Luang Pu Sodh Candasaro was born as Sodh Mikaewnoi on October 10, 1884 to the family of a rice merchant in Amphoe Song Phi Nong, Suphanburi, a province 100km west of Bangkok. In July 1906, aged twenty-two, he was ordained at Wat Song Phi Nong in his hometown and was given the Pāli name Candasaro.
During his studies in Bangkok, Luang Pu Sodh learned various meditation techniques and scriptures from different masters. However, he felt that something was missing and continued his search for deeper understanding. In 1916, while meditating at Wat Botbon, he experienced a breakthrough moment where his mind became still and he saw a bright and shining sphere of Dhamma within his body. He believed this to be the spiritual essence of the Buddha that exists as the true nature within every person. This practice of meditation became known as the Dhammakāya method.
From that point forward, Luang Pu Sodh dedicated his life to teaching and spreading the practice of Dhammakāya meditation. He became the abbot of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen, a neglected temple that he transformed into a thriving center of meditation and learning. Under his leadership, Wat Paknam became renowned for its meditation teachings and attracted a large community of monks and nuns—as many as 500 monks in 1959, which was the largest monastic congregation in Thailand at the time.
Luang Pu Sodh's influence extends beyond his lifetime, and his teachings continue to inspire practitioners of Dhammakāya meditation.