Phra Ratchawacharangsi, renowned Thai monk, dies at 89 after lifetime of devotion

Photo Courtesy of KhaoSod

Thai monk and respected author Phra Ratchawacharangsi, known for creating the sacred book “Man Pithi”, has passed away peacefully at the age of 89 after 69 years of religious service. The revered figure succumbed to his illness yesterday at Bangkok Hospital.

The news of Phra Ratchawacharangsi’s passing was shared on the Facebook page of Buddhist News, with followers and fellow Buddhists expressing their condolences. Born on September 1, 1933, in Kanchanaburi Province, the respected monk was previously known as Iam Supharat. He went on to become one of the most prominent religious figures in Thailand.

Phra Ratchawacharangsi, originally from a rice farming family, began his religious service on May 1, 1953, at Wat Benphad in his hometown. He later moved on to various positions within the Thai Buddhist community, culminating in his appointment as Phra Ratchawacharangsi, a high-ranking member of the Thai monastic community.

His major contribution to the Buddhist community was his compilation of the book Man Pithi, a collection of ancient verses and rituals essential to religious ceremonies. The book has become a source of reference for religious scholars and practitioners alike, ensuring that traditional Buddhist customs are preserved for future generations, reports Khaosod.

Phra Ratchawacharangsi was an esteemed figure not only in Thailand but also among international followers of Buddhism. His passing marks the end of an era, with the monk serving as a significant source of knowledge and guidance for generations of Buddhists.

“Phra Ratchawacharangsi (Iam Siriwanno) has passed away peacefully. We express our deepest condolences,” said the Buddhist News Facebook page, as scores of followers and Buddhists gathered to pay their respects to the esteemed figure.

Phra Ratchawacharangsi’s long and dedicated service to the Buddhist community in Thailand and around the world will be fondly remembered. As his followers mourn his passing, they will continue to be inspired by his extensive knowledge and devotion to the religious practices he so passionately upheld throughout his life.

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