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Thailand Suprems Patriach turns 100
On this auspicious occasion, Wat Bovoranives, Bangkok, which is also the residence of the Supreme Patriarch, will be holding a seven-day celebration beginning from October 3.
During the 7 days many activities will be held, such as a 4-dimension exhibition on the life and work of his holiness, a display of his diaries and writings, merit making ceremonies and a series of sermons.
His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, the Supreme Patriarch of the Thailand (Suvaddhana Mahathera), whose name at birth was Charoen Gajavatra, was born in Kanchanaburi Province, on October 3,1913. His Holiness was ordained as a novice at Wat Devasangharam in Kanchanaburi when he was 14 years old. He enrolled for Dhamma study at Wat Bovoranives Vihara until he reached the minimum age required in order to be ordained as a monk. His Holiness was ordained as a full-fledged Buddhist monk at Wat Bovoranives Vihara by His Holiness Prince Kromma Luang Vajiranyanavamsa on February 15, 1933, and stayed there until he passed the ninth grade, the highest level of Pali study as constituted by the Thai Sangha in 1941.
His Holiness has served as the Supreme Patriarch since 1989. A highly studious person, he has always had the habit of acquiring new knowledge, especially languages. His self-study methods include reading English newspapers, listening to BBC English broadcasts, and reading English books on Buddhism. Besides English, His Holiness has also studied German and French and learned Chinese. He is the first Supreme Patriarch who did not come from a royal lineage.
His Holiness Somdej Phra Nyanasamvara, the Supreme Patriarch, turned 100 on October 3rd, 2013 and is also considered the longest living Supreme Patriarch in the Thai history. Recognized as one of the most important Buddhist scholars of our time, His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch has greatly contributed to the of the Buddhist education, administration, teaching, and dissemination.
Source:National News Bureau of Thailand.