The nation and the entire Buddhist community are mourning the loss of His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana Mahathera, who died at Chulalongkorn Hospital on the evening of Thursday 24th October 2013. He was 100 years old. His Holiness had been ill since 20th February 2002, when he was admitted to Chulalongkorn Hospital.
His Holiness, formally known as Charoen Gajavatra, was born in Kanchanaburi on Oct 3, 1913. He has two younger brothers. He was ordained as a novice at the age of 14 at Wat Devasangaram in his hometown and became a monk at Wat Bowon Niwet when he turned 20. At the age of 76, His Majesty the King approved the nomination of Phra Nyanasamvara on April 21, 1989, as the 19th Supreme Patriarch of the Rattanakosin Era. In September last year, the World Fellowship of Buddhists bestowed the title of “Sangha Leader of the Buddhist World” on the Supreme Patriarch. Sangha leaders from 32 nations made the decision at a summit in Japan.
Source: Bangkok Post