Thursday, October 24, 2013


Just as I wanted to write about my amazing experience at the 100th birthday celebration of His Holiness The Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, news arrived about his death on the 24th October 2013. 

Only 22 days ago we were celebrating his 100th birthday at Wat Bovornives with many ceremonies and prayers and a special exhibition in honor of the Supreme Patriarch at Maha Makut Buddhist University building on the temple compound. 

Several multimedia shows, films, photos and belongings of Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Somdet Phra Sangharaja Sakhon Maha Sanga Parinayok were on display. 

I was invited to go into the exhibition, shoes off and carefully stored in a white sack which I carried with me. A multimedia show with a short greeting from the Supreme Patriarch kicked off my way through the building. 

Groups of several dozen visitors were moving upstairs where Buddha images and other possessions where on display. Important events in the history of His Holiness were shown in collages, posters, photos and electronic form. 

Visitors were able to send their good wishes via Computers to the Supreme Patriarch in a special room. 

Upon leaving the building were were given gifts, photos and posters and were able to get special T-Shirts, Buddha images and other commemorating items for this auspicious day. 

In retrospect I feel very lucky that I was at the right place at the right time and will have a long lasting memory, specially now after the 19th Supreme Patriarch passed away.

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