Passing of the abbot of Wat Pa Ban Tad

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Passing of the abbot of Wat Pa Ban Tad

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Luang Phor Sudjai Dantamano, the successor to Luang Ta Maha Bua as abbot of Wat Pa Ban Tad, died from his injuries following a fire at his kuṭi yesterday afternoon.

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Abbot of famed forest temple dies in fire

Phra Ajarn Sudjai Thanthamano had succeeded Luangta Maha Bua at Wat Pa Ban Tad in Udon Thani

PUBLISHED : 22 MAY 2020 AT 20:38

WRITER: YUTTAPONG KUMNODNAE

UDON THANI: The abbot of the famous forest temple long associated with the late Luangta Maha Bua Yannasampanno died on Friday after a fire gutted his living quarters.

Phra Ajarn Sudjai Thanthamano, 75, had served as the abbot of Wat Kesornsilakul, widely known as Wat Pa Ban Tad, since the passing of Luangta Maha Bua in 2011.

Police were alerted to the blaze at the temple in tambon Ban Tad of Muang district at 1.37pm on Friday. Firefighters who arrived on the scene found flames engulfing the living quarters of the abbot. Monks, novices and laymen were trying to put out the flames and rescue the abbot, who was trapped inside.

A fire crew sprayed water to control the fire. When the flames subsided, monks rushed in to bring Phra Ajarn Sudjai out. He was brought to a van and rushed to Udon Thani Hospital but died en route. The van brought his body back to the temple.

The blaze destroyed the living quarters but did not spread to any other areas as firefighters brought it under control.

Police cordoned off the area pending the collection of forensic evidence, as followers began arriving at the temple after hearing of the abbot’s passing. The cause of the fire was being investigated. Police took statements from several monks and other witnesses at the scene

Phra Pongsak Bunthitor, a monk, told officers that he was alerted by assistant abbot Phra Ajarn Bamrung Kanakor that a fire had broken out. He immediately asked other monks and novices to help douse the flames and alert a fire control unit. The monks managed to pry away the iron bars on one window but could not get in because the flames were spreading too quickly.

Phra Nara Katakharo, a junior monk, said thick smoke was billowing from the living quarters when he and other monks arrived. He said he saw the abbot sitting in the meditation posture inside the room, but the monks could not get inside to help him.

The provincial unit of the National Office of Buddhism has been assigned to arrange the religious ceremony for the late abbot, said Wanchai Chanporn, the deputy governor of Udon Thani.

Phra Ajarn Sudjai, a graduate of the Faculty of Economics at Thammasat University, was ordained on March 25, 1973. The 75-year-old abbot had played a key role in supporting Buddhism and the country.

Phra Ajarn Sudjai continued the charitable works of the late Luangta Maha Bua. He recently donated 2 million baht to King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital for the treatment of Covid-19 patients and gave cloth to provincial authorities to make face masks for local residents, monks and novices. The abbot also donated 100 personal protective equipment (PPE) suits to Udon Thani Hospital.


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May him continue his nibbana journey in higher realms of brahma if he didnt attain nibbana now ...
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Dhammanando wrote: Sat May 23, 2020 8:29 am Phra Ajarn Sudjai continued the charitable works of the late Luangta Maha Bua. He recently donated 2 million baht to King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital for the treatment of Covid-19 patients and gave cloth to provincial authorities to make face masks for local residents, monks and novices. The abbot also donated 100 personal protective equipment (PPE) suits to Udon Thani Hospital.
Hi Bhante,

I assume this is temple/monastery funds?
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DNS wrote: Sat May 23, 2020 6:28 pm I assume this is temple/monastery funds?
No. As with his late teacher's charitable enterprises, the money would be from personal donations to Ajahn Sudjai himself. Monastery funds can't be diverted to such ends and can only be spent on the needs of the sangha.
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Dhammanando wrote: Sun May 24, 2020 1:20 am
DNS wrote: Sat May 23, 2020 6:28 pm I assume this is temple/monastery funds?
No. As with his late teacher's charitable enterprises, the money would be from personal donations to Ajahn Sudjai himself. Monastery funds can't be diverted to such ends and can only be spent on the needs of the sangha.
Okay, thanks. So apparently some monks, especially popular ones, could amass quite a bit of income / donations; but see that it's put to good use, though.

2 million baht = about $63,000 USD
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A talk in Thai by the ajahn on Dhammapada 186-7.
na kahāpaṇavassena, titti kāmesu vijjati |
appassādā dukhā kāmā, iti viññāya paṇḍito ||

api dibbesu kāmesu, ratiṃ so nādhigacchati |
taṇhakkhayarato hoti, sammāsambuddhasāvako ||

No satisfaction can be found in sense-pleasures, not even in a shower of golden kahāpaṇas. The sage, knowing that sense-pleasures are dukkha and of only slight comfort, obtains no delight even in the pleasures of the devas. The disciple of the Perfectly Awakened One delights in the destruction of craving.
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Video from his funeral:

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Dhammanando wrote: Sat May 23, 2020 8:29 am Luang Phor Sudjai Dantamano, the successor to Luang Ta Maha Bua as abbot of Wat Pa Ban Tad, died from his injuries following a fire at his kuṭi yesterday afternoon.
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gavesako wrote: Sun May 24, 2020 3:36 pm Video from his funeral:
Bhantes, I didn't understand why the funeral service was so soon. I thought it was normal to have a week of mourning.

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mikenz66 wrote: Mon May 25, 2020 1:55 am Bhantes, I didn't understand why the funeral service was so soon. I thought it was normal to have a week of mourning.
I've read three different (though not necessarily incompatible) explanations offered in the Thai language press: that Ajahn Sudjai had expressed a wish for a quick and unfussy funeral; that cremating the body without delay would serve to minimize the size of the crowds attending the funeral (i.e. only the locals would be able to make it) and thus reduce the risk of Covid infection; and that the condition of the ajahn's body would have been a health hazard if it wasn't cremated quickly.
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Thanks Bhante. All sound like sensible reasons.

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