Thursday, 29 May 2008

Glass coffin with body of revered Buddhist monk stolen from Myanmar monastery

Ven. Tharmanya Sayadaw - U Vinaya (1910- 2003 )

A group of armed men on Wednesday stole the body of one of Myanmar's most revered Buddhist monks, whose corpse has been preserved in a glass coffin since he died more than four years ago. Officials said the coffin containing the body of Sayadaw Bhaddanta Vinaya, better known as Thamanya Sayadaw, was stolen from the monastery in eastern Myanmar where he had preached.

The officials, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to release information, said at least nine armed men wearing camouflage clothing carried out the theft. They said they had no idea who they were or why they took the body.
Thamanya Sayadaw ― the abbot of Thamanya mountain ― was a highly revered monk who attracted thousands of followers to his temple daily before he died in November 2003 at the age of 93.
Among those who journeyed to pay homage to him at his mountain retreat 160 kilometers (100 miles) east of Yangon was pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. She, like most people in Myanmar, is Buddhist.

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