Revered Phuket monk to turn 114…does, and then moves on...

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Revered Phuket monk to turn 114…does, and then moves on...

Postby appicchato » Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:22 pm

http://www.phuketgazette.net/archives/articles/2010/article9104.html

Revered Phuket monk to turn 114 today…and passes on...

PHUKET: Hundreds of well-wishers are expected to help revered Phuket monk Luang Pu Supha celebrate his 114th birthday next month.
The secret to the aged monk’s longevity is to “eat less, speak less and always speak the truth”.
Last year the Gazette broke the story about Luang Pu Supha’s reputed age on September 4. For previous reports click here.
Having just returned from a five-day pilgrimage to Medan, Indonesia with his aides, the aged monk is “tired”, but looking forward to his landmark birthday celebrations, which will take place at his temple, named after him, in Chalong on September 16 and 17.
Although Luang Pu Supha is not recognized by Guinness World Records as the World’s Oldest Living Man, for many of those closest to him, he is actually celebrating his 116th birthday.
His birth certificate, claimed to have been issued two years after he was born, reads September 17, 1896.
This would make him either four days – or two-years and four-days – older than American Walter Bruening, currently recognized as the World’s Oldest Living Man by Guinness.
All his official identification documents, including his current house registration and ID card, show that he is four days older than the American, unofficially making him the World’s Oldest Living Man.
One of Luang Pu Supha’s closest aides and temple committee members, Kriangsak “Ko Keng” Suksoomboon said, “If Guinness World Records would like to come to prove his age, then this would be a good thing, but we will not pay for that.”
To verify such a record, a Guinness verification expert would need to come to Phuket.
Before Luang Pu Supha left for his trip to Indonesia, the Gazette was granted a private audience with the revered monk and Ko Keng in his quarters.
Luang Pu Supha was in good spirits about his trip and upcoming birthday celebrations, but had a little difficulty with hearing. He spoke to the Gazette with the help of Ko Keng.
“His body is strong but inside he is getting old now,” said Ko Keng.
Luang Pu Supha avoids spices and salts in his diet, but is said to have a sweet tooth, his favorite dessert being khao neaw kaew (sticky rice with sugar).
Recently Luang Pu Supha was admitted to Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok to receive treatment for an “enlarged heart”, but has been recovering well, he added,
The supercentenarian birthday celebrations will begin on September 16 and continue the next day.
Luang Pu Supha plans to release 119 birds as well as award 139 scholarships before members of the public will be invited to pay their respects at 1pm on his birthday.

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Re: Revered Phuket monk to turn 114…does, and then moves on...

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:43 pm

Greetings,

With all the moving parts in the body, it's quite amazing that the whole thing could hold together in a functional way for 114 years. It would be nice to think that the healthy life of a monastic (both mentally and physically) contributed to his longevity.

Thanks for sharing bhante.

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Re: Revered Phuket monk to turn 114…does, and then moves on...

Postby Ben » Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:49 am

Thanks Bhante for the interesting story!
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Postby gavesako » Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:28 am

He used to go on tudong with Ajahn Mun as well and can tell stories about it...
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Re: Revered Phuket monk to turn 114…does, and then moves on...

Postby ezzirah » Sun Sep 19, 2010 4:18 pm

What a wonderful amazing life! I bet he has some wonderful stories to tell!


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Re: Revered Phuket monk to turn 114…does, and then moves on...

Postby gavesako » Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:00 am

World's oldest man Walter Breuning dies in US aged 114

The world's certified oldest man, whose advice to others included the observation "you're born to die", has passed away aged 114 in the US.

Walter Breuning was old enough to remember his grandfather recounting his part in the slaughter of the American Civil War, during the 1860s.

In his final years in Montana, he was passionate about ending two modern wars, those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

His long good health he put down to a strict regime of two meals a day.

"How many people in this country say that they can't take the weight off?" he asked in an interview with the Associated Press news agency in October.

"I tell these people, I says get on a diet and stay on it. You'll find that you're in much better shape, feel good."

The former railway clerk died of natural causes in hospital in Great Falls.

He had been living in the same retirement home since 1980.

His wife of 35 years, Agnes Twokey, died childless in 1957.

"We got along very good," Breuning said. "She wouldn't like to spend money, I'll tell you that."

Of his grandfather, he remembered hearing, at the age of three, his recollections of killing Southerners during the Civil War.

"I thought that was a hell of a thing to say," he said.

Reflecting on mortality, he told the Associated Press: "We're going to die. Some people are scared of dying. Never be afraid to die. Because you're born to die."

15 April 2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13090291

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