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His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch dies

Postby Mr Man » Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:52 pm

His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Somdet Phra Sangharaja passed away Thursday after enduring ailments and undergoing hospital treatment in recent months.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/15-day-mourning-period-set-30217947.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/376222/his-holiness-the-supreme-patriarch-dies

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Re: His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch dies

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:00 pm

:candle:

I see he just made it to 100. His 100th birthday was just earlier this month.
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Re: His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch dies

Postby gavesako » Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:06 pm

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Re: His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch dies

Postby gavesako » Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:41 am

Time to 'modernise' Sangha, Sulak
Social critic sees younger clergy aiding democracy

As the longest-serving supreme patriarch for 24 years, His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, who died on Thursday, certainly made a long list of memorable contributions to Thailand. According to social critic Sulak Sivaraksa, Buddhists should add to his many good deeds by reforming the Sangha Supreme Council.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/3 ... ngha-sulak
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Re: His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch dies

Postby gavesako » Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:41 am

The National Office of Buddhism (NOB) has nominated the abbot of Wat Pak Nam Phasi Charoen as the caretaker Supreme Patriarch, NOB director Nopparat Benjawatananun said on Monday.
Mr Nopparat said the NOB has submitted the name of Somdet Phra Maha Ratchamangalacharn, 88, who is also chairman of the monastic panel, to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for acknowledgement before his appointment is published in the Royal Gazette.
The appointment of a caretaker Supreme Patriarch follows the Sangha Act of 1992 which stipulates that when the position of the Supreme Patriarch becomes vacant, the most senior somdet phra racha khana assumes his role. (Note: Apparently the King has to approve such an appointment.)

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/3 ... -patriarch
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Re: His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch dies

Postby plwk » Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:29 am

Btw, what does 'His Holiness' & 'Supreme Patriarch' translate into in Pali/Thai?
Or are these borrowed conventions from the Christians?
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Re: His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch dies

Postby Dhammanando » Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:19 am

plwk wrote:Btw, what does 'His Holiness' & 'Supreme Patriarch' translate into in Pali/Thai?
Or are these borrowed conventions from the Christians?


The Thai Saṅgharāja's official title is six lines long, but nothing in it would literally translate as 'Supreme Patriarch' or 'His Holiness'.

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“Somdet Phra Ñāṇasaṃvara Paramanariśradharmanītibhipāla Ariyavaṃśāgatañāṇavimala Sakalamahāsaṅghapariṇāyaka Tripiṭakapariyattidhātā Visuddhacariyādhisampati Suvaḍḍhanabhidhānasaṅghavisuta Pāvacanuttambisāra Sukhumadharmavidhāna Damrong Vajirañāṇvaṃśavivaḍha Buddhapariṣadagāravasathāna Vicitrapaṭibhāṇavaḍḍhanaguṇa Vipulasilācāravatrasundara Pavaradharmapavitra Sarvagaṇiśramahāpadhānādhipatī Gāmvāsī Araṇyavāsī Somdet Phra Saṅgharāja.”


'Supreme Patriarch' is just a very free translation of 'Phra Saṅgharāja'. As for 'His Holiness', I once learned from an unreliable source that it was first coined by the United Nations, who applied it to the Pope. Later it was extended to the Dalai Lama, and later still to clerical bigwigs of all sorts.
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Re: His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch dies

Postby plwk » Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:47 am

As always, many thanks Bhante Dhammanando :anjali:
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it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
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Re: His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch dies

Postby gavesako » Wed Oct 30, 2013 7:30 am

Another view:

Sangha feudal hierarchy has to go for good
(The politics behind the new appointment.)

http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opin ... o-for-good
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