What was Chief Reverend Venerable Dr K. Sri Dhammananda like?
07-24-2018    The Star Online
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Chief Reverend Venerable Dr K. Sri Dhammananda<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The Star Online, September 6, 2006</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>What was Chief Reverend like? Here's what some people who have known him have to say:</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Mother A. Mangalam, 80, president of the Pure Life Society in Puchong, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Kuala Lumpur</st1:place></st1:City>, said: </SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"Rev Dhammananda's death is a great loss to the Inter-Faith Spiritual Fellowship (INSF). He's a person who, though Buddhist by faith, rises above all religions and cuts across all barriers." </SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Rev Dhammananda also had "wit and humour and always has a smile, no matter what."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Sasana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society of Buddhist Maha Vihara president S.W. Surendre said the vihara's chief monk was "a very dynamic and very compassionate person. He is an irreplaceable loss for a monk of his stature. When he came to reside at the Buddhist Maha Vihara, it was a stepping stone for this temple to go higher. Every Malaysian Buddhist considers the Buddhist Maha Vihara as the main centre of Buddhism in the country." </SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Ti-Ratana Welfare Society president Datuk Liu Thim Soon was touched and blessed by the Chief Reverend for the last 25 years. "Chief was full of energy whenever he preached and always had a set of jokes."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>At the eulogy ceremony on Sunday, Ven Dr Kakapalliye Anuruddha, former Vice-Chancellor of Sri Lanka University, said: "It's a sad day for Sri Lankan monks because one of their illustrious Sri Lankan monks had passed away." The Chief Reverend or Nayaka Hamuduruwo (an equal meaning term used in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Sri Lanka</st1:place></st1:country-region>) did not just explain Buddha's teachings but practised what he told others.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, who represented the government, said that Chief Reverend was a very powerful voice in promoting inter-religious harmony in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Malaysia</st1:place></st1:country-region>. </SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, who read a message from the President of Sri Lanka, said: "<st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Sri Lanka</st1:place></st1:country-region> had lost a great monk. The Buddhist world had lost a great missionary."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The eulogy of Buddhist Summit president Most Venerable Dr Kyuse Enshinjoh was read by Buddhist Summit of Japan secretary-general Venerable Fujikura of Japan, who described Chief Reverend as "a great dhamma friend and a true Supreme Buddhist".</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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