Thailand pays last respects to Supreme Patriarch over 3 days

Thailand pays last respects to Supreme Patriarch over 3 days
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BANGKOK'S Wat Pathum Wanaram has created a song titled "Saeng Ploeng Sudthai" (The Final Flame), sung by Thanaporn "Parn" Waekprayoon, to honour His Holiness the late Supreme Patriarch, whose funeral and cremation begin today and run until Thursday.

The song - inspired by Buddha's teaching that what could be broken was "loka" and what remained was "dharma" - was produced by talents including Thitawaso Bhikkhu of Wat Pathum Wanaram, the lyric composer; Dechanat Thiraduriyangsarit and Ratchapong Somsri, music composers; and Jessada Sutharamorn who arranged the music. People can listen to the song via https://youtu.be/4mnztEUHSjg and download it from channels including iTunes, Kkbok, Line Music and Google Play.

Income will fund the temple's Pathumma Mahasikkhalai Project, said the temple's public relations official Phra Pakornwin Thitawaso.

The temple will gather dokmai chan funeral wooden flowers, and Wat Pathum Wanaram will organise "Kitanchalee Puja" (worship to express gratitude via music), narrating His Holiness' life story and works as well as stage performances and an exhibition tomorrow evening, he added.

At Wat Bovoranives Vihara, some 500 monks from around the country as well as many public members yesterday attended a charity event to honour His Holiness.

Samut Songkhram housewife Piangpen Cheunchoy, 58, said she and family members travelled from 8am to pay respects to His Holiness. When they saw the charity event was hosted, they paid respects to the late monk at a designated spot within the temple.

She said that on the cremation day tomorrow, she would lay dokmai chan at a nearby temple. "I respected His Holiness, as he was a Supreme Patriarch who lived simply, and I read and apply his teachings and in daily life," she added.

Meanwhile, national police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda yesterday presided at a meeting at the Metropolitan Police Bureau to discuss security and traffic plans for the Supreme Patriarch's funeral until Thursday. Affirming the police's readiness to perform the task, he said 3,000 officers would be deployed in this operation.

Pol Colonel Phusit Wisetkhamin, deputy city police commander for traffic, said tomorrows funeral procession would start at 8am to carry His Holiness' body to the Royal Crematorium at Wat Thepsirintharawas. As a result, Phra Sumen, Lan Luang, Krungkasem and Luang roads will be closed from 5am. The procession will take around two hours and the roads will be reopened after the procession passes, he said. From 2pm to 10pm, the roads around Wat Thepsirintharawas will also be closed, he added.

Public members can lay dokmai chan for His Holiness tomorrow at various temples and designated locations in all provinces. Visit www.prd.go.th/main.php?filename=sangharaja for details.

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