MOURNING THE LOSS OF THE ABBOTT OF KHAO TAKIAB MONASTERY

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The Prachuab Khirikhan Governor, former Members of Thai Parliament from Phetchaburi, Buddhist monks and local people attended a funeral bathing ceremony of Luang Pho Eed, the Abbot of Wat Khao Takiab Buddhist Monastery, who has recently died of cancer.

 

The funeral bathing ceremony held on 12th September 2013 at 4 p.m. At Wat Khao Takiab Buddhist Monastery was presided over by Phra Thep Sutthaporn, a venerable and highly revered monk from Wat Indarawihan in Bangkok.

 

Luang Pho Eed suffered from prostate cancer for two years. He was admitted for medical treatment at Hua Hin Hospital before being transferred to Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok. His body will be put in a glass coffin after the 100 night funeral so that people and his disciples can pay respect to him. Anyone who would like to sponsor the funeral is welcome to contact the administration office at Wat Khao Takiab.

 

Ordained on 18th November 1978 at Wat Pho in Bangkok, Luang Pho Eed moved to Wat Khao Takiab and started a development project for the temple. The monk was a well know speaker admired by both Thais and foreigners because he could preached in Thai and English. In 1989, the United Nations invited him to deliver an English speech in New York. He was awarded the U-Than prize from the UN as a world Buddhist preacher.

 

In 1990, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn gave Luang Pho Eed a gold wheel of Dhamma to honour his contributions and using Buddhism to develop the local community.

 

Apart from honourary awards, Luang Pho Eed held many positions in Buddhism administration and development in Thailand. He was an Abbot of Wat Khao Takiab, a diplomatic Buddhist monk of Thailand, Chair of the Dhamma exam committee and recently given the title “Phra Sassana Sophon Siripha Watjana Rapho” by the Sri Lankan Buddhist head monk.

 

Born on 6th April 1936 in Bangkok, Luang Pho Eed’s former name before ordainment was Mr. Weerasak Phetsing. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Economics from London University after completing his education at Amnuay Silpa School in Thailand. With his excellent English skills, Mr. Weerasak’s prodessional career include positions at Kasetsart University and Air France in Asia and the Pacific.

 

He decided to become a Buddhist monk on 18th November 1978. He was a monk for a period of 33 years before passing away at the age of 77.

 

Luang Pho Eed has one brother, Mr. Niran Phetsing, who is a former Governor of Phetchaburi.

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