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The High Chief Priest of Malaysia and Singapore, Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda Nyaka Maha Thera passed away peacefully on Merdeka Day 31 August 2006. This day happens to be Malaysia's celebration of 39 years of Independance.

A 40 foot prye was constructed for the cremation at the Nirvana Memorial Park located at Semenyih, Selangor. It was a somber event and the ceremony was conducted with steep Buddhist tradition.

Those who attended the funeral ceremony was very fortunate in the sense that they manage to witness the use of a pyre to cremate the body of the Chief Reverand. The approval for the use of the prye was in recognition of the Chief Reverand's many contribution to Malaysia as a whole. On top of his contributions he has written over 70 books that has been translated to many languages.

In accordane to the Buddhist practice that nothing is permanent, the Chief Reverands body was cremated. Around 2.5 tons of Sandalwood was managed to be collected for this event.

The picture shows the final stages of the cremation where the 40 foot prye has collapsed altogether. Withnessing the event sadly was Venerable Dharma Ratana who himself is a very well known reverand in Malaysia. He so happens to be the nephew of the Chief Reverand. He is in the foreground on the right being comforted by a fellow reverand.

I hope members do not find this picture disturbing. Just wanted to share a somber moment reflecting the practice of Buddhist Monks where finally everything has to return to the earth.

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