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Honoured and humbled by thoughtful gesture

by AZLAN RAMLI, New Straits Times, Sept 4, 2006

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- As a reporter with The Malay Mail between 1994-2005, I met Rev K. Sri Dhammananda several times — usually during Wesak Day celebrations he led at the Buddhist Maha Vihara (temple) in Brickfields and on a few other occasions.

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Tears and tributes at Chief Venerable’s funeral

The New Straits Times, Sep 4, 2006

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Glowing tributes, tears and prayers accompanied the Venerable Dr K. Sri Dhammananda Nayaka Maha Thera on his final journey yesterday.

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Late Rev Dhammananda served all mankind, says Malaysian Chinese leader in eulogy

The Star, September 4, 2006

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The late Venerable Dr Rev K. Sri Dhammananda - Chief High Priest of Malaysia and Singapore - was a man who dedicated his life to promoting peace, understanding and harmony.

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Thousands attend cremation to pay respects

The Star, September 4, 2006

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Thousands of Buddhists turned up at the Nirvana Memorial Park in Semenyih, to pay their last respects to Venerable Dr Rev K. Sri Dhammananda, the Chief High Priest of Malaysia and Singapore.

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Farewell to the Chief

The Buddhist Channel, September 4, 2006

Lighting of 40 foot pyre “releases” Chief from this world

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- The funeral for the late Dr. K Sri Dhammananda, who passed away last Thursday was carried out with solemn dignity at the Nirwana Memorial in Semenyih, Selangor today. The program was on schedule despite the thunderstorm and wet conditions. About 5,000 devotees attended the ceremony.

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Sri Lankan PM pays last respects

The Sunday Star, September 3, 2006

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake paid his final respects to Chief High Priest of Malaysia and Singapore, Venerable Dr Rev K. Sri Dhammananda Nayaka Maha Thera at the Buddhist Maha Vihara here yesterday.

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Dhammananda... served till the very last

By Yong Tiam Kui, The Sunday Times, Sep 3, 2006

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- His name means "one who experiences happiness through the Dhamma (teachings of the Buddha)". This was the name 12-year-old Martin was given when he was ordained as a novice Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka.

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40 foot pyre for the "Chief"

The Buddhist Channel, Sept 2, 2006

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia --  Buddhists in this part of the world will witness for the first time the use of a pyre to cremate the body of the late Venerable Dr K Sri Dhammananda. The event is expected to be held at the Nirwana Memorial, Semenyih at 5 pm on Sunday, September 3, 2006.

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Malaysian Chinese leaders pay last respects to chief monk

The Star, Sept 2, 2006

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Leaders from the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), led by party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, paid their last respects to Chief High Priest of Malaysia and Singapore Venerable Dr K. Sri Dhammananda Nayaka Maha Thera who died on Thursday.

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The Dharma of no language

Eulogy by Kooi Fong Lim, The Buddhist Channel, September 2, 2006

Vast oceans are merely creased by waves
deep with cunning are the hearts of knaves
water evaporates eventually the bottom shown
when the Chief crossed over his final thoughts remain unknown

- Gary Gach, Poet and Author of “Idiot Guide to Understanding Buddhism”

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