Passing Away of a great Sangha Member

Passing Away of a noble Sangha Member.

The Chief Prelate (Mahanayaka) of the Amarapura Nikaya most Ven. Aggamaha Pandita Davuldena Gnanissara Thero passed away this morning (3rd April). The Mahanayaka Thero was 102 years old at the time of death. (Mahanayaka (also spelled as Maha Nayaka, Maha Nayake) theros are high-ranking Buddhist monks who oversees and regulates the Buddhist clergy in Theravada Buddhist countries. The title Maha Nayaka translates to English as 'Great Leader' and it is considered to be a very important position held by a monk in a Theravada Buddhist country. It is usually bestowed upon the senior Buddhist monks who are appointed as the chief prelates of monastic fraternities known as Nikayas.)
He was such a great monk who was respected by many for his noble mission as a virtuous, educated Buddhist monk. His service to the Buddha Sasana in Sri Lanka was irreplaceable, He was well versed in Buddha Dhamma, Pali, Sanskrit and Sinhala and has written a number of books apart from leading a noble life as a role model. It would be a great loss to the Sri Lankan Buddha Sasana in particular and to the world Buddha Sasana in general. Sri Lanka needs more monks like this to uplift the spiritual and religious values of the country to make it a blessed country with Peace and Co-existence.

May the great Maha Nayaka Thero attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana!
May Sri Lanka find more great Sangha members like him!
May the Buddha Sasana shine and blossom to make our world a land of Peace, Tolerance and Non-violence!

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