Ajahn Pichest Boonthumme
Ajahn means revered teacher in Thai. And certainly, Pichest Boonthumme is a master in the true sense of the word. When Paul Fowler went to Thailand in 1999, looking to study Thai massage, he got more than he could have imagined when he met Ajahn Pichest. Blue Lotus Co-founder Paul Weitz, lead assistant Toni Gilroy and many Blue Lotus graduates have gone to Thailand and consider Pichest their teacher.
Living in the house of his childhood in Hang Dong, not far from Chiang Mai, Pichest welcomes students from all over the world who come to him to learn about Thai massage. Of course, as anyone who has spent a lot of time with Pichest knows, Thai massage is only a small part of what he has to teach.
Those who come to him looking for technique might be disappointed when he throws their study guide across the room and says something like, “book no feel. . . you (grabbing their hand and placing it on someones shoulder) feel.” Pichest’s genius for understanding the body and the mind is an inspiration to us at Blue Lotus and it is his teaching that is passed through us and to our students. Although we honor all teachers and traditions, we have chosen the lineage passed down from Pichest as the one that we follow.
On the Blue Lotus annual trip to Thailand, Pichest is the teacher with whom the students meet and study.