Autobiography of Phramaha Vichit Singharaj
President of the Lao Buddhist Fellowship Organization
Vice-president of Asian Buddhist Association for Peace
Born on Monday, ninth lunar month, B.E. 2478 counted as 5 May 1935, at Ban Outhoummai, Outhoum sub-district, Champasak district and province. A son of Mr. Chan Thiem and Mrs. Mom Konkham. Mr. Chan Thiem had former resident at Ban Kengkork, Champhone District, Savannakhet province. Mrs. Mom Konkham was a royal lineage of Outhoum district.
2. Novice Ordination
At the age of 19, he was ordained as a novice at Wat Takut, Pakthoungchai district, Nakhonrajasrima province, under the Most Venerable Pho, the preceptor.
3. Higher Ordination
Reaching the age of 20, he was ordained as bhikkhu under the Most Venerable Bounmee, at Wat Ban Tan, Ban Cheng sub-district, Chayaphoum province.
His mother, Mom Konkham passed away, when he was only 4 years old. Later, he moved to live with his brother who was a monk at Ban Phakpheow, Pathoumphone district, Champasak province. At the age of 12, he lived with Venerable Phrakru Dhammarangsi, the lord abbot of Wat Thahin, Pakse district. In his thirteen, he went to Ubon and lived at Wat Supatnaram for a while then moved to Khorat province.
Reaching the age of 14, he entered a primary school at Wat Salayen, Nakhonrajasrima province.
At the age of 16, he continued his upper secondary school at Khattiyasuksa School (school of royal studies), Thonburi (
In his nineteen, he became a novice and entered the
Afterward, he entered the
In 1957, worked with Prince Phetsaraj, who drafted the Lao important people, such as Somdej Phra Loukeo (Khoumaṇīvong) President of the Lao Sangha Order at that time. Prince Phetsaraj assigned him to go back home in order to incorporate with some importantly political figures and lived with the Most Venerable Phra Achan Mahā Prijā Sudhammakosān at Wat Thatfoun (Wat Thepnimitta), where situated the stronghold of Lao Revolution.
In 1958, he traveled to
6. Joined the Revolution at liberated zones
In 1960, Konglae Coup burst in the middle of
7. Contribution to national development since 1975-2006
In 1975, since the nation proclaimed the independent, he led the Order of the Buddhist monks from the fortification to
In 1976, he was assigned as an acting committee of the Central Lao Buddhist Fellowship Organization (LBFO), a head of the control committee of the three southern provinces: Saravan, Attapue and Champasak provinces. At the same time, he was assigned as a teacher and the director of
In 1978, the Secretary-General of LBFO
In 1980, the Director of
In 1987, Vice-president of LBFO
In 1991, acting on behalf of the President of LBFO
In 1998, the President of LBFO (first session)
In 2003, the president of LBFO (second session) up to the present.
8. Foreign Affairs since 1975-2006
Head of the Lao Sangha delegation to participate the Fifth Asia Buddhist Summit for Peace in Soviet Union and Ninth Asia Buddhist Summit for Peace in
Head of the Lao Sangha delegation to participate the Administrative Committee of Asian Buddhist Summit for Peace in Socialist of Vietnam and
Head of the Lao Sangha of the courtesy visits to People’s Republic of
In 1998, head of Lao Sangha participating the Buddhist Missionary Conference in
In 2000, head of the Lao Sangha participation the Buddhist Missionary Conference in Nakhonpathom,
In 20**, head of Lao Sangha participating the World Millennium Summit of the United Nations,
In 20**, Head of the Lao Sangha participating the Buddhist Missionary Conference, Phnom Penh , Kingdom of Cambodia.
9. Public Works (Construction and restoration)
Mobilized Buddhist monks, novices and laities to construct and restore religious edifices in various places as:
1. Built five Kuti (living quarters) at Wat Thepnimitta Thatfoun,
2. Built Wat Santitham, down monastery, monks’ living cells, well, at Ban village, Kham district, Champasak province.
3. Built an ordination hall at Ban Khoneken, Champasak district and province.
4. Built a down monastery at Ban Phakpeow temple, Pathoumphone district, Champasak province.
5. Raised collective fund for the restoration of the ordination hall and enshrined the Buddha images at Wat Thepthidaram, Ban Outhoummai, Sukhuma district, Champasak province.
6. Restoration and Construction at Wat Thatluang as follows:
6.1. Restored Mahākadi ( the main living cell)
6.2. Restored the ordination hall, equipped the frame of the main door and widow.
6.3. Built a drum tower
6.4. built a living cell for quest
6.5. Built Dhamma Council Hall
6.6. Refurbished and painted gold color Phra Thatluang
6.7. Improved the Phra Thatluang esplanade
6.8. Built the temple wall and the main gate in front of Wat Phra Thatluang
7. Supervised the construction of a Buddhist school, Champhone district, Savanakhet province.
His technical works which are available, including the works with other venerable authors and his own, for instance, Vetsantara Jātaka in manuscript, Pathommasompot (Early Life of the Buddha), Dhamma book 1-2, Vinaya Books 1-2-3, story of the Buddha, How to teach the Dhamma, etc.
Besides, the writing works, he also gave various Dhamma talks, lectures, Dhamma dialogues through radio, television, and went to performed religious activities at devout devotees as invited without discrimination among the poor and the rich.
9. Honorary, award and exaltation
In 1980, he was awarded the third ranking of Isara Medal, the second ranking Victory Medal, American Resistant Medal, and Five year Medal from the government of Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
In 2001, he was awarded the Honorary Doctorate Degree of Buddhist Studies (Ph.D.) from
In 2006, he was awarded the Aggamahāpandita from the government of Union of Myanmar.
Compiled by Chaikham Champaouthoum