BUDDHADASA BHIKKHU พุทธทาสภิกขุ (1906–1993) is perhaps the most influential Buddhist teacher in the history of Thailand. In 1932 he founded Wat Suan Mokkhablarama, one of the first forest monasteries in Thailand. During his lifetime he was given eight honorary doctorates by Thai universities. Since the 1960s his work has helped inspire a new generation of socially concerned individuals both in Thailand and around the world. He is the author of numerous works on Buddhist topics, including Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree: The Buddha's Teaching of Voidness.