai, Thailand

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