Nepal’s Chief Prelate monk passes away.

Yen (Kathmandu), Nepal Mandala – The most Venerable Bhante Buddhaghosha the eldermost Buddhist monk in Nepal passed away this morning at the age of 90. Known as Sangha Naayaka (President of Buddhist monks), his body remains lay with religious honour at the Sumangala Buddha Vihara in Lalitpur till tomorrow (Sunday) evening and will be cremated on Monday.

The Most Venerable Bhante Buddhaghosha, the chief Prelate of Nepal

If a monk of his calibre expires in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Burma, a state honour will be given by the Government of these countries and head of the states will visit the departed monk and pay respect. But we are yet to know how the demise of a respected Buddhist monk is treated by the President and the government of Nepal where the Buddha was born. The Newah expresses its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved Buddhist community of Nepal and aborad mourning his demise. May he attain to blissful Nirvana!

Update Sep. 26, 2011
Bhante Buddhagosa was cremated today afternoon at Sankhamola crematorium amidst chanting of sutras by hundreds of venerable monks, nuns, followers and wellwishers joining the procession from Lunkhusi to Sankhamola despite all day long rain. To learn more about Bhante Buddhaghosa and his contribution to peace, please visit here for English article; to read the article published by Annapurna Post, click here .

4 thoughts on “Nepal’s Chief Prelate monk passes away.”

  1. Asha Ratna Sakya(Gambhir)

    Nothing is permanent,The Bhante Buddhaghosh is one of the examples Shrotapanna state that one canl read from his face,words,and from his respected disciples who still are standing in front of us. Let the departed Chitta be ended in the Nibbana.

  2. Yes..it is indeed sad that the pillars of Thervada Buddhism in Nepal are slowly disappearing.
    Thervada Buddhism is simple yet it lacks the much needed ‘charisma’ of Lamaism.
    I have been wondering if we the followers of Thervada Buddhism could discuss one day how and in what concrete ways can we make the practicing of our brand of Buddhism more ‘attractive’ so as to attract more followers?
    I am especially concerned about the growing number of Buddhist Newars who are ‘neutral’ to religion and who do not understand their mother tongue. They won’t understand, and neither would they sit over, an hour long recital of ‘sutras’ if he/she can’t understand what is being chnated and what does it actually mean?
    Let us just think how we can revive it and this could be our ‘sincere’ and true’ tribute to the most respected Venerable Buddhaghosa.

    (Adarshaju, had you joined the funeral procession of the late Bhante this afternoon, you would have been amazed to see hundreds of people from all age groups joining the procession from Lunkhusi to Sankhamola despite rain all day long. – The Newah)

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