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    Revered Abbot in Udon Thai dies today

    Luang Maha Bua Yana Sampanno, Abbot of Wat Pa Ban Tad in Udon Thani He was 98 and a favourite with many members of the Thai Royal Family was pronounced dead at 3.53am today , 30th January. Bathing rites are being held at 9.00am .


    He sponsored and built many good works in Udon, from the railways station improvements to school and is currently paying fora new wing to Udon hospital.
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    ^ This was on the tv this am. My missus saw and said, (along the lines of): Wow, the old monk died - wonder how old he was - sure must by lottery ticket.

    ...and life goes on....

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    Mice to see one monk doing something decent for a change.

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    helping nidhogg's wife win the lottery?

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    Jokes aside he was a very decent man, the amount of people visiting him was amazing, traffic jams at sometimes, as was the amount donated.

    the wat even had their own gold smelter, but he lived a ascetic life only taking pleasure from the good work he did, udon has a lot to be grateful for with this man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan View Post
    the wat even had their own gold smelter, .
    Indeed. Nothing about the man, but I just can't help bt beleive there is something deeply wrong there. In a country where, especially in the more rural areas, basic necessities (books in schools, computers, kids going without lunch or breakfast) are often lacking, such weath accumulating in the temples is abhorent.

    ..and yes, the same criticism can be appllied to Xtian (especially the Catholic church) in many parts of the world.

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    Luangta Maha Bua was probably the last of the original-line of Forest Tradition monks in Thailand. His wat is a very austere and simple place versus the opulence and show of others in Thailand. No red and white cathedral-type buildings, no golden chedis. His was open-air, made of wood and open to all. The kutis for the monks are simple, wooden structures.

    His helping of the poor and sick is reknown. There are corrals with cattle in them for distribution to the poor farmers, pens with hogs for the poor farmers, the gold and monies collected help build wings on hospitals and to build clinics in small villages. Schools also were built or remodelled with these funds.

    His writings of Dhamma in Thai were translated into English for free distribution to those that sought. He had students of many countries on-site and it was they that translated and recorded the Dhamma distributed. Ven. Pannavaddho Bhikkhu spent close to 40 years with Maha Bua in Udon Thani. He was a British monk that translated many of the major texts into English.

    During his life-time, he did not allow followers to make amulets and trinkets for sale using his name and reputation. Nor, did he grant permission for others to do so. He was a follower of the Buddhist texts.

    Yes, I would say that Thailand has suffered the loss of a great man and national treasure.

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    ^ Shame the common people were pushed aside at his funeral. Only the hi-so/blue-blood crowd got near the pyre.

    Apparently, his last wish was for all donations to go into the government coffers to bolster the national reserve. I'm not sure how that will help the poor.

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    I had arguments with Thais re: his estate. Bangkok Post figured his estate contained approx. $250 million cash and close to 12tons of Gold ( I find this hard to believe ). He left his estate to the Thai government which means that it is doubtful any will leave Hi-So Thais'. This could have gone to Essan area for irrigation projects, etc. to help the common Thai people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yemen
    This could have gone to Essan area for irrigation projects, etc. to help the common Thai people.
    Education as well. Now its just gone.

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