Friday, October 25, 2013
Thailand's Buddhist Supreme Patriarch dies aged 100
Thailand's most senior Buddhist leader, the Supreme Patriarch Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, has died aged 100.
Caption: Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara was admitted to hospital more than a decade ago
He passed away on Thursday after suffering a blood infection following recent surgery for an intestinal infection, doctors said.
He had been receiving treatment at Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok since being admitted for an illness more than a decade ago.
In 2004, a senior Buddhist monk was appointed to work on his behalf.
But he died earlier this year, leading to speculation about who King Bhumibol Adulyadej would appoint as the new Supreme Patriarch.
More than 90% of Thailand's population of 67 million are Buddhists.
Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, which means "a person of great insight", was born Charoen Gajavatra in 1913 in western Thailand.
He became a novice aged 14 and rose steadily through the ranks of the monkhood. He became Supreme Patriarch in 1989.
A friend of the Dalai Lama, he was revered by Buddhists worldwide.
Posted by Jendhamuni at 8:19 AM