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International condolences for His Holiness

MONASTIC and secular heads of Buddhist organisations in Japan, India and the United Kingdom have sent messages of condolence to the Supreme Patriarch's secretariat office over the passing of His Holiness, a secretary to the 19th supreme monk said yesterday.

The office is working on an official statement over His Holiness' passing, which will be sent to Buddhist organisations worldwide, said Phra Sakkayawongwisuit.

He did not give details about which organisations would receive the statement, but explicitly named the UK-based Oxford University’s Buddhism Study as one of them.

A total of 5,000 copies, comprising a group of well-known sermons by His Holiness, are being published to be given away next Thursday - the first auspicious seventh day after his passing last Thursday. The book, titled "Present Life Is Short-lived, But So Important", contains several much-published chapters of the sermons, he added.

At the service held at Tamnak Phet pavilion in Wat Bovoranives Vihara, a song of the same title will be played in memory of His Holiness. It will be vocalised by Parn Thanaporn and composed by the Pathumma Sikkalai Institute. The lyrics were written by Phra Thitawaso of Wat Patthumwanaram and the song was arranged by studio engineer Jessada Sutharamorn.

HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn presided over a daytime prayer rite yesterday while a huge crowd of mourners attended the service. A limited group of 20 or 30 people were allowed to attend the service to prevent crowd congestion. An elderly woman fainted while standing in a queue and was treated briefly before being sent to a hospital.

A song titled "Life is Little, but Vitally Important" based on a famous sermon by the late Supreme Patriarch will soon be released in memory of the 19th supreme monk, a secretary said yesterday.


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